Preschool “Visa” Program Full-immersion classrooms taught in French or Spanish, for students who are between 3 and 4 years-old at the start of school.
Our preschool program is the first "full immersion" experience for children at the ISC. Instruction occurs primarily in the target language, with a focus on building vocabulary, fostering healthy social development, and instilling confidence and eagerness for early learners. Teachers work with the children as a group, but also on an individual level to develop early pre-academic skills in math, science, and literacy. Our experienced teachers serve as "living dictionaries" for the children, and a preschooler's brain is wired to absorb and comprehend the target language quickly and naturally.
Teachers introduce concepts and vocabulary through fun, interesting themes, and plan around the interests of the children, since a main goal for Preschool Visa Program at the ISC is to foster excitement about school and an early love of learning. Past themes have ranged from the study of individual countries (Australia, Mexico, etc.), Geology, Dinosaurs, Pets/Animals, and the Farm. Crafts, books, activities, and even field trips reflect the changing themes.
The children experience a variety of special activities including field trips, music & movement classes, and guest teachers.
All Preschool Visa Program students attend from 8:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Families may select to add the Daydreamers option, which extends the school day to 3 pm, and/or the Afternoon Enrichment option, from which parents may pick up their children any time between 3:00 and 5:30 pm. In addition, the Early Birds Morning Care program provides early morning care from 7:45 am – 9 am. Five-day, three-day (Mon-Wed-Fri), and two-day (Tues-Thurs) schedules are available with any of these time selections.
By Preschool, we do encourage that all children are potty trained, especially if they stay for any additional care hours. The ISC reserves the right to delay enrollment if a child is not potty trained by the start of the school year.