Principal’s Welcome


Thank you for visiting our website. It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to the Elementary School at XIS.

XIS is the only school in Xiamen currently offering all three of the International Baccalaureate courses; the Primary Years Programme, Middle Years Programme and the IB Diploma programme. In Elementary school we are committed to the Primary Years Programme (PYP) framework and philosophy, encouraging our students to become internationally minded learners. The IB PYP units of inquiry and Learner Profile are the driving forces behind our learning. We also employ the “Daily 5” and CAFÉ (Comprehension, Accuracy, Fluency and Extended vocabulary) literacy frameworks.

XIS has developed standards for each of our subject areas by merging the standards from the Ontario curriculum, Canada with the PYP learner outcomes. Our Mathematics curriculum is based on the US common core standards and the PYP.

As we know, for a building to withstand the test of time it needs a strong foundation. The same is true of our children’s education. That is why in the Elementary School at XIS, we provide the educational experiences necessary to develop the learning characteristics that will support our children throughout their years at school and through their lives.

In the Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten classes, the students learn through engagements that are specially designed to support the needs of very young children. The programme is play and inquiry-based and students learn in our well-equipped and inspiring outside environment as well as indoors.

For students who are learning English as an additional language, we offer ELL support. We have one ELL teacher for every two classes (Grade 1-5). ELL specialists and class teachers co-teach and differentiate within the classroom environment to help all students to access the learning.

Through meticulous data gathering, the teachers observe and record the interests, skills and learning needs of our students to subsequently inform our planning and instruction.

At XIS, we recognize parents as the first and foremost educators and we actively encourage a partnership between home and school to further supplement our ongoing assessment of each child and to support the programme in general.

Whether you are viewing our website as a student, parent or educator, we look forward to welcoming you one day to our family oriented school.

Yours in education,

Angela L. Speirs
Elementary Principal

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