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Elementary School

Our Mission

Our mission is to meet the unique educational, emotional, and social needs of each and every student who walks through our doors. We accomplish this by providing a rich, holistic experience in a beautiful, state-of-the-art facility.

Curriculum

We offer a research-based curriculum emphasizing a strong foundation in literacy and numeracy that integrates critical thinking, citizenship, and ample opportunities for creative expression. Our whole-child approach includes challenging social studies, science, and math programs. Students stay physically and mentally fit in our physical education and counseling classes and experience art and music in enrichment classes. Elementary students get hands-on access to technology through our STEM program and learn to appreciate literature through frequent visits to our comprehensive library.

Curriculum for the core subjects is based on U.S. and Internationally recognized standards and programs.

Literacy: Daily instruction in literacy emphasizes reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Our curriculum is organized around thematic units and grounded in the Common Core Standards (CCS). The Common Core focuses on developing the critical-thinking, problem-solving, and analytical skills students will need to be successful.

Math: ISP follows the Common Core Standards for Math, these drive learning outcomes at each grade level. Students use resources from Eureka Math by Engage NY and Investigations curricula developed by TERC, along with manipulatives and hands-on activities to develop a concrete understanding of mathematics that leads to abstract thinking abilities in upper elementary.

Science and Social Studies: ISP has developed thematic units in both science and social studies that are based on rigorous curriculum standards. Students study three different topics in each subject over the course of the year. Each topic exposes students to core content knowledge while emphasizing critical thinking and inquiry. Science Technology Engineering and Maths (STEM) –Through an integrated program of study, pupils are engaged in units of work focusing on STEM objectives integrated with their science curriculum. Students will also complete a robotics unit of work as part of our STEM programme.

ARTs: In art and design, we seek to enrich the learner’s visual, verbal, and spiritual art awareness by teaching different techniques through various mediums, while encouraging creativity in an exciting constructivist inspired classroom. In music, our curriculum is a play and performance-based music program.

Physical Education (PE): Students have the opportunity through twice-weekly lessons to develop their playing skills, teamwork, leadership, physical fitness, and self-discipline.

Counseling: Supporting the whole student, our school counselors work with classes to develop emotional, social, and leadership skills.

Hands-On Learning

At ISP, we believe that learning should be fun. We want our students to develop a sense of place in order to appreciate the world that surrounds them. Active, hands-on experiences provide relevance and help students make connections between the classroom and the larger environment. The beautiful country of Panama is a perfect backdrop for authentic learning. Some of our enrichment experiences include field trips to the Panama Canal and the rainforest, International Day celebration, Mes de la Patria, Bringing Literature to Life, and so much more!

Pupils also have the opportunity to follow their passions with our After School Activity (ASA) programme.
 
Elementary School:

Principal: Becky Jobes

AP: Christopher Horton
School Supply Lists
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5th Grade

ES Counseling Services

Remember that our elementary school counselors are here to support all students with social-emotional development. As your child adjusts to their classroom, teacher, and friends, please let us know if there is anything we can do to support them.

We invite you to contact us at your convenience.

Katherine Ghinaglia
Counselor Grades PK-2
kghinaglia@isp.edu.pa

Raul Alvarado
Counselor Grades 3-5
ralvarado@isp.edu.pa