At Promesa, we strive to be different - not for the sake of being different, but because public education in our country needs to look and feel different for our children to truly thrive.
We promise to create a space where children love learning and where teachers have the time and support to build meaningful relationships with every child and create authentic and engaging learning experiences.
SUBJECT-EXPERT TEACHERS STARTING IN KINDERGARTEN
We know that students learn best when taught by teachers who are experts in their subject matter. At Promesa, we recognize that elementary education is the foundation and determiner for students’ future success in middle and high school and college, and as a result, we ensure that our students have teachers who are deeply knowledgeable and passionate about the subjects they teach. Starting in Kindergarten, our students will have an expert teacher for each subject, instead of one teacher who tries to balance teaching five or six different subjects.
This means your child will be taught by music and art teachers who are practicing musicians and artists themselves; by literacy teachers who are authors and poets; by math teachers who consider themselves mathematicians and love problem solving; and by physical education teachers who practice healthy living every day!
AUTHENTIC AND ENGAGING LEARNING EXPERIENCES
We believe that to truly engage students in what they are learning inside of the classroom, we also need to expose them to how what they are learning is relevant to the world beyond the classroom. Too often students ask the question, “When will I ever use this?” as they lack engagement in what they are being taught.
At Promesa, we design learning experiences that occur in rich learning contexts and feel similar to the activities of professionals in the field. This may look like project-based learning experiences designed by our grade-level teams that allow children to dive deep into a topic from various perspectives, or it may look like students engaging in a rich discussion to test the mathematical validity of a statement proposed by another student. We never hesitate to take students outside of the classroom and bring experts into the classroom when doing so provides a more powerful and engaging learning experiences for our students.
NURTURING THE WHOLE CHILD
We believe that each child is priceless and has a unique combination of strengths and talents, some still undiscovered. Every child has the need to connect to others and know that they belong as their internal reality is just as important as an adult's and deserves our full respect and love.
At Promesa, relationships will be at the foundation of our classrooms. Our staff will spend time with our students inside and outside the classroom, during lunch and recess, and before and after school as we work to strengthen our relationships with our students. We will work to build a strong sense of both classroom and schoolwide community and to develop our students’ social-emotional skills to help them grow into caring, respectful, responsible members of our community who love and respect themselves and those around them.
We feel incredibly fortunate to serve families in San Antonio and will proactively build supportive and productive relationships with families and the community. We hope to conduct home visits with every new family to understand each family's hopes and dreams for their children and to form strong, lasting relationships, built on a foundation of respect, love, and understanding.
We are also committed to building genuine relationships with our surrounding community because we know that when we work together, we can make a much more positive and lasting impact in the lives of our students.
The vision for Promesa has been co-created by the community from the very beginning and we hope to continue to get feedback and insight from our families and community members as Promesa evolves and improves over time.