Welcome to elementary school

The Elementary Program at Cayman International School applies a challenging and integrated academic curriculum to provide students with a sound foundation for future learning and to prepare them to be responsible, productive citizens in a rapidly changing world. This is primarily accomplished by empowering our students to be active learners and critical thinkers, ultimately inspiring a deep joy of learning.   

The homeroom teacher is the primary advocate and contact for parents and provides the primary means of communication between the home and the school. In Elementary, students and teachers use Seesaw to document learning, communicate with parents and engage them in their child’s learning.

In Lower Elementary School (Kindergarten - Grade 2), our program emphasizes the development of strong foundational English, Math and Science literacy skills as well as fine and gross motor skills, among other more specific objectives described in our curriculum. 

In Upper Elementary School (Grades 3-5), our program seeks to prepare students for success in middle school and beyond. Students are empowered with opportunities to experience and demonstrate ownership over their learning, positive communication with peers and adults, partnership in academic and athletic activities, and leadership within the school and the community.

A daily schedule of core subjects in English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies is complemented by specialist classes in art, music, physical education, swimming, Spanish, STEAM, and library time. 

Driven by inquiry, our program takes advantage of our unique island location to provide students’ with rich inspiring contexts for learning including outdoor and experiential learning, field trips, community service, and interdisciplinary Project-Based Learning (PBL) units which happen twice a year at each grade level.

As learning is not simply an intellectual endeavor; we place equal emphasis on the social and emotional development of each child. Our small class sizes and high teacher-to-student ratio allow us to truly know and support the children we serve -- their needs, their passions and their developing capabilities.

These outstanding learning experiences are achieved through strong grade level teaching teams and a schedule that encourages collaboration with common planning and instructional time. Curriculum and planning in elementary school is done based upon the American Common Core Standards and the school’s Definition of Learning, Learning Principles and Community Principles, as outlined on the Learning Overview page. Additionally, teachers work collaboratively across the whole school to provide a smooth transition process from the Early Childhood Program to Kindergarten, from one elementary grade level to the next, and from Grade 5 to Middle School.