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International School of Tucson

1730 North First Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85719

Phone:
(520) 406-0552

Website:

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Teacher-Led, Montessori, Reggio-Emilia

From the Director:

Many different approaches are combined to prepare students for an inquiry-based elementary program. National and regional differences in teaching and learning from our multi-national faculty are an important element. We do not follow a single or "one-size-fits-all" approach.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Language       more

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  • A well-stocked bookcase
  • Library and resource room means classroom resources are changed approximately monthly.
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • Library and resource room means classroom resources are changed approximately monthly.
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
  • Please see the school's website for a full discussion.
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
  • Pets for children to watch and care for
  • Please see the school's website for a full discussion.
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • Please see the school's website for a full discussion.
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
  • Please see the school's website for a full discussion.
Physical activity more

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  • A playground with climbing equipment
  • Bean bags, balls, and other objects that children can throw, kick, and play
  • Tricycles
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
  • Please see the school's website for a full discussion.
Other subjects taught Language-immersion (French, German, Spanish - Chinese coming); computing; values

From the Director:

Please see the school's website for a full discussion.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Through skills-based learning and learning centers, students are prepared for an inquiry-based elementary program. Our methods are individualised, based on the strengths and skills of the student as well as those of the teachers. Please see the school's website for a full discussion.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

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A Typical Day

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Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Three parent meetings
Weekly Newsletters
Weekly Coffee mornings
Daily Communications Book"Open House" type events three times a semester
Semestral report cards
Open Door policy
Individual meetings as needed

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are required to make donations ourselves
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school

Separation

Handling Separation: From the Director

As we start at three years old and have a partiicularly caring staff, we have few separation issues. Eachis dealt with individually.