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ISB offers Native Language classes during the school day in Thai in all divisions (ES/MS/HS), and in French, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, and Spanish in the secondary divisions (MS/HS). To learn more, please see Elementary School Student Handbook  (page 29), the Middle School Program of Studies (pages 32-36), and High School Academic Courses. After school, ISB offers Native Language class in our Panther Native Language Academy. Here, our goal is to offer meaningful learning activities in reading, writing, speaking, and listening. We aim to keep students moving forward in their native language development and connected with their peers.

Here are the languages currently offered after school.

  • Dutch
  • French
  • German
  • Hebrew
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Mandarin
  • Spanish
  • Thai (PreK 2)

Notes: Our after-school native language classes best suit students who are (a) unable to take a native language class during school, or (b) students who need extra support as determined by the teacher of the native language class in school.

A native/near native language is generally described as a language that is used on a daily basis with at least one parent. This is fundamental to ensure that the language can be supported outside of the classroom. We believe that native language learning happens best when students experience a strong home-school partnership.

For all students K and up whose families pay for one Panther Native Language Academy class session per week (500 THB/one-hour session, due when the term begins), ISB funds a second session per week if there is adequate demand. PreK 2 classes meet once per week only.

To inquire about native language support for your children, in any of the languages above or a language not listed, please email us:

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