Lower School

General Information

The Kindergarten-Grade 5 Programme is a 6-year educational programme that is designed to prepare students for further study in the Secondary School.

The core of the curriculum for students in this section of the school is English, Mathematics, and the IPC (International Primary Curriculum) supported by courses in First Language Spanish; or Spanish as a Foreign Language, Physical Education, Music, Information Technology and Art. French is also offered to students in Grade 5.

The IPC is an integrated enquiry based programme that is taught through themed Units of Work. The Units of Work integrate the following subjects: Art, Information Technology, Geography, History, Music, Science, International Studies and Technology.

Admission Criteria

Students must be aged, in the calendar year of proposed admission:

› Kindergarten students must be 5 years old before the 1st September

› Grade 1 students must be 6 years old before September 1.

› Grade 2 students must be 7 years old before September 1.

› Grade 3 students must be 8 years old before September 1.

› Grade 4 students must be 9 years old before September 1.

› Grade 5 students must be 10 years old before September 1.


Students are continually assessed throughout the year orally during the class, and through the work they produce. Students are also required to selfassess some projects and compare observations, opinions and areas of improvement with the teacher.

Students in Kindergarten-Grade 5 are assessed formatively and summatively.

In all grades, from Kindergarten to Grade 3 inclusive, students are assessed on class work and homework practice.

In Grades 4 and 5, in addition to the above, formal examinations in English, Mathematics and Spanish are conducted at both Mid Year and End of Year.

Student performance is assessed against Specific Learning Outcomes determined for each subject across the various grade levels of the Primary School.

Student performance against the Specific Learning Outcomes is reported formally to parents twice in each academic year, once at mid-year and again at the end of the academic year. Student led conferences with their individual portfolios in February also give the opportunity for parents to learn more about their child’s academic development and for children to assess their own learning against goals set at the beginning of the year.