The curriculum and syllabus for ISI have been developed to suit the needs of an international student body.
We are proud to offer two distinct programs, or “streams,” at ISI. The English Stream is for families whose parents have been temporarily assigned to work in Iceland by an embassy, business or university; typically, these families live in Iceland for 3 years or fewer. The Bilingual Steam is intended for students who live in Iceland on a permanent basis or for an undetermined length of time. Please refer to our Admissions section for further information.
The program of study includes English, Icelandic (Bilingual program only), mathematics, thematic units from the International Primary Curriculum, gym, swimming, art, textiles and woodwork.
Students in the English Stream also take an Icelandic Language/Culture class. The purpose of this course is to give students insight into the host country in which they are living (Iceland) as well as to introduce them to the language. We place importance on interpersonal communication skills and basic vocabulary, not academic Icelandic.
Emphasis is placed on meeting students at their academic and developmental level, and stimulating them to progress at an appropriate pace.
In the primary school, the International Primary Curriculum is one of our key tools for learning and producing 21st century learners. In other subjects at ISI, learning targets are aligned to either AERO Common Core Plus standards & benchmarks or the Icelandic curriculum standards. We apply the Student Engagement Framework (Janet Pilcher) to provide teachers with specific tools in order to improve student learning. Learning targets are visible and communicated to students in every class. As students engage in tasks to help them climb the learning ladder, teachers use formative assessments to gauge understanding and guide future lessons. Summative assessments are made through MAP testing (grades 2-8), the Icelandic national exams (grades 4 & 7) and in-class testing.
Professional learning is essential as part of the learning process. Teachers take part in weekly meetings and are observed and coached regularly. ISI is a member of the European Council of International Schools (ECIS) and regularly attends conferences abroad.
Defining and supporting our underlying beliefs about how to approach children, the Positive Discipline Management Model (Jane Nelsen) is a cornerstone at our school. ISI has proudly used Positive Discipline techniques since 2006.
Key Terms at ISI
International Primary Curriculum (IPC)
AERO Common Core Plus
Measurement of Academic Progress (MAP)
Icelandic national curriculum
European Council of International Schools (ECIS)
Council of International Schools (CIS)
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The Learning Support Tearm
The Learning Support Team looks for appropriate programs and resources to provide support to students, staff and parents. The committee provides an effective procedure for identifying students in need of additional support. Members include the head of school, Learning Support Coordinator and other staff members. The committee is responsible for:
Policies regarding students in need of additional support and other matters that affect student well being, eg. the Anti-bullying Action Plan
Services provided, including counselling and personalized learning plans
Identification and assessments
Program delivery and accountability
If you would like to contact the committee, please e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org