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Lower School Curriculum

Our holistic program balances the development of concepts, skills and character. We focus on the total growth of your child including their social, physical, emotional and cultural needs while offering academic excellence.

Guided inquiry, collaboration and communication are central to our approach to teaching and learning and we provide an environment for your child that fosters the development of problem solving and critical thinking while they master core subject content. 

Program Overview

English, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies are taught by your child's homeroom teacher who makes links across subjects to maximize learning connections.


Single Subjects

German, PE, Music, Visual Arts and Library lessons are taught by specialist teachers to form a comprehensive, varied and rich learning experience.

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Lower School Program

Character and wellbeing

Your child's wellbeing is central to our approach and we support their character development in every aspect of school life.


ZIS Learners are:

  • Open-minded
  • Resilient
  • Playful
  • Reflective

ZIS Learners value:

  • Integrity
  • Compassion
  • Fairness

ZIS Character Standards

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Early Childhood (Ages 3-6)

Early Childhood students (Early ZIS to Kindergarten) explore and develop pre-literacy and pre-numeracy competencies through everyday experiences in class with their teacher. They also develop understanding in Science and Social Studies concepts through various integrated projects.


Our Early Childhood students have regular German, Creative Arts and Library lessons taught by specialist teachers. Technology is used as a tool that enhances and broadens the scope and quality of their learning.

Early Childhood Program

English as an Additional Language


The language of instruction is English, with additional support for non-English speakers.


Learning Support

In addition, we have teachers specializing in Speech, Occupational Therapy, Counseling, as well as other learning needs.




Learning Support

First page of the PDF file: Defininition_of_Learning
ZIS Character Standards PDF
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