Putonghua and English Mastery
The core of our learning programs is bilingual mastery for our students who come from both Chinese and non-Chinese speaking homes. Biligual immersion at our school is managed and led by experts in the field of bilingual education. Our philosophy is that all teachers are language teachers – for example, a Mathematics teacher teaching in English is both a Mathematics teacher and an English teacher. All teachers undergo the necessary training to equip them to teach in this environment.
We emphasize mastery of written and spoken Putonghua in Foundation Year to Grade 5, gradually shifting the balance over the years to favor English commencing in Grade 6. As a bilingual immersion school, we strive to have equal representation of both languages and cultures in assemblies, activities, and our awards program. All students are encouraged to work, learn, and play together using the primary language emphasized within their year. We aim for mastery in both languages by upper secondary, backed by a deep appreciation for Chinese and other civilizations.
Language and Curriculum by Grade
Foundation Year to
|70%||30%||The ISF Academy Primary Curriculum|
|Grade 4 and 5||50%||50%|
|Secondary School||Grade 6
|Grade 9 and 10||20%||80%|
Language ratio subject to individual student's subject selection
Authorized School for International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme® (IB DP)
* Percentages presented above are approximations.