Learning Sections

Section A

Early Childhood I, II and III
Section Leader: Teacher Daniela Vargas

TOLIS has two classes devoted to Early Childhood education, for children from 2-7 years of age. Children in Section A (Early Childhood) wear green shirts. Classes end at 11:40 for Early Childhood I & II, and at 2:00 for Early Childhood III.

Section A has been implementing some elements of a Reggio-inspired approach in the classrooms. Our main focus has been to document the students learning experiences to make learning and learners visible to the community.

  1. Early Childhood I: ages 2-3 (Pre-Kinder)
  2. Early Childhood II: ages 3-5 (Kinder)
  3. Early Childhood III: ages 6-7 (Prep)

In Early Childhood I and II, children have classes from 7:30 – 11:40, divided generally in 30 to 60-minute periods. In Early Childhood, all students receive art, music, PE, swimming, Mandarin, and technology. Students in EC I and II receive pre-writing and pre-reading classes in addition to guided exploration that stimulates thinking skills, fine and gross motor skills and social abilities.

Academic subjects begin in Early Childhood III (Prep) when the day runs from 7:30am-2:00pm. In EC III, Math, Language Arts and Science are taught in English by the home-room teacher, and Spanish Language Arts is taught in Spanish. The schedules change for EC III, to six learning periods per day. After two learning periods, students receive a 20-minute recess. After two more learning periods, there is a 40-minute lunch break. In the final two learning periods of the afternoon, student receive 1 hour 20 minutes in class and leave at 2:00pm.

Section B

Elementary I, II and III
Section Leader: Teacher Marcela Vargas

TOLIS has five classes devoted to primary education, for children aged in general from 7-11 years of age. At this stage, homeroom teachers give English, Science and Math in English. (In EL III, homeroom teachers will also give Social Studies.) Students wear orange shirts. All students in Section B have classes until 2:20 pm.

  1. Elementary I: ages 7-8 (Grade 1)
  2. Elementary II A & B: two classes of students aged 8-9 (Grades 2-3)
  3. Elementary III A & B: two classes of students aged 10-11 (Grades 4-5)

Students in Elementary receive six learning periods per day, with 20-minute recess and a 40-minute lunch break. In the final two learning periods of the afternoon, EL I student receive 1 hour 20 minutes of class and leave at 2:00pm. EL II and III students receive 2 hours of class in the afternoon and leave at 2:20pm.

Math, Language Arts and Science are taught in English by the home-room teacher, and Spanish Language Arts and Social Studies are taught in Spanish in El. II. By EL III, we put extra focus on English, and teach Social Studies in English as well, usually with the homeroom teacher. All Elementary students receive art, music, PE, swimming, Mandarin, and technology.

Section C

Junior I, II and Seniors
Section Leader: Teacher Christian Miranda

TOLIS has four classes that comprise middle and high school. Starting in grade 8, TOLIS has specialist teachers for Science, Math, History and English. Students in grades 6-9 wear turquoise shirts; grades 10-12 wear navy shirts. Section C students have classes until 3:20 pm.

  1. Juniors I: ages 11-12 (Grades 6-7)
  2. Juniors II: ages 12-14 (Grades 8-9)
  3. Seniors: ages 14-18 (Grades 10-12)

Students from JRS to SRS attend school from 7:50 am-3:10 pm. They receive six learning periods per day, with 20-minute recess and a 40-minute lunch break. All students receive art, music, PE, swimming, Mandarin, and technology. From JRS I – SRs, students receive one hour of Civics taught in Spanish, and four hours in Spanish.

Depending on the language strengths of the class, Social Studies and History may be taught in Spanish or English. At Jrs. II, we teach Social Studies in Spanish along with Audio-visuals, so that students can also communicate through the design of storyboards, scripts and film production. This is a skill that is used for the last few years of high school. Art becomes Art and Design and is from 1.5 to 2 hours in duration, requiring study before or after school. By Jrs. II, students begin to study for the IGCSE exams and will specialize in science, taking Physics, Biology and Chemistry. In Jrs. II, students take World History and World Geography. Students can add electives in Srs (grade 10), using up to four learning periods to advance on a designated subject, working individually with the support of a mentor.

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