Early Childhood School
18 months - 2 years old
2-3 years old
3-4 years old
4-5 years old (Pre-Kindergarten)
At ISA, the Early Childhood School starts with children at 18 months of age and is dedicated to a language-emergent experience, focusing on the unique learning and social/emotional needs of the younger child. Our program is designed to welcome students throughout the school year, with three options in PK1 to PK3 to ease the transition. These options are 5 full-day, 5 half-day, or 3 full-day programs.
The first steps are understanding the target language, and then moving to the use of the language during everyday activities. Our PK1 through PK4 classes are full immersion in the target language.
Our program sets the foundations for reading, writing, and problem-solving. The skills acquired are gross and fine motor development and the ability to concentrate, to control behavior, to analyze, to communicate, and to socialize. We feel that the early years should be positive and fun, while enriching children’s knowledge and understanding of the world and their place in it. We see parents as important partners in this effort.
Our French and Spanish Programs are organized into the following six domains:
Our daily schedules include center-based instruction called “workshop” or “atelier” or “taller”, which encourages cooperative learning while building pre-academic skills with hands-on activities.
During a typical day, all children participate in large and small group activities, games, free play, songs, stories, quiet time (naps for PK1, PK2, and PK3), outdoor recess, snack, and lunch.
ISA follows a consistent schedule. In addition to being a licensed childcare facility, we are a fully accredited, non-profit, independent international school that offers a structured curriculum, and follows a traditional school calendar for all students beginning at age 18 months.
For more information about the curriculums, please visit the website of the French Ministry of Education / Le Ministère de l’Education Nationale (look in “Les Instructions Officielles”) or the Spanish Ministry of Education / El Ministerio De Educación y Ciencia.
Choosing a French Education
Enrolling your child in a French school from “maternelle” onward is giving him or her the chance to grow harmoniously in a caring environment, perfectly adapted to his or her needs. It also means giving your child the opportunity to start learning languages progressively and efficiently. Attendance at an ecole maternelle prepares children well for future school life learning, basic numeracy and literacy, as well as life skills such as teamwork, respect for others, and imagination. Children are also introduced to art, sciences and physical education. Download this flyer in Spanish and Englise to learn more. Why don’t you come and see it for yourself?