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Pre-elementary AT ISI

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

Following the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) we begin with pre-elementary classes for students ages 3 through 5 (kindergarten).

We believe that each child enters our school already possessing a wide range of knowledge, skills, attitudes and understandings about our world. Using our play-based and inquiry-based PYP curriculum, our teachers, all of whom are native speakers of the target language as well as English-proficient, work with and empower our young students to question, problem solve, take action, and reflect.

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, 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.  Students in the 3 year old class have four units of inquiry, pre-kindergarten have five units of inquiry and starting in  Kindergarten each grade level has six 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 pre-elementary students have morning and lunch recesses, and a nap/quiet time in the afternoon followed by a snack.

With nine teachers and nine assistant teachers, the overall student-faculty ratio in pre-elementary classes is 8:1. Pre-elementary classes can vary in size from very small to a maximum of 14 students in the 3 years old class, 16 in Pre-Kindergarten and 18 in Kindergarten.

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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.