Elementary School (Grade 1 - 5)

We're eager to connect with children, not only when they arrive on the Pattimura or Pondok Indah campuses, but right now. We hope our sketch of Elementary Life at JIS will help your child begin to imagine a school where we notice them, challenge them and believe in their ability to inquire, imagine, think and solve problems at levels that astound us all. 

The Elementary Program builds each child to become a competent learner in a caring community — a thinker, creator, inquirer, feeler, problem solver and doer.

Like JIS as a whole, the Elementary School curriculum adopts programs which demonstrate the best international standards, practices and results for student learning. We place strong emphasis on language arts and mathematics. To ensure a balanced curriculum, we provide programs in science and technology, social studies, modern language, fine arts and physical development.  Below are our approaches to Literacy and Mathematics. See Elementary Curriculum Highlights for more details.


The school currently draws its K-12 standards for English Language Arts from the Ontario, Canada curriculum. Students begin to master the strands of oral communication, reading, writing and speaking in Elementary School. Using the workshop model and literature circles, children become competent and independent readers and are able to discuss and reflect on their reading as they undergo the ten stages of reading development.


The elementary mathematics curriculum is based on the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) standards from the United States. Students are exposed to math daily through the Everyday Math program. Although primarily a US based program, children learn both Imperial and Metric measurements. This program is increasingly being adopted in leading international schools around the world. This assists students with transitions to a variety of schools beyond JIS. Everyday Math emphasizes six conceptual strands:

  • Numbers and Numeration
  • Operations and Computation
  • Data and Chance
  • Measurement and Reference Frames
  • Geometry
  • Patterns, Functions and Algebra