Lower School | K-5

The ISA Lower School program is rich and stimulating, both because of the academic rigor and the act of learning in a second target language – French or Spanish. Our students “learn to read” then “read to learn.” They take these fundamental skills and use them to analyze, think critically, and create. By studying in this multicultural and multilingual environment, our students become global citizens of the world at a very young age.

Following the European Curriculum, the Lower School includes Grades K to 5 – which corresponds respectively to “Grande Section, CP, CE1, CE2, CM1, and CM2” in the French system and “Preprimaria, Primer, Segundo, Tercero, Cuarto y Quinto Grados” in the Spanish system.

Program Subjects

The subjects studied in French or Spanish immersion are:

The subjects studied in English are:

Kindergarten

Our Kindergarten curriculum prepares children for their journey through Lower School within a nurturing environment. The program focuses on promoting creativity, problem-solving and social interaction through strong language, reading, writing, and math activities. The curriculum is organized as follows:

The French/Spanish Kindergarten classes have 4 hours/week of English, 2 hours of Physical Education, and 1 hour/week of Music. The 4 hours of English are devoted to Language Arts. All the other subjects are taught in French/Spanish.

The French/Spanish 1st to 5th grades have 6 hours/week of English, 1.5 hours of Physical Education, and 1 hour/week of Music. The 6 hours of English are devoted to Language Arts and Social Studies. All the other subjects are taught in French/Spanish.

For more information about the curriculum, 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.

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