Get to Know Our Personalized Educational Program that Works!

At the American School of Murcia we offer education which respects each child’s development process Quality education which guarantees compliance with the United States Common Core learning standards Education which improves self-regulation skills for children as young as 3 years of age all the way up to post-secondary education.

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.

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Our educational project has proven its effectiveness in improving both children’s self-regulation skills (10% improvement per course) and their academic performance. Our boys and girls, already at 6 years of age, obtain between 1.5 and 2.1 points more in mathematics, science and reading comprehension than other children with similar characteristics who have not been trained by us.

American School of Murcia effectively improves the abilities of boys and girls to manage their emotions, maintain sustained attention, develop social skills, postpone rewards, plan, work as a team, be creative, etc., while enhancing their academic performance.

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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.

These are the skills that, according to scientific evidence, our children will need to be happy in an increasingly global and uncertain world, to get good jobs, or to undertake successfully, to be responsible people with themselves and with others.

Institutions such as the OCDE, 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.

Early Childhood Center

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The American School of Murcia has selected the HighScope curriculum for its Early Childhood Center because it provides a rich academic foundation while promoting active learning, decision making, cooperative play, creativity, independence and problem solving in young children. The HighScope curriculum includes learning objectives coherent with the U.S. Common Core Standards, and assessment measures.

As Vygotsky indicated, self-regulation develops in a natural way during make-believe play. That is why we devote 30 to 45 minutes every day to pretend play. Make-believe play helps preschoolers conquer impulses by giving them repeated practice in acting independently of what he sees.

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Elementary School

The daily routine includes a variety of learning activities and interdisciplinary projects designed by our research team to foster students’ self-regulation.

According to the Spanish Law, Lengua española and Ciencias sociales are taught in Spanish. Anyway, these are the only two subjects taught in Spanish in our Elementary School. Additionally, our students also learn a third and fourth language to choose among German, French and Chinese.

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We follow the International Primary Curriculum (IPC). Learning with the International Primary Curriculum means that children focus on a combination of academic, personal and international learning that is exciting and challenging. The aim of the IPC is to help every child enjoy learning a wide range of subjects and to develop an enquiring mind, personal attributes that will help throughout teenage and adult years. Students develop a sense of his or her own nationality and culture, at the same time developing a profound respect for the nationalities and cultures of others. Through the IPC approach to learning, children develop the knowledge, skills and understanding necessary to confidently face the world of tomorrow.

The IPC was introduced in 2000 and has been successfully meeting the learning needs of children for many years. It took four years with leading educational thinkers, school leaders, highly skilled teachers and curriculum writers to create the IPC. Its continued development today ensures that children are learning a current and highly relevant curriculum based on the very latest research into the brain and the increasing understanding of how children learn.

Almost 2,000 national and international schools use the IPC in over 90 countries. This, in turn, eases the international mobility of both teachers and students.

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The Team

The team of professionals at the American School of Murcia is unique in its international scope and qualifications. Our teachers are chosen not only for their excellent command of the English language, but also for their affinity with our educational program, and they are extensively trained before starting to work with us.

Next, we present the members of the Governing Board of the American School of Murcia.

Ildefonso Méndez

Mr. Ildefonso Méndez

Responsible for Educational Programs.

Head researcher for the educational project Educar para Ser.
Director of the Center for the Study of Non-Cognitive Skills at the University of Murcia.
Educational consultant for the OECD and the IEA.

Ildefonso Méndez

Ms. Isabel Torrecillas Diaz

Executive director

CEO of American School of Murcia.
Grade in Management.
Researcher for the educational project Educar para Ser.

Ildefonso Méndez

Ms. Paulina Jara

Art Director at American School of Murcia

Member of the Academic Committee of the postgraduate course in Art Therapy at the University of Chile.
Art Director at American School of Murcia.
Illustrator and researcher in the educational project Educar para Ser.

Ildefonso Méndez

Ms. Gema Zamarro

Consultant on Educational Quality

Professor at the University of Arkansas.
Director of the Charassein: the Character Assessment Initiative.
Collaborator in the educational project Educar para Ser.

Ildefonso Méndez

Ms. Marikay McCabe

Educational Leadership Consultant

Educational Leadership Consultant.

Columbia University in the City of New York.

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