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Our Story

History

International School for Peace is a non-profit preschool that opened in August 2004 with a focus on peace and conflict resolution. By immersing the children in multicultural language and culture experiences, the International School for Peace promotes peace within the individual, the community, and the world.


Unique Programming

International School for Peace offers play-based full and partial language immersion preschool classes in Spanish. Our partial immersion classrooms provide English instruction (70%) with Spanish language enrichment activities (30%). Our full immersion classes are taught in Spanish. Children in all classrooms receive exposure to the language through songs, games, and cultural activities. Conflict resolution skills are used every day. 


Curriculum

International School for Peace offers a play-based, child-centered, multicultural, anti-bias curriculum. We promote and celebrate diversity in our school, community and world through stories, books, games, songs, cultural artifacts, and visual materials that positively depict all races, cultures, ages, physical abilities, religions, socioeconomic status, and family configurations without stereotyping. We support the Arizona Early Learning Standards


Peaceful Communication

Every year the staff at ISP is trained or mentored in the use of Compassionate Communication and life coaching skills.  We aim to meet the needs of our school community, promote peace, and model for children a process of valuing our own needs and the needs of others.  Peaceful Parenting books are available in the preschool office for checkout. For more information please refer to our Handbook. 


Spiritual Focus

International School for Peace has an ecumenical, non-denominational spiritual focus emphasizing the commonalities of all world religions, especially in the areas of friendship and peace.


Community

International School for Peace will foster peace and understanding through the sponsorship of public festivals that celebrate diversity through food, dance, music, and storytelling from around the world, and works in partnership with St. Francis in the Foothills United Methodist Church.

Tours

We are happy to give tours of our school. Tours are conducted by the director and usually last about 45 minutes with a visit to each classroom and outdoor area. You are welcome to bring your children with you.

If you wish to schedule a tour, please contact the preschool office  or fill out the Contact Us form. 

Programs Offered

Two's and Three's Partial Spanish Immersion

The two and three year old classes offer a play-based curriculum which allows students to make choices and develop their independence. The two and three year olds spend their outdoor time in a separate, age appropriate environment. They sing songs and listen to stories during circle time and enjoy painting, dramatic play, and helping serve snack in the classroom. Potty-training is encouraged when the individual children are ready for the process. Children have the opportunity to develop both gross and fine motor skills. These partial immersion classes offer daily Spanish and weekly Hebrew and Farsi language enrichment programs that include songs, games, and play. A weekly Music enrichment class is offered.

Three's Full Spanish Immersion

The Three's Spanish immersion class offers a play-based curriculum which is taught in Spanish by a native Spanish speaker. Children spend time in both the indoor and outdoor environments. They work on social and communication skills as they are guided through problem solving by the teacher. Fine motor skills are developed through the use of many natural materials, manipulatives, play dough, sensory materials and writing materials. Gross motor skills are developed through dramatic play, climbing, digging, pouring, riding bikes, music, and movement. Art projects in this class are process-based and provide the children with the opportunity to explore various materials. Children enrolled in this class include native English speakers, native Spanish speakers, and bilingual students. Children in this program have the opportunity to participate in English preschool activities during the Precare or Aftercare programs. This full immersion class offers weekly Hebrew and Farsi language enrichment programs that include songs, games, and play.  A weekly Music enrichment class is also offered.

Extended Care

Precare


The precare program is designed for children who benefit from early morning care between the hours of 7:30a.m. and 9:00a.m.  Precare is staffed according to licensing ratio requirements and provides children with play-based child care.


Aftercare


The aftercare program is designed for those children who benefit from afternoon care between the hours of 2:30p.m. and 6:00p.m. Aftercare is staffed according to licensing ratio requirements. Aftercare is a structured program that includes outdoor play, indoor play, and group activity.


Three's and Four's Language Enrichment

The play based, child directed curriculum takes place both in the indoor and outdoor environments for the three and four year olds. Children continue to develop gross motor skills through dramatic play, music and movement, swinging, digging, pouring, and riding bikes. Fine motor skills are developed through the use of many natural materials, manipulatives, play dough, sensory materials, and writing materials. The children work on communication skills and problem solving with guidance from the teacher. Art projects in this class are process based and provide the children with the opportunity to explore many materials. Literacy and pre-literacy skills are developed through oral communication, story telling, literature, dictation, modeled and shared writing. This partial immersion class offers daily Spanish and weekly Hebrew and Farsi language enrichment programs that include songs, games, and play.  A weekly Music enrichment class is offered.

Four's Full Spanish Immersion

The Four's Spanish immersion class offers a play-based curriculum which is taught in Spanish by a native speaker. The students in this class spend time in both the indoor and outdoor environments. They work on social and communication skills as they are guided through problem solving by the teacher. Fine motor skills are developed through the use of many natural materials, manipulatives, play dough, sensory materials and writing materials. Gross motor skills are developed through dramatic play, swinging, digging, pouring, riding bikes, music, and movement. Art projects in this class are process-based and provide the children with the opportunity to explore various materials. Literacy and pre-literacy skills are developed in Spanish through oral communication, story telling, literature, dictation, modeled and shared writing. Children in this program have the opportunity to participate in English preschool activities during the precare or after-care programs. This full immersion class offers weekly Hebrew and Farsi language enrichment programs that include songs, games, and play.  A weekly Music enrichment class is also offered.

Summer Care

Summer Care Full Spanish Immersion


The Summer Care program offers children ages 3-6 a play-based, child led program that utilizes indoor and outdoor learning environments throughout a 7 week period.  Weekly themes will be explored for long periods of uninterrupted play with emphasis on open ended art, music, literacy, water play, sensory exploration, peaceful conflict resolution, and fun!


Summer Care Partial Spanish Immersion


The summer care program offers children 2-3 a play-based, child-led program that utilizes indoor and outdoor learning environments throughout a seven week period. Weekly themes will be explored for long periods of uninterrupted play with emphasis on open ended art, music, literacy, water play, sensory exploration, peaceful conflict resolution, and fun! 

Enrichments

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Multicultural Music

Ms. Alice joins us on alternating Tuesdays and Fridays to enrich our classes with multicultural music. She brings with her songs and instruments from around the world for children to sing, play, and explore. 

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Farsi

Ms. Nooshin teaches students about the culture, language, and traditions of Iran through popular children's songs, fingerplays, and games that expose children to Farsi vocabulary. 

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Hebrew

Ms. Jodi enriches our classes with Hebrew language, culture, and traditions every Thursday through songs, food, games, and everyday vocabulary. 

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Organic Gardening

Each class participates in organic gardening daily. Students are responsible for preparing soil, planting, weeding, watering, and harvesting their vegetables and flowers. 

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Librarian Anne.

Dusenberry River librarian Anne Wicks visits the first Tuesday of every month. She brings stories, activities, and fun to promote early learning literacy. 

Did you Know...

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ISP has a referral benefit for families!

If you refer a new family who enrolls a full-tuition child, M-F Full Day continuously for 5 months or longer, you will receive a one-time credit of $50 at the end of that time period!