Visit us to learn more about our innovative Nursery-8th Grade inquiry-based French and Spanish language immersion program. Register now for a fall tour!

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Visit us to learn more about our innovative Nursery-8th Grade inquiry-based French and Spanish language immersion program. Register now for a fall tour!

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Kindergarten 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.

 

Kindergarten to 5th Grade Overview

  • Kindergarten: 90% instruction in the target language (French or Spanish), 10% in English
  • 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 Nursery-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
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Ambassadeurs en Herbe North American Regional Finals

On April 3rd and 4th, ISB hosted the Ambassadeurs en Herbe North American regional finals, a debate competition among French schools from around the world. 40 students from eight different schools in North America participated in the regional finals. Participating schools included: Lycée Rochambeau of Washington, D.C., Lycée Claudel of Ottawa, Collège International Marie de France of Montreal, Lyceum Kennedy of New York, Collége Stanislas of Quebec City, International School Broward of Miami, and Lycée Francais de Toronto, and our very own International School of Brooklyn.

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Mon Fils Princess

The French Kindergarteners have been discussing the topic of gender identity in class. They explored and shared their ideas about what qualifies as boys' clothes or girls' clothes, boys' haircuts or girls' haircuts. The students talked about this social construct and how it is important to be open minded when meeting people who look and dress differently. As part of their discussions, the class recently read the book My Princess Boy, by Cheryl Kilodavis, to the class in English.

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The Buddy Bench is Here!

By Dr. Liz Helbraun, School Psychologist and Lower School Counselor The Buddy Bench is an anti-bullying, pro-kindness initiative to help students find someone to play with during recess times. An American boy saw the Buddy Bench used in his school in Germany and brought the idea to the US when he returned to school here. Now Buddy Benches are being used all over Europe and the United States. I started looking into the Buddy Bench after hearing about it from a mother at ISB. What’s nice about this approach is that it’s very child-directed, rather than adult-directed. It gives our students a tool for helping peers and making friends.

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