ISB is hosting virtual admissions tours this fall! Join us for a virtual tour to discover our program, get to know our school, and look inside our classrooms.

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ISB is hosting virtual admissions tours this fall! Join us for a virtual tour to discover our program, get to know our school, and look inside our classrooms.

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Lower School
(1st to 5th Grade)

 

ISB’s  holistic approach to education in a language immersion setting prepares students for the intellectual challenges of the next phases of their education and personal growth. It focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer - both in the classroom and in the world outside.ISB’s Kindergarten-5th Grade program incorporates local and global perspectives and issues into the curriculum, asking students to look at six related, transdisciplinary themes that provide the breadth of exploration across disciplines. Throughout the curriculum, students engage in six-week long transdisciplinary Units of Inquiry, focusing on such themes as “who we are”, “where we are in place and time”, and “how the world works”.

By developing their inquiry skills at this early stage, students become active learners and have the opportunity to take charge of their own learning. All units also incorporate field trips to give real-life context to what is being learned in the classroom.

1st Grade to 5th Grade Overview

  • 1st–3rd Grades: 75% instruction in the target language (French or Spanish), 25% in English
  • 4th–5th Grades: 50% instruction in the target language, 50% in English
  • Culturally and linguistically authentic classrooms: Books and resources are primary language only (not translated), and teachers bring in their own cultural backgrounds to reinforce lessons
  • Head teachers are native speakers in their language of instruction
  • Core subjects (Math, Science, Reading, Writing, Social Studies) are taught in an interdisciplinary manner everyday, with additional weekly classes in Art and Science and twice weekly classes in Physical Education and Music (twice weekly in 2nd Grade-5th Grade, weekly in 1st Grade)
  • Twice daily recess
  • School Day Hours: 8:30am–3:30pm (extended care available from 3:30pm–6pm)
  • Project-based learning is incorporated into each unit, allowing students to build their skills and synthesize learned content

Keep Exploring:

“Same Sun Here”: the 5th Grade Winter Book Club

At the beginning of 2020, twelve ISB 5th Graders signed up to participate in a new Library initiative: a student book club. From late January to mid-March, the group met in the Library every Thursday afternoon. Students gathered over lunch to have conversations about a book selected by Head Librarian Maria Falgoust: Same Sun Here by Silas House and Neela Vaswani. The lively discussions and engaging activities that followed were co-facilitated by ISB parents and Library Committee members Shayna Wellington and Marianne Gimon and Associate Librarian Eli Hetko.

Student Action Brought Composting to ISB!

After three months of students consistently separating food waste from other trash, the habit of composting is now firmly established in the ISB Cafeteria.

Literature, Life, and the Love of Reading in the Learning Commons

By Jasmine Chu, Sophie Amieva, and Regan Penaluna, Library Committee Co-Chairs Everyone loves to linger in the ISB Library! Preschoolers cuddle up in the morning with their parents and a good book. Lower Schoolers gather to do homework or unwind on the bean bag chairs. Middle Schoolers collaborate on group projects. Students especially adore adore

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