I have 2 daughters that attend ISM. They love it there. The music and the art programs are amazing. I have never seen so many young people in one place that are so very talented in either art or music. The school has d decent extended day program. Your child can take music lessons through the school, which is really nice. Most of the children there are respectful and kind to each other, it really is like an extended family for the kids.
My child was at ISM for 3 years . Every year I had struggled with idea of moving to a diffrent school. I felt that ISM had more to offer (or I was lead to believe.) for gifted children and will be Challenged enough. However since the begining, it had been a struggle to keep my child interested in school. I feel they really live upto ' NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND' Moto at cost of Children who are advanced. No accomodations were made, nothing done to keep them intersted or challenged. It was to the point where my child was feeling bored. Talking to school and teachers was USELESS. They kept passing the buck, saying it will change in higher grades, but Eventually I was told no accelrated/ advanced levels were available till Middle School and that is not an option. (so basically Shut up). My child is no longer there.
This school offers a breadth of opportunities not often seen in public or private schools. The environment created is supportive and friendly, with teachers who take an active interest in their students' activities and performance.
I am a middle school student at the International School and I think it is amazing. The curriculum is outstanding. I, as a student, admire the secondary language. All year round, your student will be learning either French or Spanish as a period of the day. I have been taking French for 8 years and it is simply wonderful. My parents are amazed to hear me speak fluently in French with my neighbors. Academic wise, this school will give your child personal attention. This school is for college prep. I strongly and highly recommend this school for your child. It is amazing. Lauren Lindahl.
I have changed many schools trying to find the best one.. With International school of Minnesota, I think I found what I was looking for, where children are getting the best education, personalized attention, and are happy. I hear often parents complaining that their kids don't want to leave the school when they come to pick them up (this is true and I am witnessing it every day). Afsana Motameni
My kids love going to ISM. They are receiving a superb education as well as building social skills, self-esteem and self confidence. The foreign language program gives them a wonderful global perspective.
ISM offers a strong traditional academic program in addition to strict discipline guidelines that creates a true learning environment. The high standards have taught my child the importance of hardwork and respect in addition to academic excellence which will stay with her lifelong in whichever field she chooses. What I like most about this school is the small community atmosphere where each administrator or teacher is easily approachable and work with each parent to make the school a valued learning environment for their child. Additionally, despite being a private school, it attracts families who truly value education and not just the affordability/status factor. The academics are combined with regular exposure to other activities and extra-curriculars that helps the children appreciate the arts and school team spirits.
My son has been at the school for 8 years, and is still loving it. The quality of academic programs is exemplary. The students are constantly tested and retested so no child is left behind, nor allowed to sit quietly in the back of the class while the education and knowledge slips woefully over their head. The system does not allow a child to progress to the next grade, unless they have fully mastered the necessary skills. The sports programs are adequate, and if sports ranks high on your requirements for your child's education, then this wouldn't be the school for you. Music, art, and extracurricular activites are excellent and stimulating. Parental involvement is modest (which is a good thing, as there's nothing worse than over-zealous, outspoken parents)
My child is in her eighth year at ISM. She has been in both the Early Childhood Education grades and the lower school (1-5 grades). The excellent teachers have always been there for both my child and the parents and have been very easy to work with in resolving a variety of situations, whether they are academic or otherwise. We feel that our daughter is getting an excellent education and has had the opportunity to help other students who may need a little extra help. In that respect, I have to say that there is a definite support system in place that helps those kids who may need a little extra help to understand the previous week's lessons. Our daughter is enrolled at ISM because of their strong academic background. Children can get very involved in sports and have a great time, however the school is not an athletic powerhouse.
We are very impressed with the international school. First of all the academic level is high. A lot of attention for every individual student and his or her needs. The possiblity to grow acadamically is without limits, so many different levels in every subject. For such a 'small' school the sportsprogram is well developped and continues to grow with after school sports and leagues. This is definitely a school in motion , continiously looking for ways to improve. As a parent I feel I'm taken serious when I have questions or suggestions. The testing might seem heavy at first but our daughter got used to it really fast. It does give the student, teachers and parents a clear view of possible problems in understanding the work. Our child is very happy at this school.
Leadership and teachers do not treat children with executive function disorders or depression properly. No IEP programs. School is superior for heavy testing, homework, and substantial curriculum. Solid test-taking skills learned. No outside programs similar to public or larger private schools. Gifted children need to be given more material, and more programs if children are behind need to be in place. If children don't fit in, no effort is made by the leaders other than to blame the child for not fitting in.
The International School was not impressive to me as a teacher because I felt it failed to provide a well rounded education. Math, language, and reading were done very well, but the other parts of becoming a well rounded adult seemed lacking. Examples of departments that were lacking if not ignored all together were physical education, home skills, and music! For a school that is so much into math, I would have thought that the connection between music and math would have been made and fostered.
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