Programs Elementary

2-   Programs

Guided by OPIS’s mission vision, it is our goal to have all students meet and or exceed OPIS's standards and benchmarks in learning. Our curriculum and activities are designed to ensure that students are receiving the precise building blocks that will properly prepare them to move to the next level.

Core Subjects

  • Mathematics, Science, Language Arts (Reading, Writing, Word Study) and Social Studies.



In an aim to foster meaningful literacy instruction, students are engaged in a variety of language experiences that focus on developmentally appropriate skill acquisition in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. A strong emphasis is placed on literature appreciation, with students involved in literary discussions in literature circles, class novel studies and daily teacher read aloud. Utilizing Readers’ Workshop, educators are able to instruct students at their readiness levels and individualize literary teaching and learning experiences to best meet varied student needs. Through Writers’ Workshops, all students are engaged in daily writing experiences, ranging from the very emergent writing forms in Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten, to more developed ranges of written expression in Grades 1 - 5. The Elementary Literacy Coach provides ongoing program support by fostering best literary teaching and learning practices in the area of language arts.



The elementary math curriculum is delivered through an inquiry based approach, whereby students mathematical practices to engage in in-depth, hands-on investigations in the areas of: number sense, computation and estimation, geometry, measurement, problem solving, patterns, functions, and algebra, statistics, data analysis and probability. The Elementary Math Coordinator works closely with teachers to provide continuous professional development, on-going curricular support, and guidance with the planning, delivery, and assessment of math units. Students work collaboratively to construct mathematical understandings and extend their learning based on their individual abilities and needs. A strong emphasis is based on communicating understandings and sharing strategies with others.


Science and Social Studies

 The elementary school facility is home to one indoor science lab and an outdoor science lab. The Elementary Science Coordinator is responsible for facilitating science teaching and learning experiences and coordinating the overall program. Science and Social Studies topics are explored and taught through an inquiry based approach; whereby students are involved in constructing knowledge by engaging in hands-on experiences and making connections between new learning experiences and prior knowledge. Teachers facilitate in the process of developing the skills of continually questioning, analyzing, and reflecting upon learning throughout topic exploration. Such inquiry-based programs effectively cater to the typical broad range of student needs in any given classroom and provide room for enrichment opportunities. Social Studies skills are similarly developed in practical activities with topic related literature integrated within the language arts program.


Utilizing technology as a teaching and learning tool is at center stage with a strong focus on technology integration in the core curricula areas. Students also develop their information technology skills in computer lessons taught by specialist teachers, through the use of  labs. Each student has a school account and enrollment in Pearson Realize class web page, through which information pertaining to curricula documents, homework, discussion boards, and other student resources can be accessed.

School Trips and Activities

 School trips, at every grade level, are planned to support the instructional program and extend classroom learning. The school also seizes opportunities to integrate both national and international events that take place in the host country as they arise. After school activities are offered to students  throughout the year. Students, in second to fifth grade, are also able to take part in an after school sports program, which provides them with the opportunity to work within a team and compete against other schools.

Special Events

During the course of the year, Principals conduct special sessions with the students, to celebrate various holidays and events . In addition, learning celebrations are held throughout the year at every grade level. Special events such as International Week, Action Unlimited Day, and Friendship Festival serve to enrich students overall school experience and promote much welcomed community involvement. Learning is celebrated regularly through events such as portfolio day, concerts, writing celebrations, poetry week, reading week and numerous specific grade level events. OPIS is proud of the high level of parental support and involvement it has maintained throughout the years, and places great emphasis on home school connections and parental partnerships in student learning.

  • School World Languages
    • The primary goal of our program is to enable students to communicate effectively in a new language. Languages being taught include Arabic (Modern Standard Arabic and Arabic as a Foreign Language).
  • Arts
    • In the upper elementary, students are provided with opportunities to learn a wide variety of artistic techniques and mediums in order to demonstrate their creativity. The art curriculum is based on the U. S. National Standards for Art Education and covers the early childhood years through high school.
  • Physical Education

Our physical education program is a multifaceted process that teaches a wide range of skills and activities with the aim of students becoming 

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