All curricular and co-curricular programs in the elementary school aim to fulfill the ISK mission, vision and educational Aims. In order to prepare the students for a rapidly changing world, we believe that they should not only be literate and numerate in a multitude of subjects and fields but develop a real passion for such pursuits.
We recognize that students have different needs and learning styles and teachers work to ensure that the delivery of the academic and non-academic programs allow each student to be successful.
- Language Arts
- Units of Inquiry in Science and Social Studies
- Additional ES Classes
- Assessment in the ES
- Student Support Services
- Co-Curricular Program
- Additional Features of the ES Program
- Handbooks and Parent Guides
- Curriculum On Line
The Language Arts program challenges students to read, write, listen, and speak effectively in order to communicate with others. There is a strong literacy connection that is embedded in all areas of the curriculum. Direct reading instruction is based on each student's reading level; in addition, shared reading and large group reading activities form the basis of the reading program. Writing units are genre-based in order for students to develop a range of writing skills.
The ISK mathematics program requires students to persevere and reason as they engage in rich, authentic tasks where they must make sense of and apply mathematical concepts. Each grade level has 3-4 critical areas that are addressed in multiple ways over the course of the year as students build fluency, confidence and perseverance in solving mathematical problems.
Units in Social Studies and Science are designed to engage students’ natural curiosity. Teachers begin by laying a foundation of knowledge, and then students’ own interests and curiosity help guide the learning. Many units integrate both social studies and science concepts as well as library skills, art, music and technology. Units of inquiry in both Social Studies and Science foster students’ ability to create their own learning and solutions. All units are centered around an “enduring understanding” or “big idea.”
Students also attend regular classes in: PE (including swimming), Music, Art, Library, IT, and Modern Language (Spanish or French). Please see the link to the Grade level Curriculum Guides for further information on what these classes offer.
How do we know students are learning? We believe that asessment is the continuous process of gathering, analysing and interpreting evidence so students and teachers can make informed decisions that enhance student learning. Click here for more information about ISK's assessment policy and grading practices.
Student Support Services in the elementary school support students' emotional, social and academic well-being.
- The Elementary Learning Support Program provides multi-tiered, scaffolded instruction to students with different learning needs. There a
- English Language Learners (ELL) for students who are not yet peer competitive in the English language
- Two guidance counselors work with students, parents and teachers to ensure that students are healthy, happy and safe.
The ES Co-Curricular program features quarterly sessions of after school activities centered around creativity, culture, leadership and action(sport). The elementary school also features a growing service learning program. The aim of this program is to develop students who are confident and competent in contributing to and learning from their community.
An extensive and comprehensive Student Support Services department which caters to the needs of :
English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)for students who are not yet peer competitive in the English language
Learning Support- for students who need additional and/or extended learning opportunities.
Guidance & Counseling: The 2 ES counselors work with teachers, students and parents to address academic, social and behavioral needs of the students. The counselor works with individuals, small groups and entire classes.
Intercultural Trips- Each grade level has a unit focusing on Kenya. Both the Intercultural Trips (overnight for Grades 3,4 and 5) and Field Trips (day or part of a day only for Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 2) are linked to this part of the curriculum.