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International School of the Peninsula

151 Laura Lane
Palo Alto, CA 94303

Phone:
(650) 251-8500

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Nursery through 8th grade language immersion school with French/English and Mandarin Chinese/English programs. Over 30 years of bilingual immersion experience.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Teacher-Led

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Language      
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense
Time & space
Sci. reasoning/physical world
Music
Visual arts
Physical activity
Other subjects taught ISTP is a bilingual immersion school that teaches through language and culture. The school also offers extensive after school language classes and activities.

From the Director:

Language is a vital part of ISTP's rigorous academic curriculum. Bilingualism and bi-literacy are considered curricular goals in themselves, as they strengthen students' critical thinking, problem solving, and creative thinking skills. Within a safe, nurturing environment, students are encouraged to collaborate, communicate, experiment, grow, and excel.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Teachers are native speakers. In the Early Years Program, ISTP has two-teacher teams where both teachers are native speakers (i.e., an English teacher will not be in the classroom at the same time as the French or Chinese teacher); this is conducive to a true immersion atmosphere. Curriculum a mix of traditional and play-based methods.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

The International School of the Peninsula educates children through a rigorous, collaborative, bilingual curriculum that promotes active engagement and responsible international consciousness.

A Typical Day

"TIME NURSERY
7:30 - 8:00am Complimentary Day Care
8:00 - 9:00 Classroom Welcome and Greeting
9:00 - 9:30 Circle Time
9:30 - 10:15 Language & Activity Centers
10:15 - 10:30 Snack
10:30 - 11:00 Recess - Outside Playground
11:00 - 12:00pm English: Circle Time, Language, & Activity Centers
12:00 - 12:30 Lunch
12:30 - 2:00 Nap (or quiet activity for those who prefer not to sleep)
2:00 - 3:00 Art, Music and Movement Activities
3:00 - 3:15 Wrap-Up and Dismissal
3:15 - 3:30 Complimentary Day Care
3:30 - 6:00 After-School Activities (optional)
and/or Day Care (optional)


TIME PRE-KINDERGARTEN
7:30 - 8:00am Complimentary Day Care
8:00 - 8:45 Classroom Welcome and Greeting
8:45 - 9:15 Circle Time
9:15 - 9:45 Language & Activity Centers
9:45 - 10:00 Snack
10:00 - 10:30 Recess - Outside Playground
10:30 - 12:00pm English: Circle Time, Language, & Activity Centers
12:00 - 12:30 Lunch
12:30 - 1:30 Nap (or quiet activity for those who prefer not to sleep)
1:30 - 3:00 Art, Music and Movement Activities
(Music once per week taught by Chinese or French music specialist)
3:00 - 3:15 Wrap-Up and Dismissal
3:15 - 3:30 Complimentary Day Care
3:30 - 6:00 After-School Activities (optional)
and/or Day Care (optional)
"
Excerpted from the preschool's website

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

The school communicates with parents through a comprehensive personalized web experience, emails, phone calls, meetings, conferences, etc. A well-balanced life is encouraged and no homework is given before 1st grade. Use of target language is encouraged at home.

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
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • 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

Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions

Handling Separation: From the Director

Teachers will spend time with each child to help through the transition (example: sitting with the child during class, offering encouragement and support).