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International Studies Charter High School

Charter | 9-12 | 402 students

 

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Posted September 25, 2014

My school is ranked the best public/charter highschool in the state of Florida. This is something that does not impress me. The learning environment is amazing and we have the opportunity to be part of the spanish, french, or italian program. Our FCAT and EOC scores are very high in comparison to other schools' and really good just in general, especially the math scores since we have a lot of foreign students which is why the reading scores might not be as good. Another great thing is the number of students and teachers. We basically all know each other and are like a big family and since we are so diverse at a cultural and ethnic level we can all learn and experience new things and meet new cultures. We might not have a big campus, cheerleaders, and be the ideal american dream high school but when you're here you forget about all that :-)
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 6, 2014

If you want total international learning with high quality teachers thi is the only school in Miami. Full Frech Bac and Spanish and Italiand high school testing It gets the best rating from me and all testing scores.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 6, 2014

The size of an School is not the grade to judge of a school. It is the quality of FCAT , AP test and International Bac graduation Rate. If your kid comes from a private school beware this is not a joke prepaid grade system; it has to be ready to compete. Miami is a multilingual melting pot and this school is the only option for real International French Bac or Spanish Bac in Miami. Plus your kids can mix clases in all languages ; Spanish; French and Italian. French Bac graduates can go to France and Canada with the best Diploma they can get in Miami and extra credits to all US Universities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 14, 2013

ISCH is a wonderful school. It has a Middle school as well as the High school with a total student body of less than 700 students. Since the school is small, everyone tends to know each other. The teachers are great! With languages such as French, Italian and Spanish, the students WILL learn a second language for FREE. Top school in the nation as well as in the state of Florida, I can only commend the Principal and staff for having a hands on approach to this wonderful school. Security is great and no wonder this school is an A+. The students that graduate from here will most likely ( over 90%) will continue to the university. Thank you for challenging my child and being a top school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 15, 2013

ISCHS - BEST SCHOOL IN SOUTH FLORIDA ? YES IT IS. some kids want oppurtunitys in this school , to try to get an amazing education and an amazing scholarship . PARENTS SHOULD'NT COMPLAIN. the students are well mannered , the teachers are amazing and especially the principal . he can get on your nerves , but he's just there to teach you and he doesnt want you to do bad in school he just wants you to do your best on you're exams . the school is small so what atleast it has less than 500 students. you have better chances of getting A's and B's in the class if there are less students in the class , and you can also concentrate more. Im writting this because i love ischs and it was ranked the 7th best school in south florida and its a language school . ischs is just the best of the BEST !
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 1, 2012

This school is an absolute joke. It does not live up to the expectations I had. The students at this school are a very bad influence and have no respect or manners whatsoever. The principal is incredibly rude with the students, he screams in their faces, curses at them, tries to throw things at them. The staff at the school is very close-minded and do not help any students who are being harassed because of their sexuality. This school supposedly will have you fluent in a language in 3 years, I have yet to learn one correct form of french because of the delay of teachers arriving from europe. My child was left without a teacher for half of the year in their french class, and hasn't learned one thing. The Physical Education teacher is incredibly rude to the younger students, not to mention the fact that the P.E. is in a parking lot and there is no shade whatsoever. This school is a joke and I DO NOT RECOMMEND YOU SENDING YOUR CHILD HERE. My child is being taken out because of the horrible years they've spent here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 11, 2012

I must say that it is sad that parents judge the school for the size of the halls and that the classes are tiny unlike other overcrowded schools, what a privilege! They should concentrate their critical efforts to enumerate the leadership from its principal and staff, the academics, accomplishments, national recognitions and so many other merits ISCHS has so far been able to achieve. The teachers are very qualified, dedicated individuals solely compromised to raising the bar for each student and very concerned for the future of the student body. My son graduated from ISCHS, when he attended the school, we were taking a risk and if I have to do it again, I would not hesitate it a bit. He went to the Honors College at MDC and now he is at UF. The great memories will last a lifetime, the education he received priceless.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 30, 2011

One word: deplorable This school is by far the most deplorable one throughout Florida... Not spending good time time, school is tiny, hallways are narrow, classes are so small. Most of the professors are not qualified to teach their class... Avoid ISCHS.


Posted January 24, 2011

I'm super happy with the school, keep students aware of their responsibility as exemplary students, maintaining a level of excellence. The principal is very good he is aware of your students in general, without neglecting any detail, developed further activities to keep children motivated to supporting them in their sports and all they do. .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 18, 2010

My child currently attends this school and I am extremely happy with it. My child comes home happy everyday and he loves his teachers and classmates. I truely believe this is an excellent school for anyone who is looking for a small, private school like environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 13, 2010

For it's personalized attention to each student, for their languages specialization and for its diversity.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 11, 2009

My child is a student @ ISCHS. I don't like the school at all. This is her first time at this school and I am very dissapointed. She comes from a private schools and next year she is going back to her old school. I made a bad choice sending my daughter to this school and the secretary is not professional at all
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 2, 2009

I am a student here and I love it. The teachers are really nice and helpful. And the principal really cares about us. I love my school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 19, 2009

I have had the oportunity to compare ISCHS with another schools not only in the area but in the district. I am very happy with this school. My daugther is happy, too. Most importantly, she is learning about other cultures from her classmates.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 13, 2009

I would rate this school as OK but not great academically. The good points are the small class size & the small size of the overall school. The language courses are also very good & allow for students to go to college in Europe. The negatives are thre lack of electives, extracurricular activities & the organization in the office. The website is seldom updated & the school secretary can come across as rude. I think the administration is honestly trying. I do not know if adding a middle school is such a great idea before the have the high school totally organized.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 2, 2009

This school year was my child's first year in a public school. I was a bit apprehensive about sending her to public school, but International Studies far exceeded my expectations. The classes were small, most of the teachers were outstanding, and my child is very happy at the school. I would recommend it for anyone who is seeking a private school environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2008

My child has been in the school for three years and I could not be happier. The class sizes are small, the teachers are exceptional, and the education my son has received is above average. I am very happy with all that ISCH has to offer
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 15, 2008

Although the school is very small, it is a very good place to make friends and synchronize with the teachers. The principal is a good guy that sometimes seems like a pain in the butt, but he's not. The courses are very good, and the environment is safe and tidy. You get to experience with people from different ethnicities, which is a good start to a great career due to that you have experienced with other cultures.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 11, 2008

Ischs is a great school.The principal is a wonderful leader.Yeah it's pretty much a really small school.Teachers really are devoted to teaching.Students come to study and have chances of learning more than in a regular high school environment.I started off my freshmen year with all honors.I really do recommend this school for you and your child.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 8, 2008

Regardless of its awkward location and miniscule population, ISCHS has proven to be exactly the type of educational facility I have been hunting for. It has provided me with ample knowledge regarding my education and even more so, the establishment of my individuality. Being my first year, the exceptional teachers forced my brain to spark and even helped disinter a talent and passion for writing I never knew I possessed! Not to mention the complete cultural immersion each student experiences with the individual programs. Spanish,French, or Italian, each program offers the kind of experience no other institution can possibly offer! ISCHS is a family, and you or your child, are always welcome!
—Submitted by a student


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Reading

The state average for Reading was 53% in 2014.

106 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
78%

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
55%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Reading

The state average for Reading was 55% in 2014.

92 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
75%

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
86%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 64% in 2014.

93 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
83%

2013

 
 
92%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Writing

The state average for Writing was 84% in 2012.

107 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
95%
Scale: % scoring at or above level 3

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) to test students in grades 4, 8 and 10 in writing. The Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills needed to progress through school. The FCAT writing exam is scored on a scale of 1 to 6. The state considers a score of 3 or above as meeting state standards.

Source: Florida Department of Education

  • In 2011-2012, this school received a grade of "A".
  • In 2010-2011, this school received a grade of "A".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "A".
  • In 2008-2009, this school received a grade of "A".

About the tests


Florida uses School Grades to measure the overall performance of a school each year on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT). Each school is assigned a letter grade (A-F) based on three criteria: the overall performance on the FCAT, the percentage of eligible students who took the test, and whether or not students made progress in reading and math. The School Grades are calculated by adding points earned from each of the performance criteria listed above.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 66% in 2014.

47 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
81%

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
67%
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 68% in 2014.

119 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
81%

2013

 
 
69%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2014.

97 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
92%

2013

 
 
80%
U.S. History

The state average for U.S. History was 65% in 2014.

94 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
87%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the End-of-Course Assessments (EOC) to test students in Algebra 1, Biology 1, U.S. History, and Geometry. The EOC is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The Algebra 1 EOC has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
Hispanic 71%
White 27%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Male 49%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 61%N/AN/A
Female 51%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Attendance and completion

  This school District averageState average
Dropout rate 2%N/A2%
Graduation rate 90%N/A74%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 39%58%61%
Master's degree 48%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 13%2%1%
Other degree 0%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 25%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Tutor(s)
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Arts & music

Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Poetry

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Italian
  • Spanish
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • MR. VICTORIANO RODRIGUEZ
Fax number
  • (305) 643-2956

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Italian
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Tutor(s)
Transportation options
  • Accessible via public transportation
School facilities
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Cafeteria
  • Internet access
  • Learning lab
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Flag football
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Flag football
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Poetry
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School culture

Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Organize cultural events
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2480 Southwest 8th Street
Miami, FL 33135
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Phone: (305) 643-2955

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