Elementary School


Elementary school at AIS spans from Kindergarten to 5th grade. Our well-trained, state-certified Christian teachers make every effort to give each child a strong foundation with 21st century skills for a lifetime of learning. With a safe, nurturing environment, we encourage students to always try their BEST: Be prepared; Ensure safety; Show respect and Take responsibility. You are warmly welcomed to the Elementary Division of American International School!  Read our Welcome Letter from the Principal here.

 

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Age-appropriate academics and activities are delivered by US certified teachers through a variety of instructional styles that provide students with the ability to grow and mature as they become more independent learners. We provide a theme-based structured curriculum using guidelines set by the Common Core and the Virginia State Standards. To accompany the core classes, students have opportunities to learn more in the areas of music, art, physical education, and French.

Science Fair

Students are able to apply their knowledge of the scientific method through inquiry, research and investigation, as well as practice their presentation skills.

Reading Month

Each October we celebrate our love and the importance of reading throughout our school with a variety of activities, including Read-All-Day Day and Story Book Character Dress-up Day. Our school read over 97,000 minutes during Reading Month.

Spelling Bee

Our annual Spelling Bee is a fun learning experience that combines healthy competition with academic achievement. The purpose of the Spelling Bee is to help students improve their spelling and increase their vocabulary, while building confidence.

 

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As a Christian school, we offer a variety of activities and programs with the goal of encouraging students to develop and strengthen their faith in Jesus Christ. AIS students are encouraged to develop their own personal relationship with the Lord and exemplify Christian values in their choices. Our teachers serve as Christian role models and mentors for our students in living their faith in practical ways.

Weekly Chapel

Every day is a transformational experience, but Wednesdays are special!  During weekly Chapel, students are given the opportunity play friendly games, sing praises, participate in skits, lead worship and preach the Good News! Worship is all inclusive!

AIS Annual Christmas Program

Each year we celebrate the birth of Jesus with a school-wide Christmas program, which includes grades PK3 to 5th grade.

Spiritual Emphasis Week

During SEW guest speakers participate in this week-long event with emphasis on renewal and rejuvenation of the spirit. This year our theme is “Be the Change.”

 

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At AIS, we empower students to take action and live out their learning in a variety of ways. We offer strategic, yet unique learning opportunities that integrate the application of 21st century skills to real-world experiences. These experiences give students the opportunity to exhibit their learning through serving our school and community.

Families

AIS Families is a student support group across grade levels designed to foster accountability and empowerment for all students.  It reinforces biblical character and morals taught in our weekly chapel, as well as our Eagle Discipline Plan.  Students openly discuss their discipline status and if needed, talk with each other about ways that will help them succeed socially both inside and outside the walls of the school.

J-Term

During J-Term students participate in a number of different classes, raise funds to support a local charity, and take time to serve the public through volunteer work.

International Day

Our school community comes together to learn about different nations and enjoy cultural performances by students and parents of the school.

Fine Arts Extravaganza

The Fine Arts Extravaganza  in May is our last school-wide event for the academic year, but preparation starts far ahead of time. Since April is Poetry Month, it is our language arts focus for the month of April. During the Extravaganza, students recite poetry and spoken word they have either learned or composed.  Student artwork is also displayed, while high school students perform for the Annual Spring Musical.

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