My son started Kindergarten at ISL a month before the city was hit by Katrina. After the storm, ISL was the first public school, previously open in New Orleans, to reopen. The dedication of the administration and staff to the children is unmatched. The school had to reopen temporarily in Kenner, but remains committed to returning to New Orleans. Even with all of the Post Storm obstacles, ISL has kept their focus on providing a unique education to the children. My son is thriving ang is speaking Spanish well already. I was impressed that when he showed an interest in reading Spanish his teacher allowed him to begin learning to read without any pressure to do so. The parents are involved and committed. Involvement is encouraged. Parents truly treasure this school. The extracurriculars are great. My son is involved in Yoga, Soccer, and Circus Art. He is very happy at ISL!
My daughter has been with ISL since it's inception. She is fluent in French and can read and write in her target language. In addition, her level of English language instruction is above her current grade level. In addition to accademics, there is an arts and sports curriculum, clubs and after school activities. The luncheon program serves a very well balanced meal with no junk foods. The staff are all loveing and caring. This is a unique and wonderful school within Louisiana offering a free education.
My husband and I were initially somewhat apprehensive about enrolling our child in an immersion based program. While we wanted the benefits associated with learning a second language, we were uncertain as to how English literacy skills could be affected. However, within only a few short months, we were delighted to learn that our child's literacy skills had progressed to a level of high excellence in both French and English. In addition to the satisfaction we feel with our child's progress, we are equally pleased with the level of parental involvement and the overall uniqueness of the school. We now appreciate and understand the significance behind language immersion education and are happy that our child will benefit tremendously from it--now and for many years into the future!
My daughter is in 3rd grade at ISL. We love it! She is truly thinking and learning in another language. The staff at ISL is exceptional. They are dedicated to the mission and spirit of this unique school. Parent involvement has been crucial to the success of ISL. The FTCO(Family, Teacher and Community Organization) is making great strides on behalf of ISL. Check out the website, isl-edu.org
My son attends ISL and my daughter will attend this upcoming school year. We all love it! This is a very diverse school and the kids are really learning to speak in their target languages! I can't believe how much my son has grown since starting at this school. If you are looking for dedicated teachers and an exceptional staff at a school that has excellent parental involvement, this is the school for you and your kids.
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