In our Elementary School, we believe in enhancing students' understanding of relevant concepts for today's world and the future. This means developing skills, building knowledge, and applying their learning to a variety of new contexts. Our students are empowered to solve problems, question the world around them, and develop and test hypotheses in a collaborative, supportive environment. We believe that young students are naturally curious. We enhance our students' 21st-century learning skills by providing engaging learning experiences. As our students learn to work together, they grow to understand different perspectives and strengthen their social skills.
PreK 3 and PreK 4 focuses on mastering basic learning skills either through the ISB program or the ISB Dual Language Program. The early years in a child's development are critical for playing and creating in a supportive environment. This is a time for young learners to test ideas, solve problems, develop trust, and build relationships with peers and teachers. Our students learn through play–based activities. ISB's learning studios have an abundance of resources to develop specific skills and prompt interactions during structured play.
Our youngest students have daily Chinese lessons and are also engaged in Chinese language and culture learning. This cross-curricular approach to learning takes place in our dedicated learning studios, our outdoor learning environment and indoor sports facilities.
We recognize that each student has an individual learning style and that students make progress in different areas at different rates. We believe it is our task to align the learning experience with the needs of each student, and work closely with parents to support their child's unique learning journey.
Our counselors address the academic and developmental needs of all students by collaborating with students, parents and teachers.
Our counselors offer a variety of parent workshops throughout the academic year and are available for parent consultations. We understand that moving to a new school, or new country, can be daunting. Our counselors provide support to students and their families through key transitions, including when a family first joins ISB and when it is time to consider leaving.
Our Elementary School counselors provide a range of activities for both parents and students to help students learn important lessons about themselves and how their choices affect others. Our Elementary School students learn about Kelso's Choices in regular guidance lessons. This conflict resolution and character education program offers simple strategies students can use for dealing with situations they may find difficult.