Our Lower School level is made up of students aged 6 to 11 from 1st to 5th Grade. There are 24 students per class in each year group, and classes are from 7:45 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Education for those grades is structured to enable students to grow as a whole person and to develop the intellectual, emotional, and physical potential of every student in a secure and stimulating environment.
Our curriculum is based in the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP). This programme not only forms a solid base for the academic demands of Upper School, but for their future lives as confident, purposeful, and responsible citizens of the world.
The curriculum synthesizes the best research and practice from educational systems around the world. Students are engaged in studying issues which are globally significant and relevant to our fast-changing world. The subject areas are taught through trans-disciplinary themes in order to help students make connections between subjects, thereby facilitating more effective learning.
For our students, Spanish and English are not only subjects in their own right but are also mediums of instruction. In Lower School, pupils receive approximately 50% of tuition in English and 50% in Spanish.
By the end of Lower School, students are expected to be proficient in their second language and able to communicate successfully in any English-speaking environment.