Early Childhood Education
The Louisa Procter Early Childhood Education Center at The International School is an outstanding Pre-School – Kindergarten located in Eden Prairie, making it an ideal location for families living or working in Eden Prairie, Edina, Wayzata, Minnetonka, Chanhassen, and beyond. With over 30 years in Eden Prairie and backed by an education organization founded in 1886, The International School is one of the leading options for Early Childhood Education in Minnesota.
Pre-School, Pre-Kindergarten, and Kindergarten education is critical to a child’s formative years and fosters an enthusiasm and confidence that will remain with them throughout their school life. Our carefully designed program of structured lessons and play, balanced with daily free choice activities ensure children remain engaged and curious.
By the time they move into 1st Grade, it is our responsibility to have equipped the children during their formative years with the essentials of character to thrive in an increasingly competitive world. To put firmly in place the qualities which will make them clear thinking, robust, hardworking, determined and kind people who will go on to be a positive influence in the world.
It is widely accepted by child development professionals that children of Pre-School – Kindergarten ages absorb and achieve more than at any other stage in school life. At The International School, we strive to help our youngest students to become successful learners, confident individuals, and caring contributors to society. This begins with our curriculum.
Both augmented and thematic, our curriculum is designed to enable students to achieve more and maximize their efforts. We actively offer opportunities for every child to succeed and we celebrate and share their joy and delight when they do; this gives the children a wonderful sense of assurance and the ability to care for themselves and others.
Our exceptional curriculum includes Literacy and Numeracy, Science, Communication, Arts & Crafts, Music, Physical Development, Kindness, and World Languages.
Our goal is to provide a safe and caring environment, where children can gain a positive approach to school and learning. What we do so successfully is find that balance between delivering in terms of education, and yet doing so kindly and with many broad, interesting and high-quality opportunities. The International School is very proud of its articulate and confident students who move on equipped to work things out for themselves, so crucial in an increasingly challenging world.
Inclusive & Diverse
The International School has always attracted a wide variety of students, in geographic, linguistic, ethnic and intellectual terms. We are very proud of our ‘Internationalism’ and ‘Global’ focus and strive for at least one third of our school to be from the ‘International Community’ (English as a second language, relocated internationally). This is also true of our Faculty and Staff, many of whom originate from countries outside of the United States of America. In addition to being culturally enriching, our diverse community enables us to actively promote peace and understanding. Early Childhood Education classes are no exception with several ‘International’ students enrolling in each grade level.
Our private, 55-acre campus is the perfect location for an Early Childhood Education experience unlike any other. Classrooms, technologically advanced, and tailored to meet the needs of our youngest students are just the tip of an incredible iceberg of indoor and outdoor playscapes and facilities situated in the ECE Center and throughout campus – including an indoor swimming pool, library, S.T.E.A.M. Room, Arts & Crafts Room, I.T. Lab, and exclusive Dining Room.
We consider good nutrition and a positive attitude towards food to be essential to children’s health and well-being. We encourage our students to try new things and love good food in all its variety.
Our qualified and experienced teaching team provide developmentally appropriate guidance and support. Our Early Childhood Education classes are small enabling our dedicated teachers to nurture and stretch every child and to help them achieve their full academic potential.
We have high expectations of ourselves and our children, both inside and out of the classroom, and we have a long history of successful preparation of children for the next stage of their education.
The International School of Minnesota’s Early Childhood Program is licensed by the Department of Human Services as a Child Care Program under Rule 3.
The International School of Minnesota is accredited by National Council for Private School Accreditation (NCPSA), Accreditation International (AI), and the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Education (MSA CESS).