Welcome to the Elementary Section of the Banjul American Embassy School, The Gambia. As is the case in all sections of BAES, we pride ourselves in being a positive child focused community with highly qualified teachers and professionals who work with parents to establish a warm, inviting and engaging learning environment. At present, the elementary section is comprised of three divisions: a Grade K - 1, Grade 2-3 and a Grade 4.

    The elementary school program of studies is designed to equip every child with the basic learning skills that are required in order to be responsible and contributing members of the school community. Elementary school youngsters discover the joy of learning in a warm, nurturing and inviting environment. While fostering a life-long love of learning, we work to develop responsible citizens within our community. Reading for meaning, writing for a variety of purposes, mathematics, science and social studies are built through a varied curriculum inclusive of art, music, physical education, swimming, host country studies, library and computer integration. Every effort is made to identify and meet individual needs and interests of students; different and diverse teaching strategies and methods are therefore utilized in order to meet this end.

    A wide range of after-school activities are offered to students from KG to grade 9, Tuesdays and Thursdays for each trimester, from 15h00 to 16h00. After-school activities may include various sports, arts and crafts, academic support, drama, dance, swimming, computers and more.

    We are a professional learning community committed to a continual review of our program and teaching practice to provide the best learning environment for the students of BAES. We believe that learning is most meaningful when learners are involved in experiential, collaborative and constructivist approaches. By having students develop goals, reflect and then share these goals with parents, students take ownership of their learning and teachers focus on individual needs.

    BAES strives to provide a progressive program with increasing student responsibility for their own achievement as students progress through grades K - highs school. The independent learning strategies emphasized in the BAES elementary program prepare students for the increasing demands of grades 5 - high school.