Early Years

At the International School of Nice, our early childhood education follows the IB Primary Years Programme for each preschool year group.

Our preschool children in the lower school, ages three to six, join our Young Explorers class (ages 3-4), followed by Pre-Kindergarten (ages 4-5) and Kindergarten (ages 5-6).

Once of primary-school-age, children journey through Grades 1 to 5, between ages six and 11, in the lower school section before moving into Grade 6 in the middle school at age 11.

Our class sizes are small, with a maximum of 15 students for Young Explorers and 23 for Pre-K and K classes, enabling our teachers to provide children with personalised attention.

Before entry, we offer all children a taster day to experience life at ISN.

Young Explorers (ages 3 to 4)

Our brand new Young Explorers class is now officially open and we welcome students from the age of three! Click here for more detailed information.

Early childhood education in the PYP

The lower school is where your child’s future starts. Through a learning environment that establishes collaboration, kindness, curiosity and independence, your child builds an exemplary foundation for their education.

Two young students sit together outside and read picture books

Through the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) curriculum, each child can develop as a whole – socially, intellectually, emotionally and physically – while following an inquiry-based approach to learning.

Teachers provoke student inquiry, lead through example and set expectations before students independently or collaboratively move towards predefined learning goals.

Our team of experienced teachers provides a programme of study based on your child’s interests and curiosity. This makes learning meaningful and inspires children to take action on what they have learned.

In our preschool classrooms and outdoor learning areas, students actively learn through a play-based approach that sees them experiencing hands-on exploration and discovery.

We help children to find and use their voice to express their ideas, share their opinions and thoughtfully and respectfully comment on those of others. Every teacher promotes and celebrates the successes of each child.