General Introduction


The IST Elementary School offers an inquiry based, child centered and academically rigorous curriculum that addresses the intellectual, social and emotional needs of each child. From KG 1 (Nursery) to Grade 5 (Year 6) students follow the IB Primary Years Program (PYP) where the values of the IB Learner Profile are at the center of the school’s mission to develop internationally minded students. Our goal is to develop young people who are open minded, caring, good communicators and ready to take responsibility for making a difference to the world around them.

The language of instruction and inclusion at the school is English. Students will spend a majority of their time with the Homeroom teacher where they will focus on the study of English, Mathematics, Units of Inquiry (including Science and Social Studies) and pastoral care. We recognize and celebrate the fact that for many students, English is a second or other language. Specialized English Language Acquisition (ELA) instruction is given to these students either as a separate pull-out class or as in-class support where the ELA and Homeroom teacher work together. An Individual Needs teacher and School Counselor offer further support for students.

All students at the school are offered Chinese as an additional language and different class levels cater for students from beginner to native speakers. In place of Chinese, a mother tongue program is offered to students whose first language is German or French. In addition to the homeroom and language classes, students also receive specialist instruction in Physical Education, Music, Art, Library and Information Technology.

Students are encouraged to appreciate the host country culture and to look for opportunities to serve and care for the people and environment around them. Opportunities to live out the school motto of “Working Together, Learning Together and Acting Together” are provided through yearly community and service activities and as part of the curriculum. Students are frequently involved in curriculum related field trips and opportunities to learn from experts within the community.

Elementary students are encouraged to become leaders. Students are represented by the Elementary Student Council, which organizes social and fundraising events.