Our Elementary program includes grades 2 to 5. The classrooms are purposely designed to create an environment where all students are working together on student-centered activities and projects. Much attention can be given to each child’s individual needs by the two teachers in each class. Our diverse student body brings many unique experiences with them, which is one reason our school is a powerful learning environment. As students learn from one another, they grow in the ability to accept and embrace those who may be different from them, yet have special gifts to share. We emphasize character building and how to respect one another through our anti-bullying program. We prepare students to realize their full potential in academics, character, truth, and service.
Our core subjects of language arts, math, social studies, science, Bible, physical education, art and music, are taught in English and developed in line with ISC and WASC standards. Throughout this curriculum, Elementary students learn new problem-solving skills as they move from concrete experiences to increasingly more complex levels of abstraction in critical thinking.
As international students living in China, our students also benefit from our Chinese language and culture curriculum. Our Chinese classes are divided according to the students’ current ability. Besides spoken Mandarin Chinese, students learn to use characters and pinyin. In addition, students are exposed to Chinese culture through a variety of cultural activities and annual festivals.
To show quarterly measurement of each student’s progress, students receive percentage grades in core subject areas. These grades include daily assignments, assessments, and participation. The International Schools Assessment (ISA) is administered annually to our third through fifth graders in order to evaluate our teaching and learning goals, as well as to track student progress.
Art is an important part of our Elementary curriculum. Students interact with basic materials and techniques, which gives them a foundation in the visual arts. In addition to expressing creativity, new skills are taught in these classes and the fine-motor skills that emerge during the Elementary years are refined. Music classes give students an outlet for using and improving their musical talents, as well as a solid foundation of music theory and skills. Through listening and creating music, students learn teamwork, discipline, and how to be expressive.
Our PE program is focused on building a foundation of teamwork, dedication, and discipline. In addition to character development, through regular practice and exercise, the fine-motor and gross-motor development of our Elementary students is enhanced.
After-school activities are a great tool in our aim to develop well-rounded students. The school sponsors a number of after-school activities that give Elementary students an opportunity to explore and excel in a particular sport, hobby, or area of interest. The options of activities vary per quarter. Examples of recent activities include swimming, soccer, chess, ping-pong, baking, basketball, cross-country, martial arts, and IXL math lab.. Other activities may include art, crafts, Chinese calligraphy, drama, and Lego construction. We also offer opportunities for students to compete with other schools in Chengdu through the Chengdu International School Association (CISA). Many of our students compete in swimming, track and field, cross-country, spelling, and chess.
We offer English as a Second Language (ESL) classes for our English Language Learners. These students receive intense English language lessons from language specialists. We use Our World by National Geographic as our ESL curriculum. Students are placed according to their own level of need based on individualized testing until they no long need ESL support.
We also offer counseling services to our Elementary students whenever needed. Our School Counselor works with students, teachers, administration, or parents as needed to help students who are struggling with transitional, social, or emotional issues.