Elementary School Program

The foundation of caring, joy and integrity


We aim to provide our students, who are confident in their academic success and are developing socially, physically and psychologically, with a happy and engaging learning environment that is structured, collaborative and purposeful. We also encourage a positive and involved community of students and families. At CIS, Elementary school includes pre-kindergarten through to grade 5.

Our student-focused approach to English, Math, Science and Social Studies is rigorous, yet fosters a lifelong passion for knowledge through engaging instruction and experiential learning. We strive for a positive learning environment that meets the needs of the international student.

Core subjects include:

  • English, Math, Science & Social Studies
  • Additional Languages
  • Technology
  • Music, Visual Arts & Drama
  • Physical Education, Swimming & Sports


Homework at the Elementary level is a requirement, with the goal of complementing or enhancing classroom learning. For English and Math, teachers assign regular homework, which includes use of the following subscription-based services:

  • Bug Club to promote the joy of reading & comprehension of Oxford International Textbook
  • IXL supports the Math Curriculum from the Nelson Textbook

Both websites can be accessed from a normal browser, and homework is updated each week or once per cycle, depending on the homeroom teacher’s preference.


As dedicated champions of a holistic education that develops responsible global citizens, our Elementary uses the WiseSkills Character Education program to impart ethics, values and civic sense to our students. We believe that the ideal learning environment shapes boys and girls into conscientious young adults. We also actively promote our school’s core values of Joy, Caring, Respect, Integrity and Inspiration throughout the year in assemblies, recognizing peer role models, in Bloomz, etc.


On average, students from K-5 spend five of seven blocks of a given day with their homeroom teacher and teacher’s aide. The other two periods rotate between:

  • Art
  • Language
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Swimming
  • Technology

Classes start at 8:15 am and end at either 2:45 pm (Mondays & Fridays) or 3:35pm (Tuesday to Thursday).Classes last 45 minutes each, and two 15-minute recesses and a 40-minute lunch break are included.

Curriculum Policy Document


Elementary Curriculum
Further information on Elementary  programme

Technology and Partnerships


Do kindergartners have down time?

Kindergarten students have two snack/recess breaks (morning & afternoon) and a lunch/recess break each day. PK and JK are given time to nap after lunch. Homeroom teachers adapt to student needs and energy levels throughout the day, and try to save more relaxing activities for the afternoon when students may be more tired. Special classes that kids love like computers, swimming and PE are also scheduled at different points during the day.

How much homework do they get?

As per guidelines found in the family/faculty handbook:
Grade 1 5-10 minutes/day
Grade 2 10-20 minutes/day
Grade 3 15-20 minutes/day
Grade 4 20-40 minutes/day
Grade 5 25-50 minutes/day

Are there Parent-Teacher conferences?

There are two formal conferences each year. The first is a traditional Parent-Teacher conference near the end of September or beginning of October. The second is a Student-led conference in April, where students have the opportunity to reflect on their work for the year, as well as to set goals for the end of the year and following academic year. Parents of Elementary students are welcome to meet with their child’s teacher outside of these dates by scheduling an appointment with the school secretary or teacher directly.

Can I be a Class Mom?

At the beginning of the year, parents interested in being Class Moms should make their homeroom teacher and the SCA (School Community Association) chair aware of their desire for the current school year. Class Moms and the SCA as a whole participate in many activities, which add value to our students international school experience. Parent participation is a very important part of who we are as an Elementary school.

How do you communicate with parents?

As an Elementary school, we use the Bloomz app to communicate:

  • Calendar events
  • Classroom activities with parents
  • Conference registrations
  • Learning
  • Report cards

Apart from Elementary communication in Bloomz, parents will receive weekly school-wide communications via e-mail.


CIS is a culturally-rich mosaic, serving each student by providing a world-class international education, nurturing potential, developing life-long skills, and preparing students for an ever-changing global community.