International School of the Peninsula
151 Laura Lane, Palo Alto, CA, 94303-3221, USA
Tel: (+1) 650 251 8500
Fax: (+1) 650 251 8501
National, IB, curricula.
440 students, 3-13 yrs.
The International School of the Peninsula provides an immersion-based
bilingual and multi-cultural education to students from pre-kindergarten
through ninth grade. The school was founded in 1979 as the Peninsula
French American School.
Responding to community interest the school in 1996 became the
International School of the Peninsula, adding a Chinese-American
program, a second campus and a middle school. Studies show that
bilingualism maintained through the ninth grade lasts a lifetime.
The International School of the Peninsula's long-term objective
is to provide a complete international education through high school,
offering multiple bilingual programs that culminate in the International
Baccalaureate Diploma Programme.
The aim is for each child to develop fluent literacy in French
or Chinese, and English; respect, tolerance and appreciation for
all cultures; and personal integrity, independence and leadership.
A rigorous academic program at International School of the Peninsula
emphasizes conceptual and critical thinking, and encourages intellectual
The native speaking, certified teachers work together to stimulate
children's intellectual, creative and physical development. Small
classes provide students the individual attention they need to master
a bilingual curriculum, while access to school-wide enrichment programs
encourages every child to explore his or her special talents and
interests. Holidays and festivals provide an engaging context for
formal cross-cultural programs.
The French-American section of the International School of the
Peninsula combines the best of American education with the highly
reputed French national education system while the Chinese-American
section brings together the best teaching philosophies of the east
and west to deliver a bilingual education in English and Mandarin
Chinese. The middle school faculty works together to address the
special needs of young adolescents and prepare students to continue
their studies in leading French, American or international schools.