Preparatory School

Preparatory School

The ACEA Primary Level curriculum is an integrated one. It uses a webbed approach where a theme that is Science or Social Studies based corresponds with the reading series. The contents of the traditional subjects are rearranged to fit into the themes.

With a focus on nurturing spiritual, academic, and personal growth, ACEA offers a safe and supportive space where students thrive. Our commitment to excellence ensures students are prepared to become adaptable, compassionate leaders who positively impact their communities.

We believe in fostering responsibility and accountability in our students. In the Primary department, students take ownership of their learning by purchasing workbooks, supported by a Book Rental Fee paid in the first term. Our textbook lending system encourages careful handling, with books returned at the end of the academic year. Students are expected to cover textbooks to maintain their condition, and charges apply for any lost or damaged materials, reinforcing the importance of respect for shared resources.

We value balanced learning experiences, including homework assignments that foster growth and reinforce classroom learning. Our approach ensures that homework is purposeful and manageable, with tailored expectations for each grade level. From Kindergarten to Grade 6, students are encouraged to engage in nightly reading, cultivating a love for learning beyond the classroom. The average homework assignment is designed to take approximately 30 minutes, promoting academic progress while allowing students time for extracurricular activities and family engagement.

We uphold academic rigour and integrity through our examination policies. All students participate in compulsory examinations at the end of Report Period 1 (Michaelmas Term) and Report Period 3 (Trinity Term). Absences are excused only with a doctor’s certificate, ensuring fairness and accountability. During examinations, strict guidelines prohibit communication and any form of cheating, emphasizing our commitment to honesty and excellence. Additionally, our students have opportunities to participate in external and national examinations such as the Bahamas Junior Certificate (BJC) and Grade Level Assessment Tests (GLAT), further demonstrating our dedication to academic excellence.

We prioritize a structured and safe learning environment for our students. Our school hours, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (with exceptions noted for Bishop Michael Eldon School), provide ample time for academic engagement and extracurricular activities. Punctuality is emphasized, with students expected to arrive before 8:25 a.m., and attendance is compulsory. Additionally, our commitment to student safety is evident in our policy that once students are on campus, they must remain until dismissal unless prior permission is granted by the principal, ensuring their well-being during school hours.