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International Elementary School, Finding Their Way

The elementary curriculum follows the IB Primary Years Programme and the national curriculum of the language being taught.

Grades 1 through 5 at ISI build steadily on the strong foundation established in our pre-elementary program. Elementary students play an even greater role in directing their own hands-on learning and finding answers to their questions.

The language immersion process is still a major factor in their educational lives. In Grades 1 through 3, students begin to receive an hour a day of formal instruction in English. Music is also taught in English. By Grades 4 and 5, about half of students’ school week is spent in English, the other half in their target language.


Elementary Classes

The student-faculty ratio for the elementary grades is 8:1. Classes can vary in size from very small to 18 students. The average class size is 12-15 students.

WhyISI-buttonGrades 1-4 meet on the 49th Street campus. The elementary school day begins at 8:15 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m. Students have morning and lunch recesses, which are staggered to accommodate the various grades.

Grade 5 meets on the Blackwell Building on the Michigan Road campus. Their school day begins at 8 a.m. and ends at 3:30 p.m. Students have morning recesses and walk over to the cafeteria for lunch at 11:20.


Extracurricular Activities

To reflect our multicultural spirit, ISI incorporates celebrations from many cultures into our school year. Examples include our bell-ringing ceremony at the start of the new school year (Ukrainian in origin), a formal breakfast in early December (from the Dutch tradition of Kerstontbijt), the French Fête des Rois (a traditional Epiphany celebration in January with a marzipan ‘galette’ or cake), the Mexican Cinco de Mayo (5th of May), and others.

Elementary students attend overnight camps and go on field trips that support the elementary curriculum.