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PK-6
Private
Scottsdale, AZ
Students enrolled: 298
Before care: Yes
After care: Yes

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9128 E. San Salvador Drive
Scottsdale, AZ 85258

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(480) 874-2326
(480) 663-6894
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July 27, 2014
We left the school due to the absolutely poor education! We were promised a high level of education, but the majority of 2nd graders cannot read. The children are very far behind other students at their level and they will not be able to compete when they get into a "real" school. Parents excuse it claiming the immersion keeps their children behind, but that is just wrong. The school promised immersion, but how can you have that when they now combine the French and Spanish students for many hours each day due to lack of enrollment in the upper grades. It's just a poorly run school and the administration and board have no clue what they are doing so no one will be able to fix it. The only ones who lose out are the kids and that is very sad!

- submitted by a parent
June 03, 2014
My son has attended ISA for 5 years now - starting when he was only 2 years old. I was a stay-at-home mom at the time and wanted to allow my son to socialize with other children his age but didn't want to send him to the 'typical' day care that just involved aimless playing. Language immersion sounded perfect - learning, nurturing intermixed with playing. The adjustment was hard at first but after only a few days, my son would literally run to his classroom excited to learn! Over the years, his classmates have become his extended family, all accepting of each other! The teachers are amazing as well and very dedicated to the entire process of teaching through immersion. Hearing my son speak fluent French with a perfect accent brings tears to my eyes! And he still runs to his classroom! ISA = Money well spent and an true investment in his future!

- submitted by a parent
June 03, 2014
I am extremely pleased with the International School of Arizona. Our son has been at the school for 5 years and is fluent in French. In addition, he has had after school Spanish and Mandarin for the past 3 years and is progressing well with both. We don't speak another language at home so this experience has been amazing so far. The teachers are native speakers of Spanish and French and are absolutely amazing. The American English program is also now implementing a STREAM (Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Art and Math) curriculum and we are very pleased. ISA is certified by the Spanish and French governments as well they have been recently certified in the American curriculum through AdvancED. My wife and I believe in academic excellence and both have graduate and post graduate degrees. However, academic excellence is nothing without the leadership ability through global cultural intelligence. There is no other school like ISA in Arizona. Every year ISA has grown by 5-15% and so there are always some growing pains. They are in search of a new building in response to the overwhelming agreement of academic excellence through second language immersion.

- submitted by a parent
February 05, 2014
I have two children at this school, and although I search every year to see if there is a better option, I haven't found it! The small class sizes are unbeatable, and sometimes I worry that it may be TOO small as they get older, but I'm not arguing about it now! They are searching for a new location that can encompass both campuses. You can pick which teacher you want your child to have, and we have been very lucky at picking the best! Our kids are VERY loved there (2-3 year old room, and pre-K), and I feel they are very safe. Any drama there may be is only evident because it is a small school with parents, teachers, and staff all involved; if one person is upset, usually everyone finds out about it. They are continually improving their English program, so my fears about that have subsided a bit. There is NO OTHER way to learn a foreign language than FULL immersion, and this is why ISA is above and beyond any school in Phoenix or Scottsdale. It may feel like a risk to you to have your child completely immersed in another language, but I urge you to look at the research and data which clearly state numerous benefits, and pretty much no drawbacks!

- submitted by a parent
January 25, 2014
STOP the politics! Please start caring for our little ones! This is a preschool! You charge $11,000 a year, constantly harass parents to give more money and make my son teacher cry.... When will this stop????

- submitted by a parent
January 23, 2014
I have 3 sons here and I absolutely love the school! My husband and I do not speak a 2nd language and I was worried this would impact my ability to help them with homework and such. It has not been a problem at all! This is their 3rd year and they are doing fantastic. My oldest started in Pre-k and is now in 1rst grade and he can read and write in both Spanish and English. The teachers are phenomenal and show great interest in each child's progress and the class sizes are small. I have not experienced any of the drama or behavior problems others have commented on so I find that really surprising. I also love the many after school activities at the school. There is a homework class, chess club, tennis, guitar, just to name a few. My only concern is what I will do after 5th grade since the school only goes to 5th.

- submitted by a parent
January 02, 2014
International School of Arizona offers a lovely facility at the satellite location and a facility in need of updating at their main location. The teachers were wonderful. Most of the parents were very involved and went above and beyond in the parent association. We loved the curriculum - the 2 year olds are learning to categorize, letters, numbers, vocabulary, etc. We didn't see this much attention to cognitive development at other preschools. HOWEVER, where ISA falls drastically short is in the social and emotional supports for two-three year olds, which is a critical deficit when operating such a high-end preschool. The school counselor (1 counselor for 2 schools), administration and teachers are untrained in addressing the most typical developmental behaviors such as sharing, hitting, biting, and pinching. Friends of ours didn't enroll their child because they observed ISA kids out of control and unwatched. We wished we had listened to them. The playground and "free time" was always a free-for-all. We moved our child to another language immersion school in Scottsdale and have seen dramatic improvements in our child's relations with others and behavior.

- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2013
My son loves this school, and so do we! He is in his second year and is learning French as it were his own language. All of the children in the school are performing above the national average in all subjects, especially math and science. The teachers are native speakers of the language, and many of the staff are foreign nationals from France and Spain as well as various countries in South America and Mexico, so the children are taught how to pronounce words in their chosen language as a native speaker would including colloquial phrases as well giving the children very authentic language skills. In the French language track, the school uses a curriculum from the French Ministry of Education and is subjected to oversight by the French education authorities via testing and visits to the school. We are very happy that our son is able to learn from a robust curriculum combined with being immersed in the French language. The school is also a good value; our son started at age 2, and the price was the same as daycare in the area. We know that this school will influence our son in a very amazing way for the rest of his life, thank you ISA!

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2013
We love ISA. The small school intimacy and the welcoming attitude of teachers and admin suits our desire to be involved in our child's education and community. The low teacher/student ratio is important to us. Teacher /parent communication is thorough. The children are well behaved and are testing well above their grade levels. Immersion study is not an easy program but our daughter gets one-on-one attention as needed and we feel the benefits are worth the extra effort. Plus, she loves it!

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2013
The International School of Arizona has been our home for the past 3 years. My now 4 and 5 year old daughters are thriving in the Spanish immersion program. I cannot imagine having my children in English only school when they have the ability to be learning in another language. It is one of the greatest gifts I will give them as parent. The school community consists of many involved families.

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2013
Many of the teachers and assistants here are outstanding! Children learn about lots of countries in the world and the special events that are scheduled are great. There is stability in the classroom among students and staff (not true at most preschools), so the students are the same all year--fostering close friendships among students and among parents. We wish that the administration was better and more concerned about addressing issues and concerns rather than being so laissez faire, but overall we think what happens in the classroom makes the school worth it.

- submitted by a parent
October 27, 2013
Our language immersion school is amazing!! The teachers are incredibly dedicated to our students success and my kids amaze me everyday with their advanced level of learning. My kids love school and for me that is a direct reflection of the school and its team of teachers and administrators.

- submitted by a parent
October 27, 2013
The teachers are what makes this school great. The lack of leadership from the administration is what is holding this school back. For the money our families pay we should have a principal with a stronger background and more experience in eduction and running a school. If you want your child to have great teacher and a bilingual education this is the place for you - you will just need to close your eyes to the constant mistakes made by the head of school.

- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2013
The teachers are amazing...and that is where it starts and stops with the good thing about this school. The leadership is no where close to what a private school should have for the cost. My children have been going to the school since they were 3 and 4. My children are very fluent in the language, which is why I keep sending them there. However, the school administration is always crying for more money and parents are being told they need to be more of a giving community. For what? To stay at a campus that is to small and there is no new campus in the near future. They do not have the money. You would think that being in business for 15 years they would have all of their ducks in a row. The english department has tried and seems to be making improvements. The children do test higher than their grade level (once again a reflection on how great the classroom teachers are). The concept is a good one. To make this a great school, I believe they really need to revamp the administration with professionals that know how to run a private school that could compete with the other private schools in the valley then hopefully this school can rate 5 stars.

- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2013
This school is absolutely terrific. I can't imagine why anyone would not give it 5 stars! The teachers are terrific, office staff always friendly, and administrators are prompt and on top of every concern I have ever had. The only down side to this school is the size of the facilities, but they are working to overcome this hurdle in the future. Once again, I can't recommend this school any more and your a fool not to at least check them out.

- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2013
The best teachers I have ever met are here! My 2 year old asks for her teacher at bedtime and can't wait to go to school in the morning! The curriculum is excellently designed and thought out. After just one week of school, my daughter came home speaking french phrases! Amazing...

- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2013
Wonderful school with the most amazing and caring teachers. Such a wonderful school for my son who had very little time adjusting (2.5 yrs old) all because the teachers are "extended" mommies to him. We highly recommend ISA hope they win the prize :) Sara

- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2013
We have two children at ISA, and this is our second year at the school. Before enrolling, I spoke with several parents, toured many schools, and reviewed the curriculum. The current campus is quite a distance from our home, so, I wanted to be certain that my choice for preschool was based upon sound decision making, as our long term intentions would also include staying through the elementary years. Although the school is fairly young...about 15 years, they aim to ensure a competent and rigorous curriculum (the school is certified by several respected educational agencies). As of late, the English department is a strong focus, and the school appears to be making great strides in order to beef up the quality, and quantity of time that children spend learning English Grammar, and Common Core subject matter (in addition to the foreign languages). The current school facility does allow for staff to deliver a solid learning experience, however, it has some limitations in terms of physical space for increasing enrollment, technology, and outdoor sports. As a result, the school is seeking a new campus, and parents are looking forward to a permanent place for ISA to call home.

- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2013
Excellent teachers who really care about their students. I love the multi cultural aspect. There were at least five languages besides French being spoken by families from my daughter's class last year. The small classes are wonderful - children get a lot of direct attention. The two campuses (pre school and elementary) have pros and some cons. I would like to see improved communication from parent groups to administration, but I think that it is coming.

- submitted by a parent
September 01, 2013
We attended this school for three year and watched it go downhill. I love the concept, but it does not live up to its promise. Leadership is poor, the curriculum is loose and the politics and drama with the parents, board and principal are embarrassing. Visa regulations have impacted the quality of the teaching staff, particularly at the pre-school levels. It is definitely not worth the cost, and you will likely tire of listening to them cry poor throughout the school year. My child has been in a new school this year and has learned more in 3 week than she did in 3 years at ISA.

- submitted by a parent
August 15, 2013
my children attended the school last year , I admit I miss the school , it was great to see my son improving greatly his Spanish , as a spanish speaking mom I want him to be not just fluent speaking but also master writing , reading and to know the right language my daughter was in the French preK and of course she is not fluent at all but she understand common use words , counting , alphabet, salutations ,commands ,etc in just 5 months ( considering she lives in a multilingual home ) ,on the bad size , the school is small and the kids dont have a great space for recess , I head they will move to a bigger place next year I have to change school due to distance from my home

- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2012
My child has attended this school since he was 3 years old. He didn t know any French upon entering. After a week, he didn t even seem to notice or mind that he was learning everything in another language. Children are so adaptable and sponges at that age, I feel it s the best thing we ever did. He continues to be challenged each day. The level of education far exceeds French and American Standards (you can ask the school for Stanford test scores, French Ministry of Education scores, etc). Now that he is older he is proud to speak French fluently and I am proud to have him translate for me. We absolutely love the education he receives, small class size, and nurturing environment. He gains such a global perspective on life by being exposed to such a diverse community. We are lucky to have this school in Arizona.

- submitted by a parent
October 01, 2011
This school has gone through a lot of changes and now the leadership is poor, and the discipline is non-existent. This school is not worth a private tuition. I would not recommend this school to any parent.

- submitted by a parent
April 06, 2011
Since we were not bilingual we were worried out children would have a difficult time. That was not the case at all and we are so happy we enrolled out children at the school. My 8 year old is completely fluent reading, writing and speaking French. Great interenational education as well as strong US education. Start your children as early as you can but they can succeed even starting at 4 or 5 years old. Gives them a great headstart in the world.

- submitted by a parent
February 28, 2011
My 2-year-old son goes to the school and we are extremely happy with the education there. He is already bilingual: he speaks Spanish to the teachers and English to the other children in his class; he just love it!

- submitted by a parent
November 12, 2008
My daughter has been in this school for 6 years and speaks French fluently. The quality of education and diversity cannot be over emphasized. I love the school, the community of parents/families as well as the administrators as well. It is not a big facility and the arts are present but not emphasized. Very strong academic focus.

- submitted by a parent
December 19, 2007
We enrolled our 4 year old daughter in the German summer program and she learned so much! She is not billingual, but we wanted her to learn some language prior to visiting relatives in Germany. The teachers were caring and it was a loving fun environment for her with no pressure. What a great unique opportunity for Arizona children to learn more about their world!

- submitted by a parent
May 20, 2007
My 3-year-old son goes to the school and we are extremely happy with the education there. He is already somewhat bilingual: he speaks French to the teachers and English to the other children in his class.

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April 11, 2007
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no rating February 03, 2007
My son is in his second year of preschool and we intend to keep him there as long as possible. The teachers are warm and supportive environment, which is all the more important because the immersion program is challenging, with an emphasis on academics. Parents are highly involved, as can be expected in a small private school. Additional language offerings are building upon the strong French program and are moving the school toward a true international focus. We love and highly recommend the International School of Arizona!

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2006
Our three children attend and we are very pleased. The quality of the education is very high and the children are exposed to many cultures. The school is now expanding to a Spanish and possibly German track which is very exciting for the parents. The after- school programs are also excellent.

- submitted by a parent
April 05, 2006
Excellent School A+++ My son has been going their for 3 years and speaks 3 languages fluently. Great teachers and staff. High Recommend.

- submitted by a parent
July 22, 2005
This is a great school to send your child to. It has been a blessing having such a wonderful option for school in Arizona.

- submitted by a parent
March 30, 2005
Excellent educational opportunity for young children. Not only do students learn what a good elementary school would teach them but they acquire a new language in the process. With a little extra effort children become proficient in a new language. Hopefully ISA can expand in order to offer middle school grades and beyond.

- submitted by a parent
January 22, 2005
This is an amazing school. My family and I just moved from France, and were so relieved to find that there is a school that will teach English and the culture of America, as well as continue to teach in a French manner.

- submitted by a parent
January 09, 2004
A much needed multicultural and multilingual environment for children in Arizona. It suffers from lack of funds however and it would be great if it received more community involvement. Unfortunately Arizona is not very international.

- submitted by a parent
January 08, 2004
Outstanding French language/immersion program, following the French national curriculum and benefitting from the school's international community. By Kindergarten all chidren are bilingual. By 2nd grade they can all read/write in both French and English. Small school with strong and warm support from the parents, teachers and the Phoenix international community.

- submitted by a parent
September 25, 2003
French immersion school. Kids are all bilingual.

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Each day attending ISA is like going on a field trip to another country where students are exposed to other cultures and languages allowing them to become bilingual, biliterate and bicultural while receiving a strong educational foundation.

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International School of Arizona
9128 E. San Salvador Drive, Scottsdale, AZ  85258
(480) 874-2326
Last modified International School of Arizona is a Private school that serves grades PK-6
International School of Arizona Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 38 reviews. Top