The team of incredibly talented instructors brought together to instruct the students is amazing. Each instructor offers insights that foster subject learning in meaningful ways & synergistically complement other subjects.
The head of school & pedagogic director at ILA are amazing! They are incredibly responsive & attentive to each individual child's abilities & needs. They do not promote education that is applied blindly in a uniform fashion. Rather, they promote education that serves the child's particular learning style and abilities. They are remarkably committed to each pupil's overall success & to fostering learning in the fullest sense of the word. This passion for providing an education that extends far beyond rote memorization and task orientation exceeds what is found in even the best of public school systems in the United States & the approach of the directors is reflected in the daily instruction provided to all children, from the toddler classroom to the upper elementary grades. The commitment to the children is unparalleled & the expansive curriculum that explores experientially and didactically well beyond the traditional reading, writing and arithmetic is a model to be emulated.
ILA has a lot of variety in what they provide in their curriculum. It is so much more than being able to learn a foreign language--they educate children in the French way, which is structured and rigorous when it should be but manages to foster curiosity and creativity. It's a small community that really caters to individual needs and fosters openness with parents. The teachers come from France and are fabulous.
The only reason for 4 stars is the outdoor space is small, which is more relevant as kids get older and bigger.
Unmatched teacher dedication. Our child went from never hearing french to being basically fluent in a year. Plus a commitment to the arts that you just don't get elsewhere. It's a small school, and has some growing pains, but there's nothing close to the value of this school. Great before school and after school options too.
This private school goes from pre-K to Grade 5, and is a French immersion program. I've been happy with my son's pre-K teacher. She is a very patient teacher, and is a great educator, and comes up with interesting lesson plans. There are low teacher/student ratios so the kids get a lot of individual attention. They also have good emphasis on non-academic subjects, which I like, with many field trips, and special weeks where they deep dive into a certain topic.
My girls have attended ILA for a year and a half and have graduated to the Kindergarten program ahead of schedule. They are thriving at ILA. The curriculum is much more than learning French. They are excelling at Math, English, writing and socialization. The ILA staff is what makes the difference. They are dedicated and devoted to the children under their care. I would highly recommend that you consider your children for attendance at ILA.
The International Leadership Academy, serving preschool through 5th grade, is a truly excellent French immersion school that also features Spanish. The directors lead with strong vision and a firm and loving hand, yielding students with great respect and character, and who are highly skilled and highly thoughtful in languages, math, science, technology, history, philosophy, physical activity, theatre, music and the arts. Monsieur Massene, in line with his Senegalese griot tradition, tells fabulous stories to the children, evoking the imagination and prompting their awareness and responsibilities as growing little people. Themes, whether seasonal, cultural, ecological or academic, are woven thoroughly and beautifully throughout each grade level and subject, showcasing the masterful planning of Patricia, the pedagogical director. Individual attention to each child and how each one can progress beyond what is expected happens each and every day at ILA. Finally, the sense of a welcoming and inclusive French-speaking and francophone community is very strong, which can be seen by how the grandparents interact with us parents- they are loved, appreciated and welcomed ! We love ILA!