From the Elementary Principal
A very warm welcome to the elementary division of our school’s website. The information in this particular section, along with the remainder of the elementary drop down menu, is designed to inform you about our school, its programs, and its people. As you browse we hope you will be impressed with what ISO has to offer.
Our elementary school population exemplifies that of a true international school; one that is comprised of multi-cultural, diverse, and engaged students. A combination of low class sizes, exemplary student behavior, excellent educational resources, and a highly capable team allows us to cater efficiently to our students’ needs. Our active student council provides students with opportunities to be heard. Their regular meetings and student-led initiatives add value to the many school-based projects they undertake. Regular assemblies, whole-school flex-blocks, and a wide range of events and activities all contribute toward a sense of community, both within and outside the school.
We are extremely fortunate to be supported by a caring and knowledgeable group of parents. Our parents work in collaboration with teachers to create the best learning environment for their children. The words ‘support’ and ‘trust’ accompany each other. ISO parents are heavily involved throughout the school; examples of how they add value include: being homeroom parents, through the active PTA, by leading after school activities, and through a committed and effective board of trustees. All ISO families are automatically affiliated ISO Association members.
We have an experienced, committed, and effective team of educators, many holding advanced degrees. Our faculty members originate from our host country Burkina Faso as well as from Haiti, Ghana, India, Germany, England, Niger, Australia, America, Uganda, Canada, and New Zealand. Our faculty members work with drive and purpose to foster a genuine love of learning in their students. A careful selection process and attractive working environment ensure we recruit the best international educators available.
ISO follows an American curriculum while drawing on best practices from around the world. We focus on the acquisition of knowledge and the development of problem-solving, critical-thinking, and inquiry-based skills. Using a broad, research-based, and culturally diverse curriculum delivered in English, we emphasize literacy, written and oral communication, the creative process of the arts and music, reasoning in the sciences and mathematics, the pursuit of a physically active and healthy lifestyle, and implement current technology to enhance the learning and discovery process. Specialist teachers in the French, music, IT, art, library, and physical education programs allow students to gain greater perspective, seeing their learning through multiple lenses. Our Student Support services department and a school counsellor are on hand to guide students with additional needs, helping them to experience success on a daily basis. Co-curricular activities, such as art week, Africa week, school productions, musicals, and sporting fixtures all add value and richness to our core curriculum.
After School Activities (ASAs)
Each quarter a wide range of ASAs
is offered to our students to enrich and compliment our extended school day. A sample of these include karate, chess, soccer, wire art, circus, djembe, dance, cooking, badminton, sewing, gardening and hip hop, to name just a few.
In the elementary school we aim to communicate with parents in an effective and timely manner. Examples of how and what we communicate to parents and the ISO community are as follows:
inducting of new families to ISO (August)
a ‘Open House’ Information Evening (August)
an initial progress report card (September)
full written report cards (January and June)
student led parent conferences (November and March)
regular emails and newsletters from class teachers
extra meetings schedules via appointments
alternative elementary principal and Turtle Talk newsletters
Thank you for taking the time to read our elementary school section. Whether you are a current, soon to be, or a prospective member of our school community, we welcome you to our school. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions relating to our Elementary School programs and student needs at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Maeve DohertyElementary Principal