Elementary School Principal Message


Welcome to the Elementary School at St. Johnsbury Academy Jeju. We are looking forward to a successful school year that continues to build on the foundations of inquiry, character, and community. The Elementary school prides itself on supporting the whole child as a learner. We strive to set a strong academic, social-emotional, and language foundation for students as they engage in collaborative learning throughout their day. 

Inspired by the Reggio Emilia philosophy, the approach to learning in the Early Childhood program weaves inquiry throughout purposeful play, that is constructed to enhance deeper learning experiences. The emphasis is on  hands-on, play-based inquiry learning that supports the development of foundational skills and encourages students to become part of a community of learners. 

We are a student-centered learning environment where students are encouraged to embrace 21st century learning skills such as communication, collaboration, critical thinking and problem solving. Inquiry and project-based learning in the Elementary School program are driven through units of study where the design process is emphasized. Students complete their elementary studies in fifth grade with a Capstone Project that showcases students' learning and curiosity around global issues.

Within the Elementary School, our English as an Additional Language Program (EAL) supports English Language Learners’ language development using the Immersion Model, where student needs are best met in our language-rich classrooms.  Our EAL programme supports all language learners through the co-teaching model at each grade level. 

At SJA Jeju, the Elementary School offers a variety of learning opportunities for students to grow both academically, socially, and emotionally. We set a strong foundation for students to continue their learning journey into secondary and to begin to embrace what it means to be a global citizen. Our highly qualified and talented faculty and staff are committed to providing the best educational experience for your child. 

Please continue to explore our website to learn more about our school. 

Kind regards,

Ms. Carla Chavez

Elementary School Principal