ALASCA has a modern, evidence informed and value driven approach to facilitating the learning of our students. We support our students in developing the skills, knowledge and attitudes needed to be successful in further studies and careers. Furthermore, we aim to help them develop certain characteristics, traits and a mindset that reaches beyond academic success: our students are the leaders of tomorrow and, therefore, we place strong emphasis on our students' development into ethically conscious, international minded and responsible adults.
Our IB Programme, as well as our Dutch curricula in the junior and senior years, aim to develop learners who strive to learn, act and think according to the following learner profile:
We use critical and creative thinking skills to analyse and take responsible action on complex problems. We are able to use logical reasoning and empirical facts analyse situations and problems. We exercise initiative in making reasoned, ethical decisions.
We act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness and justice, and with respect for the dignity and rights of people everywhere. We take responsibility for our actions and their consequences. We also support others in adopting these traits.
We express ourselves confidently and creatively in more than one language and in many ways. We collaborate effectively, listening carefully to the perspectives of other individuals and groups. We pro-actively ask for help and offer our support to others when needed.
We show empathy, compassion and respect. We have a commitment to service, and we act to make a positive difference in the lives of others and in the world around us. We are interested in the well-being of those around us.
We develop and use conceptual understanding, exploring knowledge across a range of disciplines. We are able to think and engage with problems from both mono-disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches. We engage with issues and ideas that have both local and global significance. We analyse, compare and evaluate empirical facts to get a better understanding of the world we live in.
We thoughtfully consider the world and our own ideas and experience. We reflect on our ideas, ideals and behaviour, as well as its impact on others. We work to understand our strengths and weaknesses in order to support our learning and personal development.
We nurture our curiosity, developing skills for inquiry and research. To this aim we are academically minded and highly digitally skilled. We know how to learn independently and with others. We learn with enthusiasm and sustain our love of learning throughout life.
We critically appreciate our own cultures and personal histories, as well as the values and traditions of others. We seek and evaluate a range of points of view, and we are willing to grow from the experience. Perspectivism and relatvism are tools we use to increase our understanding of others.
We understand the importance of balancing different aspects of our lives—intellectual, physical, and emotional—to achieve well-being for ourselves and others. We recognize our interdependence with other people and with the world in which we live. We show resilience in dealing with temporary setbacks and disappointments, and we also support others in building an attitude of resilience.
We approach uncertainty with forethought, determination and courage; we work independently and cooperatively to explore new ideas and innovative strategies. We plan ahead, but are also able to improvise and adapt. We are resourceful, creative and resilient in the face of challenges and change.