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International Studies Academy2
Posted February 20, 2015
- a parent
According to the GradeEdge report gradeedge.com - International Studies Academy's High School scores a 3.7 out of 10 on Overall School Quality. Their SAT and AP test scores are terribly low and they don't offer enough high level courses or enough language and music courses when compared to other SF public high schools. To learn more about their academics and how they compare on language and music, student support, college advisors, etc, I'd suggest looking at the report created from district data on gradeedge.com.
i am an ISA alumni, graduated last year and i believe this is a great school. It reallly prepares you for college doesnt matter if your going to city college or a UC. the teachers are also great. they are really supportive and always are there for the students.
I am a senior at ISA. The school isn't overall horrible. It's more about the relationships people form here that will determine the way they feel about the school or the enviornment. The students are ethnically diverse but they choose to group up by race which definately causes a rift in the way classes bond together. The teachers definately make valid attempts to teach students up to the standards. It is now a 6-12 school which i think is ridiculous because the building is to small and the middle & high school aren't completely separated. I also think that the senior project is a big down fall because having a paper be the determinant in whether a senior can graduate or not puts a damper on the end of the year. But for the most part ISA is a pretty average school. I don't love it but I don't hate it.
I am an ISA Alumni and I have to say that I am very happy that I attended this school. Although ISA did not have all of the options of a larger school like multiple classes to choose from and a football team, it was probably the best decision of schools I could have ever asked for. Because of the small size and family atmosphere, students did not need to be afraid of being themselves and having each other help through their struggles. ISA's international focus is reflected in the students their students. The teachers always came to work with 200% to make sure that their students did their best. My list could go on forever about all of the wonderful things this school has done for me and any of my previous classmates would tell you the same.
My daughter just finished her Sophomore year at ISA. I initially was looking for a smaller school that taught Japanese. Curriculum changed-we stayed because she was happy! The principal, VP & staff are very supportive. She is now in AP & honors classes and traveling internationally. GOOD CHOICE!
I'm a student of the class of 08, I would like to say that when I first came to ISA, I wanted to leave, however the school grew on me. I came to the school due to certain circumstances that did not allow me to be accepted to any other school in San Francisco. Most of the teachers, if not all, give 110 percent. I am sadden sometimes of the lack of respect they receive from students. This however, hasn't taken a toll on their effort. ISA is a place for natural leaders. Although it may not seem like it, ISA is on its way to become one of the elite schools in San Francisco. It's small population creates a family atmosphere. In life you make choices that can lead to regrets. I can honestly say I will never regret attending school.