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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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
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.
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.
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.
This school has a great concept, but no one knows what they are doing or how to run a school. Kids are not fluent, unless they already spoke the foreign language prior to entering the school. And, their English and reading skills are not taught very well. The administration and "English" teachers are just not qualified. Run, don't walk and find a good school. Do not put your kids behind from the beginning.
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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