Native Language @ ISB


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 28), the Middle School Program of Studies (pages 31-33), and High School Academic Courses.

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After-school French class

ISB also offers Native Language class after school in a number of languages. Here are the languages currently offered after school. 

  • Danish
  • Dutch
  • French
  • German
  • Hebrew
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Mandarin
  • Spanish
  • Thai (Pre-K)


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.

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.

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