Elementary SCHOOL AT ISI

The ISI Lower School nurtures and develops young students as caring, active participants in a lifelong journey of learning.

Our Lower School follows the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) in grades 1 to 5.

This is a time when students begin taking an even more significant role in directing their own hands-on learning and finding answers to their questions. We believe in encouraging our students to be curious, critical thinkers, inquirers and reflect on what they have learned. Our teachers, all of whom are native speakers of the target language as well as English-proficient, aim to build on the attitudes and skills that students began developing in pre-elementary.

Through our program, students not only learn to speak an additional language, but they also learn how to successfully navigate change, develop the intercultural competence to easily flow between different cultures, and embrace perspectives other than their own. 

 

Curriculum

Using a structured inquiry-based approach, the PYP gives children a strong foundation in languages, mathematics, social studies, science and technology, visual arts, music, physical education, and personal and social education. The Units of Inquiry are transdisciplinary themes that include and transcend subject areas and are used to learn about the world.  Each grade level follows a unique Program of Inquiry, with six transdisciplinary units of inquiry. 

School Day

The Lower School starts classes each morning at 8:15 a.m. and the school day ends each day at 3:00 p.m. All students have morning and lunch recesses. 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.

Beyond the Classroom

Learning and exploring goes  beyond the classroom, and it’s through these activities that students connect what they’re learning in class to the real world. Elementary students attend overnight camps and go on field trips that support the elementary curriculum.
 

Areas of Study

School News

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ISI Staff

Last week, Grade 8 students wrapped up their Interdisciplinary Unit - Global Issues Global Solutions, which combined their learning and skills from Individuals and Societies classes and Science classes. The International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum is built to help students connect their learnings between subjects and develop problem-solving skills, and the Global Issues Global Solutions Unit is a great example of interdisciplinary learning at ISI.

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ISI Staff

Happy Staff Appreciation Week! This week, our entire faculty and staff were celebrated by ISI families, the Parent Association, Board of Directors, and School Leadership for all of their hard work. Thank you to the ISI staff that makes everything we do possible! Keep reading for more information about some of our incredible faculty and staff members