The American School of Murcia was founded by Ildefonso Mendez, professor at the University of Murcia and creator of the renowned educational project Educar para Ser (Educate to Be), now established in over 100 schools in Spain, Argentina and the United States.
Our teaching approach is based on scientific evidence which indicates that self-regulation skills, also called soft skills or non-cognitive skills because they do not depend on an individual’s IQ, are the key to personal and occupational well-being throughout one’s life.
These self-regulation skills refer to each child’s ability to manage frustration and waiting, postpone gratification, set goals, plan and organize time, maintain sustained attention, control impulses, and solve real life problems, as well as to develop critical thinking skills, creativity, resilience, empathy, and the ability to work in teams.
These skills are crucial to functioning properly in a world which is increasingly global and uncertain, to making good, more reflective and less impulsive, decisions, to obtaining good jobs and performing successfully at them, and to managing complex situations regularly encountered throughout life.
The American School of Murcia’s educational program is the basis of the research project, Educar para Ser, which has demonstrated its effectiveness in improving self-regulation skills.
Specifically, it has been scientifically shown that boys and girls who participated in Educar para Ser, the educational program created by Professor Ildefonso Méndez’s team, achieved increases of more than 10% per school year in both operating memory (short term) and the ability to control impulses as well as achieving significant improvements in creativity and the ability to plan for the future.
Likewise, the OECD has recognized the educational program on which our program is based as one of the most relevant in the world to stimulate these crucial skills in children.
Institutions such as the OECD, the United States Department of Education, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation recognize that self-regulation skills are the most important to achieve social and educational success in the 21st century.
Additionally, the American School of Murcia has signed a collaboration agreement with Junior Achievement, a prestigious American multinational focused on promoting entrepreneurship. Our children will be pioneers in the Region of Murcia as they will have access to all of this prestigious international institution’s training courses.