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Lower 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.
 

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To celebrate a successful end to the second unit, families were invited to join their students in a variety of activities, including song recitals, presentations, and other hand-on activities to support and celebrate their student’s learning. To learn more about the PYP in the classroom, view Pre-Elementary and Lower School at ISI. 

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The International Baccalaureate, or IB, is a worldwide education program designed to provide students with an education fit for a globalizing world. The IB stresses the importance not only of academic achievement but also personal development in the classroom. With immersion and dual language programs in French, Mandarin, Spanish, and English, the IB develops worldly thinkers. Here are the top five reasons ISI recommends pursuing an IB diploma.