Our Lower School
At EBI, our lower school students explore the world around them. Through the International Baccalaureate program of inquiry, they learn to ask questions, conduct research, and take the actions necessary to discover the answers. It is our goal to encourage our students to be inquisitive, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better world through intercultural understanding and respect.
The IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) in our Lower School
The International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP) (link is external) is the basis for our lower school curriculum. The PYP is inquiry-based and is driven by concept acquisition. Our lower school students learn mathematical concepts, science and technology, language, social studies, arts, and physical education.
Some of the components of our K-5 grade curriculum are:
- Exploring, wondering and questioning
- Researching and seeking information
- Collecting data and reporting findings
- Making and testing theories
- The acquisition of conceptual understanding
- Supporting a variety of learning styles
- Emphasizing creativity
- Integrating music, art and PE with specialist teachers
- Studying conversational Mandarin beginning in the third grade
- Reinforcing diversity and cultural understanding
The EBI Approach to Language in our Lower School
Escuela Bilingüe Internacional lower school students begin learning in two languages during their elementary school years. From the third grade onwards, they also study conversational Mandarin. Our lower school students not only are able to learn two languages, but they often excel in a bilingual environment. The challenge of learning two languages has been shown to increase mental development in such skill areas as multi-tasking, problem solving, and creativity.
In kindergarten and first grade, our students have one hour of English instruction per day and the rest of their instruction is in Spanish. In second grade, students receive two hours of instruction in English. From third grade onwards, students have a half day of instruction in English and a half day of instruction in Spanish with conversational Mandarin classes four times a week. Students are encouraged to use the language of instruction in each classroom with their teachers and peers. During their free time, they have the opportunity to use the language of their choice.
Meet the Heads of our Lower School
Head of Pre-Kinder and Head of Lower School (K-1 Grade)
Born in Peru, Jennifer holds dual citizenship in both Peru and the United States.She completed her undergraduate work in Early Childhood Education at the Universidad Femenina del Sagrado Corazón in Peru, and has worked in early childhood education for over eighteen years in Peru and the United States. Jennifer’s extensive experience in education, and as a pre-kinder director, has helped her to gain a thorough understanding of how young learners understand themselves and the world around them.
After moving to the Bay Area, Jennifer received her Master’s Degree in Educational Administration at San Francisco State University. Her philosophy of education aligns closely with that of the International Baccalaureate, and she enjoys sharing her extensive knowledge of early childhood education with our community. Jennifer has twins who are also EBI students; and her partner, José Antonio, is EBI’s Middle Years Programme coordinator.
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Head of Lower School