Young male student listening to instruction in the Lower School library

 

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.

Areas of Study

School News

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ISI Staff

Following a comprehensive and extensive search process that engaged more than 30 international candidates, the International School of Indiana is thrilled to announce that Timothy Stroh, M.Sc has been selected by Head of School Elizabeth Head and has accepted the position of Lower School Principal, effective July 1, 2023.

Stroh, a native of Indiana, will return to the state with extensive teaching and leadership experience in both independent and international schools. He currently serves as Vice Principal - Academic Achievement and Wellbeing at Berlin Metropolitan School (BMS) in Berlin, Germany. 

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ISI Staff

Kyle Kuzmic attended the International School of Indiana (ISI) from Pre-Kindergarten until he graduated in 2011.

After his time at ISI, Kyle continued his education at Indiana University Bloomington, double-majoring in Human Biology and French. After completing his undergraduate degrees in 2015 he continued his education at the IU School of Dentistry, completing his Doctorate in Dental Surgery and then at the Texas A&M College of Dentistry for his Certificate in Orthodontics and Master’s in Oral Biology. 

Kyle credits his education at ISI for opening up doors for him in college and beyond, including using his French to study abroad in Aix-en-Provence for 6 months during college, and to embark on dental service trips to Haiti while in dental school