ISD - The International School of Dakar

Elementary School

Welcome to our ISD Elementary School page. Our academic program is designed to establish and develop the core areas of Reading, Writing, Math, Science, and Social Studies. The units are based on the US curriculum standards, into which we draw local and worldwide influences. The program allows for easy transfer to other international schools and to the United States.

Our Elementary School consists of PK3 to Grade 5. We have one PK3 class, with a maximum of 16 students. We have two PK4 classes, with a maximum of 36 students (18 students per section). For Kindergarten through Grade 5, we have two sections at each grade level with a maximum number of 40 students per grade (20 students per section). 

Our K-5 school day is enhanced by regular classes in Art, Music, and Physical Education. Children also have time in both the Elementary School Computer Lab and the ISD Library to support classroom research. In addition, starting in Kindergarten, all students participate in daily French classes from beginner to Francophone.

ISD faculty and outside sponsors run a yearlong After School Activities (ASA) program and older Elementary students may also compete in basketball, volleyball, soccer, swimming and track. Through this, some students travel to represent ISD in tournaments in neighboring countries via the West African International Schools Activities League (WAISAL).

At ISD, we are developing lifelong learners. This effort is supported by our CORE values, which are at the heart of our mission:

  • Creativity
  • Open-mindedness
  • Responsibility
  • Excellence

The children in the Elementary School are challenged to aspire to these values. We reflect upon them often and celebrate them in regular school assemblies.

Even as ISD continues to grow as a school, we make every effort to keep a feeling of community here. We come together as a school for Concerts, Art Shows, Science Expos, UN Day, Senegal Arts Week, and many other festivals. We celebrate our diversity in the classrooms, while also focusing on the strengths we have that make us unique.

Please feel free to stop by for a visit, preview the grade level program guides on this website or contact us for more information on our school.

Ian Clark
ES Principal