Founded in 1995, the Missoula International School (MIS), a nonprofit, independent preschool through eighth grade school, offers unique and challenging 21st century educational opportunities for students in the greater Missoula area. In 2009, MIS became the flagship school in the Northwest as a Primary Years Program (PYP) International Baccalaureate (IB) World School. The school provides an inquiry based learning environment through an IB education in a full Spanish language immersion environment within a multiage setting. Full language immersion has been proven to increase cognitive development, literacy, cultural understanding and self-confidence. This approach along with class sizes that allow for individual attention and deeper relationships within the school community results in inquiring, knowledgeable, confident and caring global citizens.

What MIS Offers:

Founded in 1995, the Missoula International School (MIS), a nonprofit, independent preschool through eighth grade school, offers unique and challenging 21st century educational opportunities for students in the greater Missoula area. In 2009, MIS became the flagship school in the Northwest as a Primary Years Program (PYP) International Baccalaureate (IB) World School. The school provides an inquiry based learning environment through an IB education in a full Spanish language immersion environment within a multiage setting. Full language immersion has been proven to increase cognitive development, literacy, cultural understanding and self-confidence. This approach along with class sizes that allow for individual attention and deeper relationships within the school community results in inquiring, knowledgeable, confident and caring global citizens.

MIS offers:

  • an independent preschool through eighth grade educational choice to the greater Missoula community
  • inquiry based learning environment that inspires creativity and critical thinking as the flagship PYP International Baccalaureate (IB) World School in the Northwest
  • a full language immersion environment which research proves increases cognitive development, literacy, cultural understanding and self-confidence
  • a 21st century education using a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) based teaching approach
  • a safe and nurturing environment that promotes freedom of expression and a culture of collaboration in a multiage setting
  • class sizes that allow for more individual attention and deeper relationships within the school community
  • an academic culture that promotes individual responsibility and equips students to take action as locally and globally-minded citizens
  • a learning environment that encourages academic and artistic risks to develop confidence and foster a well-rounded individual
  • a multicultural environment that connects students with people of diverse and international perspectives
  • Preparation for MIS graduates who consistently excel at upper level academic high school and college classes, travel the world and communicate in multiple languages, and contribute to their community in multiple ways.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Primary Year Programme (PYP)?

MIS is an International Baccalaureate World School authorized to provide the Primary Years Programme (PYP) for students in preschool through fifth grade. The PYP is an educational framework founded on a philosophy that recognizes a child’s natural curiosity, creativity and ability to reflect, the PYP generates a stimulating, challenging learning environment to nurture those assets and foster a lifelong love of learning. The PYP promotes integrated, inquiry-based learning through the units of inquiry that comprise the core curricular content for students.

What are multiage classes?

MIS classes are organized in a multiage framework that combines two or three age groups in the same class. This framework allows for collaboration and learning in variety of ways. Older students benefit from the qualities of leadership and responsibility they develop while younger students benefit from the mentorship and modeling provided by their older peers. Multiage education provides an authentic learning environment where individual needs can be met and a student-centered educational experience.

What does Spanish immersion look like in the school?

In preschool through 5th grade, all of the traditional subjects-language arts, science, social studies, math – are taught in Spanish. MIS students learn the content of a primary grades curriculum while learning a second language. In preschool through first grade, 100% of the classroom time is spent in Spanish while one hour of direct English instruction begins in second grade. In six and and seventh grade students spend two class periods a day learning in units delivered in Spanish designed in the Language Acquisition and Individuals and Society MYP Subject Groups. In eighth grade they spend one class period a day in units delivered in Spanish designed in the Language Acquisition MYP Subject Group delivered in Spanish.

What role does STEAM play in the learning at school?

The integrated approach to Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math complements the inquiry based learning of the IB curriculum framework. These topics are embedded in the classroom learning experience. Students in kindergarten learn basic programming and collaboration through Lego® Robotics and Scratch. Students at all grades learn about simple circuitry using our Little Bits™kits. Beginning in second grade, student have a separate technology and design class while also making use of laptops, iPads and Chromebooks for research and project-based learning in the classroom. Students participate in the design process to create projects printed on one of our 3D printers. MIS also offers additional afterschool enrichment classes in robotics, art, Math Counts team, and First Lego®League Team.

Mission, Vision & Values

Missoula International School inspires principled global citizens and lifelong learners through a challenging bilingual education from preschool to eighth grade.

Our Vision

At MIS, we believe our community of learners will impact the world in positive ways as we embrace international friendships, share information and ideas in multiple languages, and forge creative solutions through cross-cultural dialogue.

Our Values

Cooperation

We value an academic culture that nurtures individual responsibility and inspires members to work together and serve the local and global community. We value the transformation that takes place when members of our community—students, families, faculty and friends—learn and work together.

We value relationships that connect people to each other. We seek connection with people of diverse perspectives in multiple languages. We recognize that learning languages connects people across cultural borders and enhances individual capabilities.

Creativity

We value a safe and nurturing environment that promotes freedom of expression and a culture of creativity. We recognize that the process of inquiry inspires creativity and critical thinking. We recognize that taking academic and artistic risks develops confidence and nurtures a well-rounded individual.

Diversity at MIS

Diversity at MIS means moving beyond simple tolerance to support and celebrate the rich dimensions of each individual. MIS accepts and respects families, faculty, staff, and community members of all backgrounds and identities who seek connection through the shared goals of lifelong learning and principled global citizenship. MIS embraces broad perspectives and diverse knowledge to further its educational program and guide its students towards personal and global understanding and compassion.