ISD informational sessions begin Thursday morning

Looking into signing up your child as a student for the International School at Dundee (ISD)? There will be two informational sessions for families interested in fall 2014 enrollment this month with the first one Thursday morning, Jan.. 9.

Thursday session is set for 9 a.m. and, in case of inclement weather, the snow date for it is Friday, Jan. 10. But if you miss this session, don’t worry, a second session is scheduled for Monday, Jan. 27 at 7 p.m. with a snow date of Tuesday, Jan. 28. This is for families looking at ISD for the 2014-15 academic year and the sessions will detail ISD’s International Baccalaureate program, the curriculum and application procedures and deadlines. The hour-long sessions, which are scheduled for today in the ISD Café, and Jan. 27 at 7 p.m. in the ISD Media Center, will be held at the school at 55 Florence Road in Riverside.

According to ISD Principal Teresa Ricci, “Studies have shown a strong correlation between what the International Baccalaureate program offers and what experts have identified as 21st Century skills. It also strongly supports the teaching of the Common Core Standards.”

The school state that the International Baccalaureate’s trans-disciplinary approach to teaching incorporates skills with concepts that cross all disciplines to develop an educated, whole person. This approach also includes the teaching of character profiles, community service and the teaching of a foreign language.

Spanish is taught at ISD starting in kindergarten. ISD’s instructional program also is enriched with grade-specific partnerships with cultural institutions, such as the New York Botanical Gardens, The Guggenheim Museum and Connecticut Ballet, which are incorporated into the curriculum, starting in kindergarten and running through fifth grade.

The International School at Dundee was authorized in July of 2003 as an official International Baccalaureate school. ISD is one of approximately 200 IB Primary Years Programme (IBPYP) authorized schools in the U.S, and one of only a few public elementary schools in Connecticut to receive the IBPYP accreditation. ISD offers this program to students from kindergarten through fifth grade.

ISD has a student body population of 375 students and is comprised of students who live on designated streets, as well as magnet students from throughout Greenwich who apply to the school via a lottery system. Magnet student applications must be received by Friday, Feb. 7. Applications will be distributed at the informational sessions and are available online at Greenwichschools.org.

For more information, visit Greenwichpublicschools.org/isd or call 203-637-3800.

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