Learning Sections

Section A

Early Childhood II (Pre-Kinder / Kinder) and Early Childhood III (Prep)
Section Leader: Teacher Johanna Forero

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 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.

Early Childhood II: ages 3-5 (Pre-Kinder / Kinder)
Early Childhood III: ages 6-7 (Prep)

In Early Childhood 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 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 Daniela Vargas, Lidia Loría

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 Geography & 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 6-8 wear turquoise shirts; grades 9-12 wear navy shirts. Section C students have classes until 3:20 pm.

  • Juniors I: ages 11-12 (Grades 6-7)
  • Juniors II: ages 12-14 (Grades 8-9)
  • Seniors: ages 15-18 (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 two hour of Humanities (Social Studies & Civics) taught in Spanish, and three hours in Spanish.

JRII and SR students receive up to 6 hours of electives that cover a range of subject matter and skills, from cinema studies and independent living to business and sailing. Art as an elective allows for specialization in film, Art and Design, theater, dance among other areas.

By Jrs. II, students begin to study for the Cambridge IGCSE exams. Science is taught as Physics, Biology and Chemistry, with an elective in Environmental Studies or Computer Science. In Jrs. II, students take World History and World Geography.

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