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International Spanish Language Academy

Charter | K-6 | 255 students

ISLA

 
 

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2012:
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Posted April 8, 2014

We are so fortunate to have found ISLA for our child. The staff are dedicated and committed to enriching our children's lives. The IB program helps instill the values we want to see him take with him in life. The Spanish immersion is superior to many other immersion programs, because our specialists (art, phy ed, music) and even our extra-curriculars are all in the target language. We also especially enjoy that the school brings Amity interns to live in host families and help in classrooms. They enrich our community with their unique culture and accents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 7, 2014

Isla is an awesome community. I love the small class sizes and the teachers are amazing. I highly recommend ISLA, it gives my students another first language not a second one.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 7, 2014

ISLA is a fantastic school. Great teachers and curriculum! Very impressed with entire experience, they deliver on their promises. Children flourish here from Spanish to Math to personal accountability. Highly recommended.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 7, 2014

As a substitute teacher I have seen many classrooms and many students. I have consistently been impressed by the organization, knowledge and caring within this school. Classes are capped at 25 students, two classes of each grade level. This small school size makes it possible for every staff member to know every student as an individual and know if they are struggling, I am also extremely impressed with the IB program. There are getting to be more and more schools gaining the label of 'International Baccalaureate' but not all school are able to implement it as well as ISLA,
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 7, 2014

ISLA is an amazing IB Spanish Immersion school! It has taught my daughter to be a world thinker and understand her role in the world. ISLA has challenged her academically and enriched her life through a top notch music program. I am thrilled at the person my daughter is growing into and I believe that it is due in part to the amazing teachers and the learning environment at ISLA!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 27, 2013

IB and Spanish Immersions - What more could you want! An excellent school and staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 30, 2013

As an employee and parent in the school I can't think of a better place to work and have my children. ISLA is a wonderful school. Having twenty years of experience I have seen and worked in all kinds of schools. At ISLA teachers and staff are extremely dedicated. ISLA is a small independent public school. I attended a private IB World School and I believe that children at ISLA receive a private school education for free. Instilling in youth the concept of being global citizens of the world is a part of our mission. We believe in knowing children individually and providing the education that each one of them needs. The school community is welcoming and understands that it takes collaboration from everybody for a successful experience. We all work together to raise amazing children. Visit us online or come for a tour, you will love the school community!


Posted April 20, 2013

ISLA has been an amazing school for our daughter. We love the small community (around 250 total families) and small class sizes. In addition to the amazing Spanish education that our daughter is receiving, we have been thrilled with the International Baccalaureate (IB) program. We knew nothing about IB before beginning and we have been blown away by the character development that happens alongside learning because of IB. The administration at ISLA is very knowledgeable, friendly, and extremely dedicated to the children. Because of the small community, each child is able to receive much individual attention, which is also a plus. We could say so much about ISLA. It is fabulous.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 26, 2013

I am very satisfied w/the education my daughter is receiving at this school. We've had mostly positive experiences although I wish our teacher gave more challenging homework...as it only takes her seconds to complete. Most of her teachers have been really good.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 29, 2012

I am a parent and had my children there for several years. I finally decided to transfer when bullying in the classroom and on the playground couldn't be successfully controlled. Teachers were frequently excessively excessively harsh in speaking to the children an poor behavioral role models. When speaking with the vice principal she felt it was okay for the kids to be afraid of her. After several years I realized this was not the school for us.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 18, 2012

We have a 5th grader at ISLA and have been very happy with the programming, the staff and the administration. It's an all day Spanish Immersion, compared to the half-day immersion offered at nearby schools, which was important to us.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 2, 2009

Combining the Primary Years Programme (IB program for elementary school) with Spanish Immersion, this school opens up the world for the students. My son is entering his 3rd year here, and this school is fantastic. Since it has focused on IB and Spanish Immersion from the beginning, the teachers and staff are dedicated to both. Plus, it will remain a small school - capping classes at 25, and offering just 2 sections per grade.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.
Math

The state average for Math was 83% in 2010.

19 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
95%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2012.

36 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
79%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 77% in 2010.

18 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
94%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2012.

21 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
94%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2010.

10 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
90%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2012.

18 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
100%
Science

The state average for Science was 46% in 2011.

18 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
45%

2010

 
 
50%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2010.

2010

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 76% in 2012.

13 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Reading

All Students89%
Female100%
Male80%
Blackn/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White90%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities91%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English89%
Not migrant89%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Reading

All Students86%
Female82%
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White93%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities84%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English86%
Not migrant86%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Reading

All Students89%
Femalen/a
Male80%
Blackn/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White91%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities88%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English89%
Not migrant89%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Reading

All Students100%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Hispanicn/a
White100%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English100%
Not migrant100%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

40 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
56%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2013.

40 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 71% in 2013.

33 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
84%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 54% in 2013.

33 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 60% in 2013.

20 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
83%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 64% in 2013.

20 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%
Science

The state average for Science was 60% in 2013.

20 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
56%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 57% in 2013.

17 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

16 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

All Students83%
Female81%
Male83%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic64%
Native Americann/a
White89%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities83%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English83%
Not migrant83%

Reading

All Students50%
Female56%
Male46%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic27%
Native Americann/a
White63%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged56%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities49%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English50%
Not migrant50%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

All Students88%
Female94%
Male82%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White90%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities93%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English88%
Not migrant88%

Reading

All Students76%
Female81%
Male71%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White72%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities75%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English76%
Not migrant76%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

All Students85%
Female80%
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White93%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities83%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English85%
Not migrant85%

Reading

All Students85%
Female87%
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White93%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities89%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English85%
Not migrant85%

Science

All Students75%
Female67%
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White80%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities78%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English75%
Not migrant75%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

All Students65%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White75%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged64%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities60%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English65%
Not migrant65%

Reading

All Students56%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White73%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged69%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities57%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English56%
Eligible for migrant servicesn/a
Not migrant56%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 70% 73%
Hispanic 22% 7%
Two or more races 5% 2%
Black 3% 9%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 2%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 6%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 6%N/A37%
Female 52%N/A49%
Male 48%N/A51%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Italian
Spanish
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Music
  • Band

Language learning

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Foreign languages
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered
  • Spanish
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Italian
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • International Baccalaureate (IB)
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School basics

School start time
  • 9:00 am
School end time
  • 3:30 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:00 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Karen Terhaar
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (952) 746-6023

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • International Baccalaureate (IB)
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Foreign languages
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • Spanish
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Italian
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
  • Within district 270 boudaries
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Computer lab
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
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Sports

Boys sports
  • None
Girls sports
  • None

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • None
Music
  • Band
Performing arts
  • None
Media arts
  • None
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5959 Shady Oak Rd.
Minnetonka, MN 55343
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Phone: (952) 746-6020

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