The International School of Arizona offers an excellent full day immersion education in either French or Spanish, while delivering a well-rounded, rigorous, academic program in Early Childhood School (from age 2 to Kindergarten), Lower School (Grades 1 to 5) and Middle School (Grades 6-8).
Students follow a challenging global curriculum based on the best American, French and Spanish standards, formulated to provide a strong educational foundation, and including the STREAM science-based program (Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Arts and Math). With ties and accreditations from the French and Spanish Ministries of Education, ISA is able to procure high quality materials and top-level, certified teaching staff to execute a strong full day language immersion program. Its international curriculum instills a deep understanding of the relationship between cultures and language around the world, offering students the opportunity to gain a global perspective. The full day language immersion format allows students to achieve native-like fluency in a second language, while they learn subject content simultaneously.
Bilingualism and Literacy in Two Languages
Sending your child to the International School of Arizona is like sending him/her to another country each day where they are immersed in another language and culture all day. ISA employs native – speaking teachers from around the world. Our students gain the advantage of obtaining early exposure to a second language in a formal setting where they can achieve native-like fluency and pronunciation. Numerous studies demonstrate that bilingual children typically surpass their monolingual peers on standardized tests in Language Arts, Math and Science. In addition, our students excel on English language tests such as the Stanford 10 and AIMS.
Preparing for a Global Future
By learning more than one language at a young age, students obtain many skills that will benefit them throughout their lives. Learning another language helps students learn about other cultures and become more sensitive and aware of differences. The ability to communicate with people in multiple languages broadens ones' confidence and aspirations to understand others. Understanding others enable success in the workplace and in life. Enhanced communication skills and the ability to collaborate well with others are valuable attributes that will contribute greatly to our students' success.
“You can never understand one language until you understand at least two”, Geoffrey Williams.