Chinese Preschool

Our preschool and kinder program is for children from three to five years old.

Language immersion

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Full-immersion Chinese

Unlike other schools where language is relegated to a class session per day or private instruction, ISSA provides a full immersion Chinese school experience. Students meet, greet, eat, and participate in all activities in Chinese, receiving nonstop input appropriate to their age and level of understanding.
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Comprehensible input

Our teachers communicate understandably, using gestures, visuals, repetition, and speaking slowly. These techniques are applied to all lessons, such as a math lesson or a story, enabling students to acquire Chinese as they learn other content. ISSA students become proficient in Chinese at an age-appropriate level.

Well-rounded curriculum

Our holistic program exposes children to a broad range of subjects:

  • Languages
  • Mathematics
  • Physical, social and personal education
  • Arts
  • Exploring the world

English language arts, including phonics, are introduced in preschool. Parents can choose an optional third language for their children offered weekly. Choices are Spanish, French, Chinese, or Russian.

Our Chinese preschool curriculum is aligned with Texas state education standards and exceeds requirements in language arts and mathematics. Courses are enhanced with global best practices, such as Singapore Math. The Chinese program includes stories and songs from the Chinese-speaking world as part of its language arts instruction. We also teach developmentally appropriate history and geography in the Chinese–speaking world.

In addition to full immersion preschool education, we foster an environment that promotes diversity, inclusion, respect for others, collaboration and teamwork, and kindness.

Opportunities outside the classroom

ISSA collaborates with San Antonio parks and museums, including The DoSeum, the McNay Art Museum, and San Antonio Botanical Gardens—developing signature programs, events and after-school activities.

Offerings include:

  • Museum mornings
  • Culinary arts classes
  • Field trips

Flexibility with convenience

With licensed childcare and educational offerings in one place, ISSA programs are convenient and cost effective. Parents do not have to organize separate language lessons, schools, or classes in addition to preschool or daycare. Full day and half day options simplify scheduling for busy families.

Our schedule

Full Day: 8:00 AM – 3:15 PM
Half Day: 8:00 AM – 11:45 AM

Before School: 7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
After School: 3:15 PM – 5:00 PM
Spring Break and Summer Camps

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