Elementary School

Welcome to the Xiamen International School (XIS) Elementary School. It is an honor to be the principal of the elementary school, and together, with a dedicated staff, supportive parents, and driven students, we continue to carry the standard of excellence that has been long established at XIS. XIS is a professional, caring, engaging, collaborative, and welcoming place for our educational stakeholders, which include students, staff, and parents.

Our students are independent learners and thinkers who are in constant search of answers by researching, questioning, and participating in hands on, inquiry-based activities. Inquiry-based learning allows our students to set personal goals and develop an individual journey towards attaining those goals. The educational excellence is overseen by a collaborative staff that uses its unique talents and innovating teaching methods to provide our students with an education that will prepare them for the continuation of their educational path in the Middle Years Programme (MYP).

Please spend some time browsing through our website to learn more about the educational benefits of receiving a world class International Baccalaureate (IB) education at XIS.

Inna Klein

XIS Elementary Principal

XIS Elementary Principal Inna Klein

“Our students are independent learners and thinkers….”

-Inna Klein, Elementary Principal

XIS Elementary Engineering Design
XIS Elementary Learning
XIS Elementary Science Learning

XIS provides an inquiry-based and student-centered education with responsible action at its core.

XIS PYP Coordinator

“Students experience learning that is engaging, challenging and relevant.”

-Mary Collins, PYP Coordinator

PYP Programme Model

Elementary School Program Overview

The XIS elementary school program (grades 1-5), within the Primary Years Programme (PYP), provides an inquiry-based and student-centered education with responsible action at its core. Students experience learning that is engaging, challenging and relevant acquiring knowledge, concepts and skills through six transdisciplinary themes: ‘Who we are’, ‘Where we are in place and time’, ‘How we express ourselves, ‘How the world works’, ‘How we organize ourselves’ and ‘Sharing the planet’. The subjects are Language (English and Mandarin), Social Studies, Mathematics, Arts, Science, and Personal, Social and Physical Education. Concepts link the different subject areas and allow for deep thinking.

A central principle of agency is evident throughout the XIS elementary school. Agency is voice, choice and ownership to impact learning and teaching.

Approaches to learning (communication, thinking, social, self-management and research skills) have relevance across the curriculum and help students to explore subject knowledge in the context of the transdisciplinary themes. These skills support purposeful inquiry and set the foundations for lifelong learning.

With a focus on lifelong learning and the development of the whole child, XIS prepares children for the opportunities and challenges found in our rapidly changing, complex world.

Learn more about the Primary Years Programme.