This is our 4th year at ISA. We recommend ISA because it is one of a kind and has been wonderful for our family. Our daughter has grown so much at this unique school. She has been fortunate enough to study both Spanish and French at ISA. She was reading in English at age 4, and we have not had concerns about her development academically. She uses her Spanish outside of school and on trips to Spanish-speaking countries. She enjoys learning about different cultures.
Teachers come from all over the world to work at ISA. The curriculum is based on French, Spanish and American systems. The school is not for everyone, and some parents demand no growing pains in a school that continues to grow and move forward. Visit the campus, sit in on a class, and talk to parents of current students. This is exactly how my family made our choice 5 years ago. You will know if ISA and the ISA community are the right fit for your child and family. Best of luck!
The teachers at ISA are the most important part of this school. They are top teachers from around the world. They are what makes this school one of a kind in Arizona. They are extremely hard working and devoted to teaching the children at ISA how to read, write and speak in a foreign language. The kids love this challenge.
Students begin receiving some homework in the first grade. It is about 10 - 15 minutes in length. The amount increases yearly. There is homework help after school M-F to assist students in their target language. Reading at home alone and with parents daily is strongly encouraged.
Because the school is small, teachers and staff have a close relationship with the student population. They are able to work closely with students to help guide them in developing healthy relationships with their peers, as well as increase self-esteem. Students support one another in a positive and non-competitive atmosphere. Honesty and integrity are values the school supports 100%!
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.