Educate to be

Proven education

At American School of Murcia we offer an education that is respectful of the development of each child, of the highest quality, which guarantees compliance with the United States Common Core learning standards. An education that has been shown to be able to improve children's self-regulation skills and academic performance.

Early Childhood Education American School Murcia

Our educational center was promoted by Ildefonso Méndez, professor at the University of Murcia and principal investigator of the educational project Educate to Ser, present in more than 100 schools in Spain, Argentina and the United States.
American School of Murcia was born to offer an education of the highest quality based on scientific evidence. A family educational center, with a single line, with a maximum number of 20 students per classroom, in which each student and her family feel part of our community, never just another number.

Our educational project has proven effective by 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 boys and girls' abilities 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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It is because of that the OECD has selected our educational program as one of the most relevant in the international sphere to improve both academic performance and soft or self-regulation skills of 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 obtain good jobs, or to be successful entrepreneurs, to be responsible people with themselves and with others.

Institutions like the OECD, United States Department of Education, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation recognize that self-regulation skills are the most important to achieve personal, educational and social success in the XNUMXst century.

Likewise, at American School of Murcia we have a collaboration agreement with the prestigious American multinational that promotes entrepreneurship. Junior Achievement Program. Our boys and girls will be pioneers in the Region of Murcia by receiving all the training courses of this prestigious international institution.


Our proposal for boys and girls from 3 to 5 years old consists of combining our project to improve self-regulation Educate to Be, from which routines emanate that abundantly permeate the daily routine, with the international curriculum International Early Years Curriculum, specifically designed to stimulate active learning and emotional and social skills in children aged 3 to 5 years.

Boys and girls from 3 to 5 years old learn to make decisions in a more reflective, less impulsive way, to relate positively with their peers and with other members of the educational community, while assuming responsibility for certain daily tasks. All curricular activities are carried out in English.

Self-regulation skills develop naturally thanks to a stimulating environment, highly trained teachers

qualified and trained, to the importance of working in pairs and in small groups and, above all, to the important relative weight that theater or dramatization games have in our daily routine. Every day our children dedicate between 30 and 45 minutes to dramatization games, which is essential for the development of their self-regulation skills (emotion management, social skills, creativity, planning, working memory, among others) and communication.


Our proposal for boys and girls between 6 and 11 years of age combines our soft skills stimulation program Educate to Be, present in all subjects, with the International Primary Curriculum (IPC), which works from the following subjects: Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, ICT & Computing, Technology and Robotics, History, Geography, Music, Physical Education, Art and Society.
As required by current Spanish regulations, the subjects Spanish Language and Social Sciences are taught in Spanish, with the rest of the curriculum being developed in English. Our students have the option of learning German or Chinese as a third language.

Learning through the IPC curriculum involves children learning by combining the academic and the personal in a motivating and challenging way. The main aim of the IPC is to help every child enjoy learning across a wide range of subjects, develop an inquiring mind and their own personal skills.

Children become aware of their own nationality and culture, while developing a deep respect for the nationalities and cultures of others. Through the IPC approach, students are prepared to confidently face an increasingly global future.

The IPC was introduced in 2000 and has since managed to meet the learning needs of children and young people. The IPC is the result of 4 years of research by leading educational thinkers, school leaders, curriculum creators and leading teachers.

Its continuous development ensures that children learn a current and highly relevant curriculum, based on the latest brain research and growing understanding of children's learning.

The IPC curriculum is present in nearly 2.000 national and international schools in more than 90 countries, which greatly facilitates the exchanges of our students with educational centers in other countries.

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Mr. Ildefonso Méndez

Mr. Ildefonso Méndez

Responsible for Educational Programs.

Principal investigator of the Educar para Ser project. Director of the Center for Studies in Non-Cognitive Skills, University of Murcia. Consultant on education at the OECD and the IEA.

Ms. Isabel Torrecillas Diaz

Ms. Isabel Torrecillas Diaz

Executive Director

Co-founder of American School of Murcia.CEO at American School of Murcia.Graduated in Business Administration and Management.Researcher in the educational project Educate to Ser.

Ms. Gema Zamarro

Ms. Gema Zamarro

Consultant on Educational Quality

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