Primary School — Primary


Angela L. Speirs — Primary School Principal
Angela L. Speirs — Primary School Principal

Thank you for visiting our website. It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to the Primary School of the International School Havana.

ISH is the only school in Havana offering the International Primary Curriculum (IPC). The IPC is an educational framework for children aged 5 - 11 years old. The IPC is a curriculum used by over 1000 schools in over 90 countries worldwide. We utilise the IPC as an integrated inquiry-based programme teaching through themed Units of Study based on the standards of the National Curriculum of England.

The IPC not only focuses on the growth of subject knowledge but is designed to educate the whole child and that is why it was chosen to align with our school mission, “learning to make a difference”. Our aim at ISH is to nurture the characteristics and attitudes necessary to develop internationally minded learners who will learn to contribute compassionately to the world.

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As we know, for a building to withstand the test of time it needs a strong foundation. The same is true of our children’s education. That is why in the Primary School at ISH we provide the educational experiences necessary to develop the learning characteristics that will not only support our children throughout their years at school but for the rest of their lives.

At ISH, we recognize parents as the first and foremost educators and we actively encourage a partnership between home and school to further supplement our ongoing assessment of each child and to support the programme in general.

Whether you are viewing our website as a student, parent or educator, we look forward to welcoming you one day to our nurturing, family-oriented school.

Yours in education,

Angela L. Speirs
Primary School Principal


In the Primary School, Science and Humanities are learned through the lens of the International Primary Curriculum (IPC). Together with the Cambridge Frameworks for English and Mathematics, the IPC ensures students are ready for the move from the Primary to the Middle school.

Our standards are developed from the IPC and Cambridge Frameworks which are designed to be compatible with the standards from the National Curriculum from England.

Our language programmes, in Spanish and French, are based on standards derived from the country of origin and the European Common Framework of Reference for Languages. Other subjects taught by specialists include Music, Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Library and Physical Education (PE).

Throughout the Primary School, there is a focus on Guided Enquiry to support our learners in developing conceptual understanding.