Preschool through Grade 12

Preschool & Kindergarten

ISB’s Maternelle, or Preschool, is a distinctive and unique bilingual environment where learning comes alive for children from age 2 through Kindergarten. Daily activities establish the foundation for lifelong learning and provide children the opportunity to safely explore the world around them in a safe and supportive environment. Students learn to love being at school - an attribute they carry forward in their ISB experience.
The Maternelle curriculum is designed to prepare children for their transition to Lower School by encouraging them to exercise their gross- and fine-motor skills and develop their unique capacities. Our program teaches children to live together while developing their own personalities. Children learn to become students and take an active role in their education. At ISB, the Maternelle curriculum incorporates the renowned academic program of the French government, as well as the Massachusetts Common Core Preschool and Kindergarten standards. 

Curriculum Areas

The Maternelle program provides a well-planned pedagogical approach to children at a young age, one that is maintained and reinforced each year at ISB. Following ISB’s bilingual curriculum progression model, Maternelle students have 72% of their instruction in French, 20% in English, 6% bilingual, and 2% by introduction to a third language (with the exception of TPS).
When it’s finally time to move up, Maternelle students begin Lower School with a great sense of resourcefulness and independence, thanks to their blossoming bilingualism and their increased confidence and self-esteem.

Daily Activities & Specials

Art, music, drama, literary, and gross-motor skills activities allow children to discover their innate abilities to feel, act, question, reflect and imagine. All Maternelle students participate in the following activities during the week. The amount of time and type of activity varies with age. In addition to their daily specials, students also have dedicated time outside year round to enjoy recess on our playground reserved for Maternelle students.

Traditions & Celebrations

As a member of our Maternelle program, your child will partake in some of ISB's most beloved School traditions.