THIS Primary is a joyful community of learners using a progressive American curriculum aligned to Common Core and AERO standards. We use project- and inquiry-based learning to promote engagement and understanding. THIS Primary is fun! Our unique educational philosophy is guided by developmentally sound, well researched programs. Each homeroom has a teaching assistant to support learning within and outside of the classroom. Our Homeroom teachers are well trained in teaching Reading, Writing, Social Studies, and Math, and our Specialist teachers are educated in and passionate about their content areas of Science, Visual Arts, Music, Chinese, and Physical Education. We all work together to build a community of 21st century learners who are passionate, curious, and creative.
Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.- John Dewey selected by Alicia Jones (Primary School Director)
The only person who is educated is the one who has learned how to learn ...and change.- Carl Rogers selected by Jacob Von Seth (Grade 2 Teacher)
Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.- Socratesselected by Kate McLaughlin (Grade 1 Teacher)
There is music in every child. The teacher’s job is to find it and nurture it.- Frances Clark selected by David Robinson (Primary Music)
A sense of order and predictability… enables children to relax, to focus their energy on learning, and to feel competent.- Paula Denton & Roxann Krieteselected by Catherine Morgan (Grade 2 Teacher)
Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.- Aristotle selected by Kayla Driedger (Grade 1 Teacher )
Nine tenths of education is encouragement.- Anatole France Monica Li (Primary PE Teacher)
Tell me, and I forget. Teach me, and I remember. Involve me, and I learn.- Benjamin Franklin selected by Isobel Huang (Teaching Assistant)
I examine myself daily on three points: whether I have been honest in business transactions; whether I have been sincere with friends; and whether I have mastered and practiced what I have been taught.- Tsang selected by Cassie Xiong (Teaching Assistant)
Why fit in when you were born to stand out?- Dr. Suess selected by Wei Rong (Teaching Assistant)
Education is the transmission of civilization.- Will Drunt selected by Maggie Cheng (Teaching Assistant)
Taking my life in my own hands.- Unknown selected by Wu Huijun (Primary/Secondary Chinese Teacher)
Free a student’s potential and we will transform them into the world.- Unknown selected by Wanyu Li (Teaching Assistant)
The aim of education should be to convert the mind into a living fountain and not a reservoir.- John M. Mason selected by Connie Jian (Teaching Assistant)
All students must hold a valid, international passport to attend. Admission to THIS Primary is a three-part process. Students must have adequate grades from previous schools, pass an academic English exam, and complete an interview in English. The overwhelming majority of our students come with some level of Chinese language ability, but it is not required. Students coming from other international schools in which English is the primary teaching language are expected to take Chinese classes once enrolled. Applications are received on a rolling basis until class sizes reach capacity. Students are generally not accepted late in the academic year; however, waiting lists are established.
English is the main language of instruction at THIS Primary. Our students are expected to use academic and social English throughout the day, with the exception of during Chinese class. Our native English-speaking and native Chinese-speaking teachers work together to provide an immersive language experience for our students to practice our motto of “East meets West.” Both our English and Chinese programs are rigorous but differentiated for the abilities of our students. Our English Language Learning students receive English Language Support in class or in small groups to help close small gaps in the English reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills. Our teachers work to prepare students for the linguistic challenges of living in an increasingly connected world.
THIS Primary offers a variety of after school classes and clubs throughout the year. Classes and clubs are designed to support the THIS Core Values as well as provide learning in one of five areas: STEM, The Arts, Chinese Culture, Student Interest Groups, and Movement and Sportsmanship. Classes and clubs are offered across three eight-week sessions throughout the year. Some classes are year-long and others change with each session. We work with both outside vendors and teachers to provide enriching experiences for students after school.
When a student enters THIS Primary, they are sorted into a Spartan Family group. Our Spartan Families are comprised of students from Grades 1-5, and they participate in monthly activities together. This allows older students to mentor younger students and builds links and bridges across grades in our school. Siblings are placed in the same Spartan Family, and students remain in the same group for their entire time at THIS Primary School, allowing the students to develop deep and meaningful friendships with students outside of their classes and grade levels. Everyone looks forward to our Spartan Family activities!
Formed in 2014, our Parent Association is comprised of elected parent representatives across grade levels. Together, with administrators, they have monthly meetings, run a school store, fundraise for initiatives, organize support for classes and teachers, and host activities and events throughout the year. In addition, the Primary Parent Representatives meet with the Primary School Director twice a year to address growth, parent body concerns, events, and strategies specific to the Primary School. Our Parent Association also hosts our annual Talent Show and, beginning in 2018, our End of Year Carnival. Our Primary parents are actively engaged in our school community!