From their first days at EIS, our Elementary students are active participants in their own learning.
Caring and experienced teachers work diligently to ensure that all students have a smooth transition from home to school and progress successfully through the meticulously developed curriculum.
Our small class sizes allow for maximum teacher/student interaction, assisting students to learn to solve problems, create products and make meaning out of information in an American educational context.
Programs in Language Arts, Math, Social Studies and Science are complimented by classes in Music, Art, Computer, Library and Physical Education. Please see the links to the left for a comprehensive overview of what programs are offered at each grade level and how this relates to your child.
English skills are developed through interaction with teachers and fellow students, alongside intensive reading programs and reading marathons. A reading buddy program has been developed whereby older students are paired with younger Elementary students to share skills and develop confidence. Our students are expected to speak English while on school, even during lunch and play time. This helps build vocabulary and fosters the long term retention of language skills.
Our curriculum follows National Standards for student achievement developed in the United States. We utilize American accredited textbooks and strive to provide students with the same educational experiences that they would enjoy in an American school stateside.
Elementary is organized into the following eight levels:
For students aged two and half by October 1st
For students aged three and half
For students aged four and half
- grade 1
- grade 2
- grade 3
- grade 4
- grade 5
English as a Second Language (ESL) classes are available for students who would benefit from additional development and support in the subject of English.
Grades and Assessment
Pre-Kindergarten through to Grade 2 do not receive letter grades. Alternatively, narrative accounts of strengths and weaknesses are given by teachers every nine weeks along with indicators and progress.
Midway through each term, progress reports are given to each student. These must be signed by a parent and returned to the teacher within seven days of distribution. Communication with parents following receipt of these reports to discuss their child's performance is encouraged.
For grades 1 to 2, a letter grade is given for work completed. as follows:
||Excellent (Exceeds Grade Level Expectations)|
||Proficient (Meets Grade Level Expectations)|
||Capable (Progressing toward Grade Level Expectations)|
||Needs Improvement (Not making steady progress toward Grade Level Expectations)|
||With Support (Requires support from another adult)|
||NA Not Applicable this Term|
For grades 3 to 5, a letter grade is given for work completed. This equates to a percentage of the overall mark as follows:
|98 – 100|
93 – 97
90 – 92
88 – 89
83 – 87
80 – 82
78 – 79
73 – 77
70 – 72
68 – 69
63 – 67
60 – 62
A student, who has not completed the required work for a specific course at the end of the grading period for a valid reason, is given an "I" as their grade. This incomplete grade should not be given without the approval of the Stage Principal. Any student receiving an "I" is given two weeks to complete the course requirements. If this work is not completed, after a period of four weeks, the "I" will automatically become an "F" on the report card and be averaged as such.