Elementary

Grade 1 to 5: Age 6 -11

ISSP aims to make learning relevant and meaningful to students with a rigorous American curriculum which focuses on giving students an all-round education. We recognize that children come to us as distinct individuals with unique experiences, backgrounds, abilities and interests. Our teachers promote cross cultural understanding and differentiate instruction to meet each student’s varying needs, abilities and learning styles. We provide a balanced education program within a safe, stimulating environment so that each child can learn and grow to their greatest potential.

Rigorous American Curriculum

We offer a rigorous American curriculum based on AERO (American Education Reaches Out) standards. AERO is a project supported by the U.S. State Department’s Office of Overseas Schools and the Overseas Schools Advisory Council (OSAC) to assist schools in developing and implementing standards-based curricula (www.projectaero.org). AERO provides a framework for curriculum consistency and enables us to set standardized assessments which are integral to all teaching and learning. It enables teachers to assess each student’s progress to understand where students are and set individualized learning plans.

Our Elementary School curriculum includes instruction in English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Art, Music, Physical Education, Library Skills, Technology and includes an interactive educational iPad program.

Our Language Arts program is designed to help students acquire the ability to write and speak well and to examine, process and use information gained through listening and reading skills. Problem solving, critical thinking and mathematical computation skills are strengthened through a balanced approach.

Assessment and Achievement

Each child’s achievement is continually assessed. Teachers use a variety of assessment techniques including testing for knowledge and skills, observations, portfolios of students’ work and analysis of project and practical work. Attitude, learning skills, social relationships and effort are considered equally important when looking at the overall development of the child.

We use the Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) (www.nwea.org) Measurement of Academic Progress (MAP) standardized testing which take place twice a year, in the fall and spring. MAP testing generates a student’s score and detailed report within 24 hours. This allows teachers to know precisely where each student needs additional instruction in real time and how students may be grouped for a more effective learning dynamic.