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Quick Facts

  • Henderson, NV USA
  • 14 acre campus
  • Preschool (3 yrs) - 8th grade
  • school community representing over 30 countries
  • Personalized learning plan for each student
  • 100% of graduates accepted to high school of their choice

Our Stories

“The #1 benefit is the "personalized learning plan" where the teacher works with the parents to identify areas of improvement for each individual child, because each subject is not one-size-fits-all. I love the "specials" that my daughter never had before like music, art, science lab, Spanish and PE. I also...” read more

- Jen Grant, Current Lower School Parent

“When considering a school for our daughters six years ago, the quality of the education was the primary concern for my partner and me as parents. But for our family, of equal importance was the sense of community and a welcoming environment. With Henderson International School, we had a feeling...” read more

- John Pinocci, Current Middle School Parent

“Every day I watch students examine new things and delight in the knowledge of what is waiting for them. I've watched children in awe of what lies under a ladybug's spots, inside a leaf, discovering that microbes silently swim in a pond or amazed at the beauty of all things...” read more

- Jill Brown, Lower School Science Teacher

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Teacher Highlight

As the Performing Arts teacher here at Henderson International School, I have the unique honor of teaching across all of the grade levels.  In my six years here, I have looked for opportunities to have the Lower School students and the Middle School students integrate.  I want the Kindergarten students to get to know the older students and I want our older students to learn to be caring role models and student leaders for the younger grades.  Additionally, it is beneficial for the Kindergarteners to see the older students as peers that they can trust.  I sought to accomplish these goals through a collaborative Morning Meeting/Circle of Power and Respect between the Kindergarten and seventh grade students. According to the Developmental Design model, Morning Meeting sets the tone for respectful learning, establishes a climate of trust, motivates students to feel significant, creates empathy, encourages collaboration, and supports social, emotional, and academic learning. Circle of Power and Respect builds community and provides a daily structure that ensures young adolescents have a regular, safe opportunity to meet their needs for relationship, autonomy, competence, and fun in a school appropriate way.  Both components of Morning Meeting and CPR include greeting, sharing and activity.  Listed below are examples of how we run our integrated meetings. Greeting We all start sitting in a circle.  I explain to both classes that they have one minute to greet as many “new” friends as they can.  The seventh graders have to greet the Kindergarteners and the little ones can only greet the older students. They all have to walk around the room and say, “Hi, my name is ______.  Nice to meet you.” Sharing Our first meeting we had a Kindergartener and a seventh grader each pair up.  They each had to ask three questions to find out more about their new friends.  I gave them all about 3-5 minutes.  Then I had the students share out with the group all of the new things they learned about their new friend.  At other times, we have an all-group share:  I will ask a question and each student must share their response with the group. Activity For our activities I like to play simple games and acting games with the students.  Examples include an acting game called The Living Museum and the ever popular Duck, Duck, Goose.  Living Museum targets the educational areas of concentration and physical work. In this game the museum has come to life, but you can’t let the night guards see you or you'll be removed from the display and sent to storage.  Duck Duck Goose gets kids to be active and make choices, and encourages them to pick all students, not just their friends. It encourages social interaction, is a great icebreaker and promotes team building. So far, we have had several cross-grade level meetings and it has been a great success.  The Kindergarteners are thrilled when their seventh grade friends come to visit, while the seventh graders have enjoyed interacting with the Kindergarteners.  Both groups have discovered that despite the difference in age, we actually all have a lot in common.  -Jillian Petrelli Performing Arts Teacher

Jillian Petrelli - Developmental Design Across the Grade Levels

Student Highlight

One of the skills employers today consistently rank as very important is the ability to communicate well, both orally and in writing.  Writing is one of our five Teaching Protocols as a Meritas school.  Our writing instruction focuses primarily on the Narrative genre in the Lower School, but we also expose our students to the other genres of Informative and Persuasive.  Additionally, we strive at HIS to create confident students who can self-advocate. A fine example of all these goals playing out together happened this past month in Ms. Ruccia’s 1st grade class.  She asked her students to come up with changes that they might like to see happen at our school and then write and speak on behalf of those changes. After a class brainstorm to generate a list of ideas to consider, Ms. Ruccia asked each student to choose one topic.  They were then put into small affinity groups to work together on their ideas.  Collaboratively, each group wrote a speech from one to three minutes in length.  They then had to get up in front of their classmates and present their written speech, attempting to “persuade” the listeners to adopt their ideas for change. If you’d like to see the end result, please click on this link, 1st Grade Persuasive Speeches, and watch the video! This cross-curricular experience, incorporating both Social Studies and Writing standards, is just one example of how we attempt to follow through on our Mission to “…cultivate confident, well-rounded students that contribute wisdom, compassion and leadership to a global society.” -John Heffron, lower school principal    

Persuasive Speech in 1st Grade

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  • 1165 Sandy Ridge Ave.
  • Henderson, Nevada 89052
  • USA

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