Experience is everything, and ESA-Puerto Rico's academic program proves it. From PK through 12th grade, our curriculum emphasizes problem-solving, hands-on learning, and critical thinking. Academics at ESA-PR blend content and enrichment to encourage curiosity and inspire learning. Students are active participants, experiencing their education through challenge and exploration.
With small classes, every student progresses. Enrichment clusters, electives and independent studies give students opportunities to learn with others who share their interests.
Teachers who are passionate about the subjects they teach set an example for a lifetime of curiosity and growth. They share their love of learning with their students every day.
Through place-based learning, students explore and face challenges that broaden their knowledge, teach them to work together, and give them the confidence to succeed.
Teachers, advisors, grade level deans, counselors, chaplains, academic support teachers, and coaches are available to help students navigate academic, social, and extracurricular challenges.
On campus, teachers incorporate technology as one of the many tools that contribute to learning.
Through visual and performing arts, ESA students step into the roles of artists to learn the skills and establish the foundation for exploring their creativity.
Almost every Lower School teacher either has a master's degree in gifted education or is currently working toward the degree. Teaching assistants hold bachelor's degrees, and many are working on master's.
At ESA Lower School, students learn at their own pace. Our teachers will group students by ability level, with groups changing depending on subject and interest. By differentiating instruction, teachers give students their own set of goals and challenges.
Each morning, students and teachers gather in the Enrichment Center for Chapel, a time of worship, singing, sharing, and learning from each other. Teachers often tell stories from their lives or share a favorite scripture. Students offer well-prepared presentations about kindness, staying in the struggle, service opportunities, and even the dress code.
Learning By Doing
Whether it's conducting experiments in the science lab, recreating literary scenes with Lego figures, or walking the campus with cameras in hand to record history, ESA's middle schoolers take an active approach to learning.
From Student Council and class officers to club and team captains, middle schoolers find plenty of chances to lead. Students have the opportunity invited to serve as hosts for visitors and to coordinate community service events.
Through class and advisory competitions, clubs, and service projects middle schoolers get to know one another and move between groups. Participatory sports give every student the chance to become a member of the team.
As students learn to think critically, creatively, and independently, the Upper School curriculum supports their learning with challenging courses and opportunities for independent study.
In Upper School, students lead the community. The Student Council organizes events, coordinates service opportunities, encourages school spirit, and represents the student's voice in conversations with the administration.
Network of Support
Teachers serve as mentors and advisors, coaches and friends, with teacher-student relationships a central component of the strength of ESA's community.