The Elementary School is comprised of six self-contained classes, Grades K-5, each with its own homeroom teacher who instructs students in the core subjects of English, Math, Science and Social Studies. Classroom
teachers collaborate with and are supported by a Librarian, Technology Coordinator and specialists who teach Spanish Language, Music, Art and Physical Education. All subjects are taught in English with the exception of daily Spanish language classes and music.
A standards-based curriculum drives instruction in the elementary school. Teachers use a theme-based approach to instruction, and integrate subject areas when possible. Real world lessons and hands-on experiences are incorporated within daily instruction to link theory with practice.
The wide range of language abilities among students at ISS require teachers to implement a variety of instructional strategies to engage the students in learning, facilitate their growth, and encourage success. Spanish as a Second Language (SSL) classes are available for non-Spanish speakers and English language support is given to students who need reinforcement. In addition, teaching assistants work with individual students in the classroom to provide individualized instruction and support.
ISS utilizes standards-based assessment in Grades K-5 to describe what a student should be able to do at each grade level in all subjects. Standards-based report cards provide a clear picture of what the student knows and the extent to which the student has mastered the skills required to move to the next grade level.Twice a year, parents will meet with teachers to review student progress. Additionally, students will be maintaining a portfolio of their work throughout the year. Portfolios allow students to chronicle their learning and achievements. In May, we will have a evening event for students to present portfolios of work to their parents; discussing their learning goals and celebrating their achievements.
We encourage our parents to be actively involved in their children’s education, to read with their children nightly and to encourage them to strive for excellence. Moreover, we welcome parent volunteers on campus in classrooms, the library and at special events.
The best thing about ISS is that students love coming to school!