The ISI Lower School begins with pre-elementary classes for students 3 years old through kindergarten before transitioning to the elementary school years from grades 1 to 5.
All pre-elementary classes are part of our language immersion program
, with teachers who are native speakers of the students’ target language leading classes.
Elementary classes for grades 1 to 5 also follow the IB Primary Years Program curriculum and begin taking 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 elementary students' 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.
Lower School Support Services
All 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.