The Elementary School is comprised of six self-contained classes, grades K to 5, each with its own homeroom teacher who instructs students in the core subjects of English, Math, Science, Social Studies and Technology. Classroom
teachers collaborate with and are supported by a Librarian, and specialists who teach Spanish Language, Sociales, Music, Art and Physical Education. All subjects are taught in English with the exception of daily Spanish language classes.
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. Portfolios allow students to chronicle their learning and achievements. Twice a year, students present their portfolios to their parents and discuss their goals and 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!
6 Pillars of Character
This year, as an elementary school, we will continue to implement a character education program called the 6 Pillars. This program focuses on 6 different traits; Caring, Responsibility, Trustworthiness, Fairness, Citizenship and Respect. During the year, classroom teachers will be teaching lessons around a certain trait. Our current trait is Fairness.