International Elementary School, Finding Their Way

The elementary curriculum follows the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program 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 more significant role in directing their own hands-on learning and finding answers to their questions.

The language immersion process is still a significant 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. ISI is the state's only school offering full language immersion in three languages for Pre-K - Grade 5 students. 

Our lower school students are supported by learning support specialists, language support teachers, teaching assistants, and specialist teachers in art, technology, physical education, and music.

Students have computer labs and libraries with age-appropriate collections in English, French, Mandarin, and Spanish.

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.

Grades 1-5 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.

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.