In this photo, this class completes an outdoor activity for a lesson called Science, Earth and Space Science. They lined up as the planets in the Solar system, showing to the proportional distance from the Sun across the school courtyard!

Bilingual Program


When the International School of Iceland opened its doors in 2004, the student body consisted of children whose parents were working in Iceland for 2-3 years in the foreign service, university or business community. These families were seeking an English-speaking program for their children. Over time, the student body grew and changed, with more and more students living in Iceland on a permanent or semi-permanent basis.


In 2008, the dual language immersion program was launched. The bilingual stream follows the national curriculum for Icelandic and Icelandic mathematics. Students in the bilingual program study mathematics in both languages and use different materials, depending on the language. The program has been expanded to include our Middle Years program in the 2015-2016 school year. Approximately 70% of the students at ISI are in the bilingual program.



Bilingual: ability to receive and communicate ideas in two languages, and switch between both in a seamless manner, without translation.


Biliterate: ability to read and write in both languages to an approximately equal degree of proficiency.


Binumerate: ability to perform mental calculations in the language being used.