Guest Blogger Heidi Smith: Johnny Appleseed Inspires Interdisciplinary Connections


At ISTP, teachers enthusiastically look for connections across subjects, languages, and grades. These connections often crystalize into meaningful interdisciplinary projects that pique inquiry-based learning. Interdisciplinary projects help students thrive in their learning experience, motivate them to develop confidence in taking … Read More

Guest Blogger Jacqueline Cody: A Third Grade Class Reflects on Their Trip to Little Basin


On Wednesday, September 23, 2015, the third grade team departed for two days of experiential learning in the redwood forests of Little Basin and Pescadero marsh. Upon returning, the third graders reflected on their trip and had the following to say: … Read More

Guest Blogger Lauren Christel: Making Connections Across Programs With Elementary School “Houses”


If you’ve ever read the story Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, you’ve experienced firsthand the excitement of young wizards arriving at Hogwarts School for the first time and being sorted into their houses. While ISTP students are not wizards, … Read More

Guest Blogger Mike Kulbieda: Introducing ISTP’s New Elementary MakerSpace!


It is very exciting to announce the opening of the ISTP Elementary MakerSpace. The purpose of this flexible space is for students and teachers alike to celebrate curiosity, resourcefulness, empathy, and problem-solving, all in service to the act of creation. It will … Read More

ISTP Student Takes Home 1st in Region at La Dictée P.G.L. in Montreal

Photo Credit: Fondation Paul Gérin-Lajoie (La dictée P.G.L. 2015)

The International School of the Peninsula is proud to congratulate 5th grade French Program student, Alexandre A., on winning first place in his region at the La Dictée P.G.L. in Montreal. Over 370,00 Francophone students worldwide enter in this esteemed … Read More

Guest Blogger Chris Livaccari: ISTP Students Take Top Honors at the Mandarin Speech Contest!


ISTP Chinese Program students once again took top honors in the annual Mandarin Speech Contest sponsored by the Chinese Language Teachers Association of California. Our students received nearly 20 awards, including 3 first place and 4 second place wins (more … Read More

Experiential Learning in Hangzhou, China


The Chinese Program 4th Graders are in China for a 9-day cultural exchange trip. Students will be living with Chinese host families and attending school in the city of Hangzhou, experiencing Chinese life and culture firsthand. Chinese Program Director Chris … Read More

5th Grade Cultural Exchange – Touring Taipei, Attending GaoYuan Elementary School


The Chinese Program 5th Graders are in Taiwan for an 11-day cultural exchange trip. Students will take in the sights and sounds of the capital city of Taipei, live with Chinese host families, and attend GaoYuan Elementary School with their Chinese peers. … Read More

Cultural Immersion in Fumel, France


The French Program 4th Graders are in Fumel, France, for a 10-day cultural exchange trip. Students are living with French host families, and experiencing French life and culture firsthand. Assistant Head of School Kate Lussen and ISTP French teacher Cynthia Munster are accompanying our students, and … Read More