Elementary School

I am very excited to be starting my third year of working at ISO, and my first as the Associate Elementary Principal. I am also beginning my 9th year in the profession, with experience on 3 different continents. I love the friendly, kind culture of Burkina Faso, and the community that makes up our school.

Our elementary school population is the epitome of a true international school. We are diverse, and our students are engaged and eager to learn. A combination of low class sizes, exemplary students, a vast amount of resources and a team of highly skilled professionals allows us to cater to all of our students’ needs. We have an active student council, a rich after school activities program and a student-driven service learning program, all of which add value to the academic journey. The wide range of events, from regular assemblies to buddy classroom activities, contribute towards a sense of community both inside and outside the classroom.

We are fortunate to be supported by a caring and active group of parents. Our PTA is diligently involved throughout the school year. In addition to supporting student learning in the classroom and activities outside of the classroom, the PTA also commits to a number of large events for ISO, some of which include a welcome back BBQ, a Holiday Fair and an Africa Week evening.

We have an experienced, committed and talented team of qualified educators who stem from all parts of the world, including many Burkinabe teachers. They work together with drive and purpose to foster a genuine love of learning in our students. We aim to recruit the best international teachers who will thrive in the Ouagadougou environment.

ISO follows AERO (American Education Reaches Out) Standards and Benchmarks, while drawing on Best Practices from around the world. We deliver a culturally diverse curriculum in an English speaking environment. We develop learners who are: Communicators, Creative, Critical Thinkers, Collaborators and Community-minded (the 5 Cs). Homeroom classes are small and every class is supported by a full time Teaching Assistant. We provide ESOL (English as a Second or Other Language) Support and Reading Support with the aim of having all students achieving at or above grade level. Homeroom teachers emphasize literacy, written and oral communication, reasoning in mathematics and science, IT skills and the pursuit of a happy and healthy lifestyle. Specialist teachers in French, Library, Fine Arts and Physical Education allow students to see their learning through multiple lenses. Our strong emphasis on social and emotional wellness help students to feel and be successful on a daily basis. Each semester a new program of After School Activities enriches and compliments our school day.

Jalisa Mixon

Associate Elementary Principal