Elementary School

Our exceptional bilingual elementary program marries academic rigor, a fun supportive environment and individualized learning. It helps children become multilingual, confident participants in their worlds—wherever their gifts and lives take them.

Bilingual instruction

In Elementary School, our international curriculum is delivered in a target language of either French, Spanish or Mandarin Chinese and English. Students are developing their reading skills in both languages and building their foundational knowledge of math, science, social studies and arts. In each learning area of the lower elementary curriculum, we encourage students to question the world around them. 

In Upper Elementary, as students become more independent and sophisticated learners, they are trained to think for themselves, encouraged to solve problems and become involved in research and resources. Computer Science is added to the curriculum. Our teachers facilitate learning through collaborative projects among different language tracks. 

By consolidating the fundamental knowledge and skills and increasing English instruction in Elementary School, we allow an ideal transition to either an English-medium or a target language-medium Middle School.


  • No previous exposure to a target language is needed to begin the Elementary School at ISSA
  • Over 50% of instruction is in French, Spanish or Mandarin Chinese
  • Third language of choice 
  • Financial aid is available to returning and new students


  • Rigorous international curriculum
  • Second and third language acquisition (Spanish, French,  Chinese, Russian)
  • Individualized learning and small class sizes
  • Multicultural environment
  • Extracurricular classes during after-school hours
  • Before- and after-school care

Our schedule

School Program: 8:00 AM – 3:15 PM

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

First day of school: August 12, 2024

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