IST not only has a wonderfully talented and qualified group of instructors, but also has a curriculum designed for students to immerse into a different language and begin learning it in a short time period. My children are proof of this, they are now tri/multi-lingual.
My son loves learning at IST. Students experience a very well-rounded curriculum in addition to Spanish, French, or German language immersion. The IST community - staff/teachers, students, families - creates a wonderful environment to grow.
International School of Tucson is a fantastic school!!! My grandsons are fluent in French! We love all the great teachers, parents and students who make up the IST community
IST is an amazing place to learn! They teach immersion programs in Spanish, French and German. Most of the teachers are native speakers and some even travel to Tucson just to teach at our school. The curriculum is advanced and the student/ teacher ratio is very low. Our kids have fun every day incorporating music, singing, art and sports into their week!
It's a great school! Outstanding faculty, outstanding families, outstanding program. Go IST!
We have been here several years now and each year decide, despite at least one annual egregious mismanagement by administration of some important situation or other, to give it another chance. They do seem to be slowly but surely learning from mistakes and things do seem to run more smoothly as time goes on. Once a problem has happened and been badly handled and roundly criticized, a policy does generally appear the following year meant clearly to prevent or manage any recurrence. The learning curve is a little steep on this, but it is a new school so things are still being put into place. The administration do try to be approachable and spend quite a bit of time schmoozing with parents especially those most in a position to help the school in some way. Despite these realities we have been happy enough to stay this long.
In general the teacher are doing a great job under this circumstances. But unfortunately it seems as if there is a big mismanagement. Where does all the money we pay go to? Obviously not to the children: there`s much to less space for all the children. 2 different classes have to share one little classroom. It was planned to built another building. But the work on that did not start yet. The most frustrating point about that, is that parents didn`t get informed about this fact. They even didn t get informed that a teacher is not here yet. Communication doesn`t work at all! I think parents should know in advance how things will be at the new school year (before they sign the contract). I feel that the director is not a honest man in this point!
I wonder how other parents are so satisfied with that school. I`m just disappointed. The rooms are dirty, there s no structure, it is so chaotic and everything is off the wall. As long as you are not critical everything seems to be fine. If you complain about things you will feel not welcome anymore and your issues will not be discussed. It`s a really bad management.
We have two children attending IST (pre-school and 1st grade) and we couldn't be happier. The teachers are outstanding, and the parental involvement is exceptional. IST is the perfect school for active, creative, curious children.
This is a great school. The teachers are extraordinary and there is a wonderful sense of community. I think it's the best option for preschool near downtown, and as the school develops more (it's still fairly new) I believe it could become the best option for older children as well.
We have just enrolled our children here. We were at another school nearby but left because of the lack of academics. So far, we are very pleased with IST. Our children very quickly learned letters, numbers, shapes in French and keep asking us for the words in English because of the excitement for learning IST is giving them. The program could probably be called structured play, unlike the unstructured play in every school we looked at. The play is appealing to children. the structure gets them to learn. So far, we could not be happier (and it is a refreshing change to be with educated, international parents).
I have just read the most recent review and do not in the least agree with this opinion about the Director . This sounds like a sour parent who has a personal issue with the Director. My opinion is that the Director has high standards and expectations for the school and believes IST's program is the best in Tucson, and I agree. He has an amazing vision for the school, and with the school's wonderful teacher and parent support, he has been able to grow the school from 5 students to almost 100 in just under 3 years. My experience with two other excellent international schools confirms that this Director has brought IST to similar excellence; Tucson should be proud!
This is our second year at IST and we love it. The program is great, the teachers are fantastic, the only thing that is not outstanding are the buildings but the school is downtown and is doing a good job with the facilities which it does have. There is a strong and active parent association. The directors are very approachable and seem to be available 24/7. Fees are quite low for the quality of the program and compared to other schools in Tucson and payment plans are available. We love IST, although it is an international school, with international standards and it is a school not a 'play program' (not for everyone).
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