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Elementary School at HIS

Elementary instruction at HIS follows the IPC (International Primary Curriculum). The IPC was developed in 2000 as a cross-curricular thematic curriculum to meet the needs of international schools around the world. As of 2012, it is being used in more than 1,000 schools in 100 different countries. HIS has been an IPC member school since 2005.

The central purpose of everything connected with the IPC is student learning. Helping children develop academically, socially and emotionally through a focus on learning is the core goal of this curriculum. The curriculum takes into account the most recent research on the brain and how children learn.

Elementary instruction at HIS follows the International Primary Curriculum (IPC). IPC, developed in 2000, is a cross-curricular thematic curriculum. IPC meets the needs of international schools around the world. As of 2012, it is being used in more than 1,000 schools in 100 different countries. HIS has been an IPC member school since 2005.

IPC helps children to develop academically, socially, and emotionally. IPC focuses on learning as the core goal of this curriculum. This brain researched curriculum takes into account how children get information.

IPC helps children develop an international mindset. Our students develop the skills needed to take a more active role in the world around them. Each unit contains an international element to raise children's awareness of the world. Each subject has defined goals for knowledge, skills, and understanding.

Milepost One (Grades K & 1)

At Milepost One, there are two multi-age classes of kindergarten - grade one students. Each classroom teacher maintains separate classrooms for their children.  Teachers collaborate on curricular planning and instruction. We bring our classroom students together to share learning experiences. Students learn Language Arts and Mathematics within the classroom. Teachers and students set goals to meet the developmental needs of each individual. Students receive instruction in physical education, art, Japanese, and music from specialist teachers.

Milepost Two (Grades 2 & 3)

At Milepost Two, there are two multiage classes of grade two - grade three students. Each classroom teacher maintains separate classrooms for their children, however, teachers collaborate on curricular planning and instruction, frequently bringing their classroom students together to share in leaning experiences. Instruction of Language Arts and math are taught within the classroom to meet the developmental needs of each individual. Teachers make use large group, small group or individual instruction to make sure all students are making progress in each subject area. Like other milepost levels, students also receive instruction in physical education, art, second language (Japanese) and music from specialist teachers. The IPC (social studies & science) strongly emphasizes collaborative learning and supports multiage learning and instruction. 

Milepost Three (Grades 4 & 5)

At Milepost Three, there are two multiage classes of grade four - grade five students. Each classroom teacher maintains separate classrooms for their children, however, teachers collaborate on curricular planning and instruction, frequently bringing their classroom students together to share in leaning experiences. Instruction of Language Arts and math are taught within the classroom to meet the developmental needs of each individual. Teachers make use large group, small group or individual instruction to make sure all students are making progress in each subject area. Like other milepost levels, students also receive instruction in physical education, art, second language (Japanese) and music from specialist teachers. The IPC (social studies & science) strongly emphasizes collaborative learning and supports multiage learning and instruction. 

For more information on the IPC please visit their website at: International Primary Curriculum.