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Starting Out Strong With International Preschool

Beginnings are important, especially for our youngest children. Our pre-elementary school lays the groundwork for everything our students will achieve in elementary and beyond.

Our pre-elementary school consists of 3-year-old, pre-K, and kindergarten classes. All pre-elementary classes are part of our language immersion program, with teachers who are native speakers of the students’ target language.

WhyISI-buttonPre-elementary classes use the curriculum set by the IB Primary Years Programme.

Pre-Elementary Classes

With nine teachers and nine assistant teachers, the overall student-faculty ratio is 8:1. Pre-elementary classes can vary in size from very small to 16 students. Classes near the larger end of this spectrum will certainly have a full-time teaching assistant. Teaching assistants are either native speakers or are perfectly fluent in the target language for their class.

The pre-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.

Pre-K Art
Pre-k dance

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.

Field trips to local points of interest support our pre-elementary curriculum.