Full-immersion classrooms taught in French or Spanish, for students who have turned 5 by September 30.

During the Kindergarten year, children continue to develop their early academic skills, with a focus on reading, writing, and a holistic, hands-on introduction to math, science, music, and the arts. Ample opportunity is provided for free play, creative activities, and outdoor experiences. Reading and writing are taught phonetically at the ISC, to aid in the transition to an English-speaking classroom after "graduation." The Kindergarten program includes weekly instruction in English Phonics, as well, taught by teachers with experience and/or graduate-level education in English as a Second Language and literacy for young learners.

The ISC often has mixed-age classrooms, grouping JK students with our Kindergarteners. We find that this format fosters confidence and growth for both grade-levels. Our low student-teacher ratio for JK/Kindergarten allows experienced teachers to work with children individually and in pairs or small groups as they master early academic concepts.

The Kindergarten year is perhaps the most exciting at the ISC in terms of the child's target language development. Children who stay with us through Kindergarten tend to really think and process information in the target language. Rather than simply repeating vocabulary, the children can apply the language in a variety of settings and modalities, including reading, writing, math, science, etc. Most children who stay through Kindergarten finish their ISC experience effectively fluent in the target language, and are able to continue learning in French or Spanish at a fast pace even after leaving the school and the immersion classroom.

As with our Junior Kindergarten students, our Kindergarteners experience a wide variety of "extracurricular" experiences in addition to their regular school day. 

All Kindergarten students attend Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with the same extra care options as JK.

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We invite you to learn more about our ISC community and all that we have to offer. Please contact us today to schedule a tour and discuss our enrollment options.

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Upcoming Events

24 Nov
Thanksgiving Dinner at Kardinal Hall
11.24.2019 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
25 Nov
Loved Ones' Day
11.25.2019 10:00 am - 11:00 am
26 Nov
Loved Ones' Day
11.26.2019 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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11.27.2019
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11.28.2019

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