The Ashton School is a PK-12 private school accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)/AdvancED, offering an academic program that results in college readiness for both local and foreign universities.
Students receive English instruction in the core subjects, in accordance with U.S.-based Common Core curricular standards, as well as Spanish instruction in the subjects required by the local Ministry of Education. Technology integration is strongly emphasized and as a result all middle and high school students have been issued an iPad for instructional purposes and Elementary School will have access to a mobile iPad lab. We are also committed to shaping our students to become exemplary and God-loving citizens by providing a character education program based on biblical principles and service learning experiences at each grade level.
The academic and character education programs are enhanced with co-curricular developmental opportunities such as: ensuring that students have consistent physical education instruction from PK through 12th grade (including mandatory swimming in 2nd – 8th grade); fine arts classes at all grade levels; high school offerings such as Model United Nations, Global Issues Network, Student Council, National Honor Society and educational field trips. The Ashton Connections and Enrichment (ACE) after school program extends the curricular offerings to include: soccer, introductory gymnastics, basketball, volleyball, cheerleading, dance as well as a junior choir.
Please join us to learn more about our school. We look forward to the opportunity to meet you and to speak to you about the Ashton School’s commitment of Inspiring Minds and Transforming Hearts.
For further information or to arrange for a school tour prior to the Admissions Open House, please contact us at 809-562-0891.
Head of School
Our Guiding Principles
Academic Excellence• Deliver a guaranteed and viable curriculum based on U.S. (Common Core, AERO) and Dominican (MINERD) standards, which will provide students with the knowledge and skills in core subjects that will result in college readiness for both local and foreign universities.
• Provide instruction in both English and Spanish in accordance with curricular guidelines.
• Use a comprehensive assessment system to provide feedback for improvement in instructional practices which results in student performance that makes it evident that students are learning. (Breakthrough School Improvement & amp; ASPAS).
• Help students become academically and socially prepared to meet the demands of a 21st Century workforce by developing the four C’s of 21st Century Education: Critical thinking/problem-solving, Communication, Collaboration and Creativity/Innovation skills. (Partnership for 21st Century Skills)
• Provide students with information, media and technology skills to keep up with the rapid changes in technology that are known to improve student learning and the ability to use technology appropriately and for practical purposes. (ASPAS)
• Actively engage students in the learning process (Breakthrough School Improvement)
• Use a variety of research-proven instructional approaches. (Breakthrough School Improvement).
Equitable Learning Opportunities• Give all students in our school an equal opportunity to learn by allowing them to demonstrate learning in a variety of ways while meeting curricular standards and benchmarks.
• Allow for accommodations to enhance learning if necessary.
• Offer AP, Honors and online courses, as well as explore other learning opportunities for students who are ready for greater challenges.
Socio-Emotional, Spiritual and Character Development• Provide a balanced and rigorous academic program that integrates principles as presented in the Bible, to shape both the intellect and hearts of our students.
• Teach students about a loving and just God, as well as the life and teachings of Jesus Christ as presented in the Bible, with emphasis on Jesus’ example as a man, Savior and role model for all humankind. (MINERD)
• Demonstrate loving, joyful, peaceful, patient, kind, good, faithful, gentle, responsible, honest, respectful and self-controlled behaviors and attitudes. (Galatians 5:22-23 & Ashton founding values are underlined)
• Uphold a conduct policy founded on loving & logical actions while balancing justice and grace.
• Guide students to take responsibility for their actions by helping them carry out a behavior improvement plan, when necessary, that is guided by another set of four C’s that encourage the students to: Consider (reflect on) their actions, Confess (admit) their actions/attitudes, Commit to future improvements and ultimately be able to demonstrate and document the Change that has taken place. (Culture of Grace)
• Provide an environment in which students enjoy school, are able to make friends and feel like an important member of the group.
Social Responsibility• Foster global perspectives and understandings for cultural diversity while continuing to respect and cultivate Dominican heritage.
• Provide an environment that promotes community relationships with the less fortunate and service learning opportunities at all grade levels.
• Exhibit an awareness of and appreciation for God’s creation by demonstrating good stewardship of our resources and respect for life.
Extended Learning and Development• Provide students with opportunities to explore and develop life and career skills.
• Offer rigorous co-curricular activities that will contribute to healthier and physically active lifestyles, allow for exposure and experience in the arts and develop additional skill-sets to complement classroom learning. (ASPAS)
• Expose students to a variety of athletic disciplines including: soccer, basketball, swimming, ping-pong, volleyball.
• Provide student leadership and extended learning opportunities through clubs, Student Council, National Honor Society, Model United Nations, Junior Achievement and other offerings.
Organizational Effectiveness, Integrity and Community Relationships• Employ qualified, enthusiastic and dedicated teachers prepared both professionally and morally, making us an academic community which is concerned about the academic achievement of our students as well as their spiritual, emotional, physical and social growth. (ASPAS)
• Provide on-going professional development for the instructional and administrative staff in order to improve student learning.
• Employ and develop leaders that will strive for high academic student achievement and sound spiritual values based on the school’s vision and mission.
• Provide a safe and physically comfortable environment that promotes student learning. (Breakthrough School Improvement)
• Provide adequate physical and human resources, equipment, facilities and overall support systems to enhance overall organizational effectiveness and in turn improve student learning.
• Monitor student performance and organizational effectiveness using data to guide the decision-making process.
• Engage in continuous school wide improvement by developing and adhering to a strategic plan, individual action/improvement plans and a continual self-analysis in compliance with accreditation standards.
• Maintain responsible and sound financial practices based on recognized accounting practices.
• Ensure that school wide decisions and actions (instructional, administrative, and operational) are consistent with the school’s guiding principles. (ASPAS)
• Focus on a shared vision, goals, and actions to improve student performance. (Breakthrough School Improvement).
• Maintain constant and effective communication among parents, students and staff based on kindness, responsibility and respect.
• Encourage parental involvement, in cooperation with parent representatives, to contribute to our students’ academic and personal development