Elementary school

Consisting of an early learning section including Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten and then Grades 1 – 5.

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Principal’s Introduction

Our guiding statements have driven our strategic themes forward as we have worked in the eight thematic areas: Inclusion, Service Learning, Environmental Consciousness, Celebrating Culture and Diversity, Technology Integration, Marketing, Financial Stability, and Facilities, both new and existing.

We provided support for faculty as we sought to develop a more inclusive instructional model and explored technology as a resource for education. This included bringing in consultants to provide workshops and to work alongside our teachers. It also included book studies, meetings to explore new ideas, and visits to other schools to observe how they were implementing some of these ideas. We have continued to promote culture and diversity through celebrations such as our annual International Day, but have also begun to review this within our curriculum. As a result we will implement a Myanmar culture program in August 2019, and continue to develop ways to support our students’ mother tongue language development. We have tried to ensure the work we do reflects the wishes of our community by soliciting input through surveys, focus groups, our annual SWOT analysis, and our annual climate survey.

During the course of this year, we explored new Service Learning opportunities. Whether it was a focus on animal welfare in the Elementary School music presentation, plans to partner with United World Schools (UWS) to build a school and train teachers in rural Myanmar.


The International School Yangon is a community of compassionate global citizens.


We aim to develop lifelong learners who will be a force for positive change in the world.

Supply List for 2019 - 2020

Elementary School Supply List for the 2019-20 School Year

All elementary school students should arrive to school with the following items:

  1. Durable school backpack
  2. Re-usable water bottle
  3. Lunch box
  4. Hat (to protect from the sun – typically a baseball cap)
  5. Sunscreen
  6. Headphones with mic (should be able to connect to a phone via cable)

Additionally, for PreK to Grade 1:

Change of clothes (one set)

Please label all items with first and last names. Individual grade levels may request additional supplies; however, those will be requested after the first day of school.

Physical Fitness and Health (PF&H) Kit

  • Athletic/running shoes (closed toe and closed heel). Sandals, flip-flops, and Crocs are not allowed.
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Hat (for sun protection)
  • Appropriate clothes for PF&H days (i.e., comfortable, breathable shirts, shorts, etc.)
  • Bathing Suit (wet suits of any kind are not allowed)
  • Girls: A one-piece bathing suit. Two-piece suits are not allowed. Girls may choose to wear swim trunks and a swim shirt if preferred.
  • Boys: Swim suit or swim trunks. PE shorts or non-swimming shorts are not allowed.


  • Swimming shirts. Non-swim shirts are not allowed.
  • Goggles
  • Swim Cap

Music (for performances)

The performance uniform is to help the students look united while performing. Concerts are special and dress should reflect the occasion. Please be prepared for the two concert seasons.

  • Black pants or black skirt (please no shorts, sweat pants or casual fabrics)
  • Solid white collared shirt with buttons (for boys – no t-shirts)
  • Solid white dress shirt (for girls – no t-shirts)
  • Black dress shoes

You can download the Elementary Supply List here.

Core Academic Program


Math knowledge and skill in the elementary school is developed and taught through the Singapore Math pedagogy, which emphasizes concept mastery, a concrete-pictorial-abstract approach, metacognitive reasoning, and the use of model drawing to solve problems. At the heart of the program is the promotion of deep understanding of math concepts fostered through open-ended questioning and discussion and visualization of mathematics.

English Language Arts

Immersing students in language and promoting the joy and value in reading are hallmarks of our English Language Arts program in the elementary school. The program emphasizes skills’ development in reading literature and informational texts, writing narratives, opinion and informational pieces, knowing and using English language conventions and vocabulary, and in listening and speaking. A variety of classroom structures and instructional approaches are used to develop these skills including the reading and writing workshop, book clubs/literature circles, small group instruction, one-to-one coaching, and centers. English language arts, science, and social studies are integrated (wherever possible) to provide connections and optimize understanding.


Exploration and application of science concepts and processes using hands-on materials and investigations are the emphases of science in the elementary school. Grounded in a coherent sequence of content and skills from Kindergarten through Grade 5 using the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) framework across the three areas of science—life science, Earth and space sciences, and physical science.

Social Studies

Within an international and host-country/Myanmar context, students in social studies in the elementary school engage in learning about culture and geography, change and conflict, and government and economics. Learning is built upon the AERO (American Education Reaches Out) concept-based social studies standards developed for international schools.
Early Learning

Pre-Kindergarten & Kindergarten

Please note the start time change for the 2019-2020 School Year. Pre-Kindergarten (Pre-K) will start at 8:00am and end at 1:30pm. Kindergarten (KG) will start at 8:00am and end at 2:45pm.

The Early Childhood grade levels provide a learning environment for over 100 students where young children feel happy, safe, nurtured, and challenged academically.

Educational practices of the highest quality take place in every classroom as students are encouraged think creatively and critically. Children learn to communicate effectively and to develop problem-solving skills while they are actively engaged in academic activities based on developmentally appropriate standards-based curriculum.

Our faculty consists of highly experienced and highly qualified professionals who are committed to the learning and the development of each student. Every classroom teacher has a teaching assistant, which allows individual and special attention for every child.

The Early Childhood Program offers a wide range of extra-curricular activities wherein children have an opportunity to further develop physically, socially, and cognitively.

Our parents play an integral role in the life of our school; they are partners in the education process. Parents help to make the school a welcoming and warm family environment.

It is a great pleasure to be a part of this beautiful learning environment that we all collectively foster here at ISY. We welcome you to visit our campus and feel the warmth and kindness that creates the uniqueness of our educational offerings.


Specialist Programs

Providing a well rounded, balanced education for all students, the elementary school offers the following specialist programs: World Languages, Physical Fitness and Health, Computer Technology, Music, Visual Arts, and Library.

World Languages

Beginning in Grade 1, ISY offers instruction in French or Mandarin designed for students learning an additional language who do not have native fluency in the language. Instructional emphasis is on speaking, listening, reading, and writing and learning about the culture of the target language via these skills. ISY believes that learning an additional language is integral to the development of internationally minded students who are confident, reflective, and multi-lingual communicators. Language development in more than one language advances cognitive growth, cultivates lifelong learning, and promotes cross-cultural communication.


Physical Fitness and Health

Elementary students from Kindergarten through Grade 5, engage in a wide variety of physical fitness activities and games all of which are designed to promote good health, self-esteem, confidence, and a physically active lifestyle. 

Technology & Library

To prepare students for success in an increasingly connected world, ISY has adopted the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Standards for Students. These standards are designed to ensure information literacy, empower student voice and ensure that learning is a student-driven process. Technology Integration Facilitators (TIFs) will work with all teachers and students in their regular classes to provide expertise and support as the students integrate technology into their core curriculum learning. 

Our Head Librarian will also work with all teachers and students across the curriculum in all classes to ensure that students are able to work with and critique literature and media that engages them, furthers their learning, provides them with multiple perspectives, and supports the development of the ISTE standards in all of our students.


The purpose of music education at ISY is to provide an avenue for creative expression, to nurture aesthetic awareness, to foster a lifelong appreciation and enjoyment of music, and to develop the important life skills that come with the discipline and practice involved in improving and gaining musical aptitude. In the Elementary School music classes, students develop the building blocks of music literacy and learn a repertoire of music through singing, playing instruments, dancing, listening and performing. Classes are designed to promote the joy of creating, making, and experiencing music by involving children in developmentally appropriate and holistic learning experiences.

Visual Arts

The Elementary School visual arts program promotes the exploration of a wide range of creative processes involving visual art techniques, language, and principles to build confidence and skills in students. Describing, evaluating, and reflecting upon artworks allow students to make art connections to oneself, to other subject areas, and to the world. All elementary school art students create portfolios and display their work to the community.


Student Support

The Elementary School at ISY provides a caring and nurturing environment where students feel safe to learn, play, and take on new challenges. It is committed to supporting the individual needs of students in an academic environment.

Guiding Principles and Beliefs About Responding to Students’ Individual Needs

At ISY we believe that—

  • Differentiation of instructional practices is inclusion put into practice.
  • All students learn in different ways and have unique learning styles, therefore, all students benefit from a personalized, differentiated approach to learning.
  • The meaning of differentiation is “a teacher’s response to the to the diverse learning needs of a student.” (Tomlinson, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2008)
  • The uniqueness and diversity of the ISY community is valuable and enriches the experience of all students.
  • Incorporation of research-based effective instructional practices provides equal access to the curriculum for all students.
  • Differentiation is most successful in a culture of collaboration.
  • Student success is amplified with partnerships forged between the school, teachers, parents, and students.

For more information about inclusionary practices, procedures, and communication at ISY, please view our Inclusion Policy.


Tomlinson, Carol A. The Differentiated Classroom: Responding to the Needs of All Learners. Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, 1999. Print.

Tomlinson, Carol A. How to Differentiate Instruction in Mixed-ability Classrooms. Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, 2001. Print.

Tomlinson, Carol A., and Caroline Cunningham Eidson. Differentiation in Practice: A Resource Guide for Differentiating Curriculum, Grades 5-9. Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, 2003. Print.

Tomlinson, Carol A., Kay Brimijoin, and Lane Narvaez. The Differentiated School: Making Revolutionary Changes in Teaching and Learning. Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, 2008. Print.


The elementary school provides a comprehensive counseling program that assists students in reaching their personal, social and academic potentials. The program utilizes a holistic approach where teachers, administration, parents, and community members (when appropriate) are involved to collaborate and develop an environment where students become responsible global citizens and contributing community members. The elementary school counseling program delivers classroom instruction on life skills and offers individual counseling to students with a variety of social-emotional needs.

Areas addressed through the elementary school counseling program are:

  • Skills in communicating, cooperating with others and resolving conflict
  • Building of social-emotional competency
  • Developing student leadership capacity to serve local and global communities
  • Promoting critical thinking and creative problem solving
  • Fostering behaviors that support good physical and mental health
  • Student goal setting
  • Helping students work through challenges

To view the ISY Counseling Philosophy and Beliefs, click here.

English as an Additional Language (EAL)

The English as an Additional Language (EAL) program in the Elementary School provides specialized instructional support to ensure that EAL students simultaneously develop academic English and have full access to a rich curriculum across disciplines. EAL instruction encompasses skills of reading, writing, listening, speaking, and language all the while striving to respect the integrity of each student’s cultural identity.

The EAL program can be characterized by providing both push-in and pull-out support: In Grades 1-5, EAL students attend classes during the World Languages blocks two times a week for 40 minutes. EAL support classes are self-contained, but activities and materials are related to those being used in the grade-level classroom. In addition, EAL teachers support their students within each EAL student’s homeroom classroom (push-in support).

Grading and Reporting

The purpose of grades at ISY is to communicate student achievement of standards (learning outcomes) and the ISY Expected Schoolwide Learner Results to students, parents, school administrators, and other institutions.

The primary purpose for reporting grades is to communicate student achievement and behaviors that support learning. Elementary report cards document student performance at the end of each trimester and provide information regarding strengths and areas to improve. The intent of report cards at ISY is to provide a common understanding of a child’s progress and to facilitate growth.

ISY Kindergarten Report Card

ISY Grade 1 Report Card

ISY Grade 2-5 Report Card

ISY EAL Report Card

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Elementary School Handbook

Click to download the Elementary School Handbook

Student Technology Handbook

To find about technology at ISY download the Student Technology Handbook

Inclusion Handbook

Click to download the Inclusion Handbook

Elementary Blog Posts

Elementary School Blog – June 10th, 2020

Elementary School Blog – June 10th, 2020

The last day of the school year is here, it certainly has been an interesting few months. I would like to thank you all for your support during virtual learning.

Elementary School Blog – May 29th, 2020

Elementary School Blog – May 29th, 2020

Next week will be our last full week of school. There will be slides up until Thursday. On Friday the 5th of June there will be no slides, the teams will have conferencing type activities planned, they will communicate these to you. Report cards will go home on Thursday the 4th of June.