The focus here is learning. Period. Every penny of every dollar is spent on enriching the child's learning environment and opportunities. I have long wished that all schools and universities spent less money on grounds-keeping, signage, administrator furniture and the like. If you're looking for superficial expression of success, then look all around you. If you believe a mentally stimulating and academically challenging environment & curriculum are the absolute most important thing (assuming the basics are covered obviously--safety, etc.), this is the school for you. Your child will grow, ask more insightful questions and learn for learning's sake at this school. Having your child speak/read/write 3 to 4 languages is a bonus.
The administration and teachers at CoIS are brilliant. It's true that some of the parents just can't keep up, or sometimes get their feelings hurt! Fortunately, the children thrive on being held to high standards. What's more, the school is small because the student body is tightly controlled for potential to do well-- My child, for example had the highest gifted and talented score in the Adams 12 school district (that;s 40,000 students) -- these are the best of the best and I'm happy that the administration keeps it this way. The other students are fascinating, talented and yes, some are affluent; but our family is very ordinary.
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Higher ED, International Baccalaureate, and Immersion are not just words at CoIS. They are infused (aggressively) into every lesson. When multiple teachers are present, my child speaks to them in French, English and Mandarin without pausing. He is on track to do well on college entrance exams after 8th grade-- in several languages. The school boasts at least 2 students who achieved perfect scores on the ACT and I want my child to be in such good company. CoIS does not do anything halfway: The Austrian Consulate visited the students for the recent Austrian Tea Party-- Yesterday a famous composer took interview questions from the student newspaper--- no one tells you its going to be like this when you sign up-- They just say "We expect alot of you".
My child is flourishing and ,..I'm just so grateful. This is a life-changing opportunity.
I have a very positive comment for this school. With small groups kids are able to get the main thing to me which is "languages" with warm native teachers . I love the fact that there is not bulling at all. A bit concern about administration but we'll,,, there is not such a perfect school.
COIS is great school . My daugther go to the school , and i cannot describe in words the excellent educations she is receiving. She is in the mandarin program and she loves to go school so much that she did cry for summer holiday.
I agree wholeheartedly with the parent comments dated September 22, 2012. Good concept. Childrens' welfare should be the No, 1 priority. However,there are problems with unfairness, favortism, bullying. Standards are not the same for everyone. No one to go to with concerns. So sad, when our children are so important to us. s
Our daughter, 3 years old, started at COIS last summer in the Mandarin program. We have had a great experience over the last six months at the school. Her teacher is warm, caring and loving. She can already count to ten in three languages. Learning occurs thru play, singing, interaction and teaching - it has captivated her interest very much and she is very proud of learning another language. Finally, it would not be possible to expose her to languages and cultures without an institution like COIS. As with most things, there are some areas that could improve - however, we are very happy at the school and would highly recommend it.
As a parent, I am beyond disappointed in this school. The administration is absolutely horrible to deal with! Arbitrary decisions are frequently administered, regardless of previous discussions/arrangements. Professionalism at all levels is lacking, as well as nurturing and supporting leadership. Yes, the classes are small, however, prospective parents should question this very carefully. The classes are small because the school is not able to retain their students, especially in languages other in German (please note that this school is the only school in Colorado, to date, that offers German language immersion so these parents/students have no other school options). The' upper' level classes are mixed aged classes because there are not enough students in one particular age group to fill them. For example, you can have a kindergartner and second grader in a class together. Prospective parents should seriously question why there are very few students returning year to year.
My song, 4 yers old, just started in the Mandarin program. He LOVES his teacher and within 1 week of his first day, he is singing songs, counting and speaking short phrases in Chinese. His desire to learn has been piqued, and he asks how to say different words in Chinese almost daily! I am so excited to see how his interest to learn other cultures grows in the midst of such a caring environment.
Colorado International School is a small school with small classes (6-8 children per class at elementary level) where you can get to know other parents easily and where children get individualized attention. This contrasts sharply with the 25-30 students per classroom model of public language immersion schools. COIS is a language immersion school where children do not just learn foreign languages as a separate subject, but also use them as a medium in other subjects such as math, science, history, etc. This means they are actually experiencing multilingual learning. Finally, it is the only school in the entire state of Colorado that offers German language immersion for children in K-8 on a full-time basis. I'm very happy with the education my 2 children are getting in the German program at COIS. In fact, this program is absolutely integral to them maintaining their German, not just in terms of spoken German, but in terms of reading and writing German as well.
My children attend CoIS, and I am thrilled with the education that they are receiving. The teachers are fantastic! They work hard to give each child individual attention, giving the students the chance to learn at their own pace. Because of this individual attention, most children there are doing work above their grade level. The kids are exposed to different languages and cultures daily, which is so valuable as everything is becoming so global. Because of the small size of the school, the kids are learning valuable social skills of how to get along with the same people daily. Their class is more like a family than a classroom. The new Head of School is wonderful! Her dedication to the school and her vision for the school's future is exciting!