Shaping Great Minds, Caring Hearts & Confident Leaders for over 65 years.

Strelitz International Academy is a candidate school* for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme and pursuing authorization as an IB World School. 

IB World Schools share a common philosophy—a commitment to improve the teaching and learning of a diverse and inclusive community of students by delivering challenging, high quality programmes of international education that share a powerful vision.** 

*Only schools authorized by the International Baccalaureate can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme or the Career-related Programme (CP). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted. For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit   

**Mission Statement from the IB The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment. These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right. 

International Baccalaureate® Primary Years Programme

Students learn through inquiry, experiences, experiments, observations,
research, interviews
and self directed learning

Students develop the skills and interests to become Lifelong Learners

Special emphasis on learning a second language, Hebrew


Learner Profile Traits

Global Learning & Social Action

Transdisciplinary Approach to Learning

IB Primary Years Overview Video

SIA students are INQUIRERS who nurture their curiosity, developing skills for inquiry and research. They know how to learn
independently and with others. Students learn with enthusiasm and sustain their love of learning throughout life.

SIA students are COMMUNICATORS and express themselves confidently and creatively in more than one language and in many ways.  They collaborate effectively, listening carefully to other perspectives.

Primary Years Program (K-5)

SIA Kindergarten Classroom

Primary Years School Day is 8am to 3:30pm.

General Studies

  • Reading
  • Continuation of LIPS Program Reading Groups Reading Homework
  • Writing
  • Spelling Handwriting Journaling
  • Math
  • Facts and Concepts
  • Science
  • Social Studies

SIA’s KNOWLEDGEABLE students develop and use conceptual understanding, exploring knowledge across a range of disciplines.Students
engage with issues and ideas that have local and global significance.

Specialty Classes

Violin * Library * Technology * Art * Music * P.E.


SIA students strive to BALANCE different aspects of their lives – intellectual, physical and emotional – to achieve wellbeing for themselves and others.
They recognize their interdependence with other people and with the world in which they live.

Hebrew Language & Jewish Studies

Conversational Hebrew: Students learn to read, write, and speak modern Hebrew. By the end of Kindergarten, many students can read basic Hebrew words, in first-grade students focus on Hebrew reading and writing, and in grades, 2-5 students focus on speaking Hebrew.

Prayers: Students participate in daily prayer as a class focusing on recitation and understanding. Gratitude and appreciation are important prayer themes.

Torah/Bible: Through discussion of the stories of the Bible primarily in Genesis and Exodus, students learn Jewish history, values, and critical thinking skills.

Jewish Holidays: Students participate in joyful celebrations as a school community.


SIA students are OPEN MINDED and critically appreciate their own cultures and personal histories, as well as the values and traditions of others. They
seek and evaluate a range of points of view, and they are willing to grow from the experience.

Strelitz Student Leadership

Student Government
Student Mentorship
SIA Morning News

SIA students strive to be PRINCIPLED and act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness and justice, and with respect for the
dignity and rights of people everywhere. We take responsibility for our actions and their consequences.

Afterschool Clubs & Enrichment

Drama * Intramural Sports * Chess * Garden * Running * Technology


Our REFLECTIVE students thoughtfully consider the
world and our own ideas and experience. We work
to understand our strengths and weaknesses in
order to support our learning and personal

SIA Graduates

Manage their subjects in an accelerated
curriculum, develop critical thinking skills
and study effectively

Develop a strong identity and sense of self

Build a strong connection to their

Learn to speak a second language – Hebrew.

Transition successfully into various middle
schools taking accelerated classes!

SIA students are CARING and show empathy, compassion and respect. They have a commitment to service, and they act to make a
positive difference in the lives of others and in the world around them.

Tamir Zach, Class of 2018 Norfolk Academy
Leila Abrams, Class of 2017 Virginia Beach Public School Plaza Middle Years IB Program
Jack Poorman Class of 2018 Norfolk Collegiate School

Our Alumni

Where are they now? (Classes of 2015-2020)
Public School
IB & Gifted Programs
Norfolk Academy 27%
Cape Henry Collegiate School 5%
VB Friends School 5%
Norfolk Collegiate School 5%
The Williams School 2%
Toras Chaim 2%
Click here to hear from Leila Abrams, SIA Class of 2017
Adam Alper, Class of 2018 Young Scholars Academy at Rosemont Norfolk Public School
Emily Leon, Class of 2018 Class of 2018 Cape Henry Collegiate
Jack Jenkins, Class of 2017 Old Donation School Virginia Beach School Gifted Program
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