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International School of Brooklyn

237 Park Place
Brooklyn, NY 11238

(718) 369-3023


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

At the heart of the Primary Years Programme, which is implemented at ISB, is a belief in encouraging children to be self-inquirers. Because students entering ISB have varying degrees of French or Spanish language exposure, the program, especially in the early months, has a more intense period of teacher-led instruction. Then, over the course of the year, as students become more comfortable with the language, the program is more focused on child-directed play stations and group projects with some teacher encouragement.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

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

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  • Tracing paper and other writing instruments
  • A well-stocked bookcase
  • Magnetic boards with magnetic letters to arrange words with
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • counting manipulatives
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
  • sand/water table
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • exposure to many types of music through CDs
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
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
  • Enough room for children to move around and play and a suitable indoor alternative to the outdoor playground on rainy days
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
Other subjects taught ISB offers an immersion setting with students learning all of the above subjects in either French or Spanish. At the preschool level, children enter ISB with varying degrees of prior Spanish or French skills.

From the Director:

ISB classrooms are designed to allow children to explore and express themselves in many different stations - blocks, library, math, science, art, etc. Depending on the current unit of inquiry, one or more of these areas may be the focus and thus include more teacher-led instruction or exploration. Additionally, in the early months of the school year, as many students are just learning French or Spanish, there is more of a focus on teacher-led oral language, singing and storytelling activities.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

At International School of Brooklyn we strive to bring out the best in each child. We offer a stimulating program based on academic excellence that addresses the whole child. Students learn in a dual-language, multicultural environment while their minds are still forming, enabling them to become confident and passionate participants in their local community and the world at large.

A Typical Day

A typical day at ISB
9am - free play
9:30 - circle time,
welcome routine,
discussion of current theme/unit
10:00 - snack
10:30 - gym
11:00 - stations - teachers rotate children between stations and work on current thematic project/unit
11:45 - circle time, goodbye routine
12pm - part-time program over;

12-12:30 - lunch
12:30-1:20 - quiet time
1:20-2:45 - stations and unit work 2:45-3pm - goodbye

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

*Parent breakfasts are held at the beginning of each unit of inquiry. *Throughout each unit, teachers communicate with parents on a daily or weekly basis through communication notebooks. *Parents are welcome to set up teacher meetings at any time. *Formal parent-teacher meetings are scheduled at the end of each semesterAs ISB grows to include Kindergarten and beyond, we plan to work with parents to provide guidance about future education options.

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 is Handled through:

  • Parents in classroom early on

Handling Separation: From the Director

ISB allows parents to be in the classroom for the first hour of class on the first day and in decreasing amounts over the following few days. On a case by case basis, if there is a need for additional separation time, ISB will work parents to find an appropriate solution.