Our family had two children in the Spanish program over the past 5 years. We’ve had several outstanding teachers and experiences at ISA, but sadly the school has suffered under the current administration. We made the decision to leave in the spring of 2016. Several staff, teachers and even board members have pulled away from the school because of the climate created by the head of school.
New families will receive a lot of information about the new campus which I expect will be impressive physically. Schools, however, are about the human climate. Fundamentally, this is an unhealthy school environment from the top with poor customer service, a fixation on money (despite a broken accounting system), and mistrust between administration and teachers/staff. This is a school that is not what it once was.
My Son is finishing 1st Grade. Not only is the education fantastic but the bonus of a second language is certain to open doors in the future. The school is growing and the students and parents are eager to welcome the new campus this summer. A great school, we trust, will just get better now that it has room to expand.
It is nice to be in a community of well educated worldly people who share common values and treasure a fantastic education.
Both of my children have been at ISA for three years, and I could not be happier with the multi-language education they have received. The teachers are very dedicated, and the immersion curriculum is outstanding. My children are becoming worldly citizens who are not only well above their grade level in English reading, comprehension and math but are also curious about different cultures, exploring new things and thinking outside the box.
I have several friends who are native Spanish speakers and have their children in the public school system ( a couple at schools that offer an second language program) and every time they converse with my children, they are always blown away by their Spanish language skills. It is truly the best gift you can give your children!
My son was in another private school in Arizona since he was two and never wanted to go. When we walked into ISA for the first time to meet the teacher he was shy. By the time we left 20 minutes later he was hugging her goodbye. This attitude carried out throughout his first year at ISA. His English and Spanish skills are tremendous. He completed pre-k this May at age 4 and is reading. He loves to read and write at home and has a very strong bond with his classmates. The teachers are very dedicated to giving the children a great education as well as providing a fun and safe environment. We can't wait for kindergarten!
My child loves the International School and so do we. The children learn so much, in French or Spsnish and English. The teachers are excellent - very experienced, loving and focused on their curriculum. Classe are intentionally small. Expect a Waitlist for some classes, so start early - 3 or 4 year old. I was nervous about starting my child at 3 years old but they offer so much more than day cares or church preschools, it's been well worth it.
I've learned so much about language immersion and how children have the ability to process and learn several languages without confusion. The English teachers are also excellent and they offer STREAM, so in Kindergarten my child started do science, engineering and math projects. Very impressive.
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!
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!