At IPS, the Grades 1-5 curriculum follows the approach and philosophy of American schools around the world. National standards are followed in all curriculum areas (example: National Council of the Teachers of Mathematics). Grade-level expectations are the same as in the United States, although slight variations may occur.
The core subjects taught in the Elementary School are: language arts (reading, writing, spelling, grammar, and handwriting), mathematics, social studies, library, and science. Core subjects are taught within an 8-period day; Arabic is scheduled daily and other specials are offered once or twice a week.
Teachers use a large variety of instructional methods to meet the various learning styles of all students. Hands-on experiences and use of multi-media projects make learning relevant to real-life situations. Innovative strategies and resources are used to prepare students to function as competent, successful members in a technologically advanced society. These strategies and teaching methods are similar to those used in American schools, so that transfer to another American school presents no difficulty.
IPS is very aware of the effects of transition on new students. At the beginning of each year, when a new child is accepted into the school, activities are incorporated which help each class gel as a cohesive unit – working, learning, and playing together.