1st through 5th Grade
Ages 6-10

Active Learning

ISQ believes every child is a special person created with individual gifts, talents, and needs. Our elementary program, teachers, environment, and activities create a warm space where each child can grow in and become active learners early on. Elementary students gain and grow critical skills, explore new and exciting ideas, work together with peers, and develop positive character traits.



The primary goal of language arts instruction in the lower school is to inspire students to read for pleasure, learn new information, share their thoughts and feelings, and speak confidently and dynamically. To meet those goals, teachers in grades K-3 focus on reading skills that include print knowledge, alphabet awareness, phonological awareness, phonemic awareness, decoding, vocabulary, and fluency. In grades 4 and 5, reading instruction focuses on vocabulary development, fluency, and comprehension. Students learn and practice three types of writing in grades K-5: opinion/argument writing, narrative writing, and informative writing using a workshop model where students are provided with clear goals, as well as responsive, assessment based feedback.


A strong understanding of social studies and history is the foundation of well-informed, civic-minded citizens. Our K-5 scope and sequence begins with exploring relationships that students have within their immediate circle of family, friends, teachers, and neighbors. Then students learn the basics of geography, economics, and citizenship in the context of expanding their view to include the local community. Learning broadens from there to an awareness of local and global communities, the exploration of different cultures, and public service roles. Finally, students begin to learn about American history from the first migration into the Americas to the 20th Century.


Just as children explore concentrically larger circles of community in social studies, the science curriculum teaches them to understand and appreciate the physical world around them. Students take part in engaging, hands-on investigation focused on the following four areas.

  • Plants and animals- their impact on the environment, parts and functions, interdependence in ecosystems, variations of traits of different organisms, functions of internal and external structure in growth, reproduction, and information processing, role of decomposers, consumers, and producers in a healthy ecosystem.
  • Matter & forces- properties and functions of different kinds of matter, how they effect the way objects move, how light and sound travels, effect of balanced and unbalanced forces, patterns in wave motion, how energy is transferred by sound, light, heat, and electric current, identify matter as particles of matter too small to be seen.
  • Weather - how it changes over time in recognizable patterns, quantify and predict weather conditions, interaction among the geosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere.
  • Sun, moon, and stars - patterns in the apparent movement, processes that shape Earth over long periods of time, weathering, erosion, and deposition in shaping Earth’s surface, patterns caused by the relative position of the Earth and sun.

K-5 math instruction and curriculum are carefully designed to allow students to connect with, build upon, and refine their mathematical understandings. Students use metacognitive strategies when they engage in solving mathematics problems to not only understand specific concepts, but also the process by which they learned them. Six content strands are at the core of instruction in all grade levels: number and numeration, operations and computation, data and chance, measurement and reference frames, geometry, patterns, and functions, and algebra. These six areas are broken down further into grade-level goals which are linked to formative assessments. Using a Professional Learning Community model, teachers analyze the assessment data and support each student’s developmental stage of understanding. They work closely in teams to design instruction of both remedial and enrichment needs allowing them to support students at all levels.


Talent Show

Every year our elementary students put on a talent show that is too big for just one day. Students perform songs, dances, magic shows, and a variety of other talents. Join us in the fall to see all our amazing elementary students perform!

After-School Activities

What do cooking, soccer, football, Taekwondo, and art all have in common? At ISQ, they’re all part of the after-school activities program for elementary students. We believe children should be offered opportunities to expand their experiences, so we have intentionally put together programming that combines fun and learning. Ask our elementary school staff what activities are scheduled for the next semester.

Fine Arts

At ISQ, we know that music and the arts are important to every child’s development. That’s why we actively engage our students in the fine arts. From performing a concert at a 5-star hotel in Qingdao to putting on a drama production at our main campus, ISQ’s students grow through singing, acting, playing instruments, and creating beautiful art.

Field Trips

At ISQ, we know that getting out of the classroom and into the world is important for the development of strong, discerning minds. That’s why, every year, ISQ elementary students have opportunities to experience learning through special excursions to Polar Ocean World, attendance at Qingdao’s Horticultural Exhibit, and hiking on scenic Laoshan Mountain.

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