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.
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.
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This is my children's fourth year at ISA and I'm extremely impressed with the education they are receiving. The attention from the teachers and staff is exemplary and contributes to their positive outlook about school in general. Of course, one of the best rewards is knowing they are prepared for international studies in language and social skills.
- Katie Maatta, Mother of Kindergarten and 2nd Grade French Track Students
I know that I couldn't have made a better decision. My children look forward to drop off at school and grin from ear to ear and scramble out of the car because of the loving attention they get from their maestras. They learn in so many different ways! Spanish books & songs, and the native Spanish speaking teachers show them the way it's really spoken, not how it is in a textbook. They're also exposed to different accents, including Central and South America as well as Spain. My children are truly being taught to be citizens of the world BY citizens of the world at this wonderful school and I couldn't be more thankful!
- Gina Berman, Mother of Spanish Section B and Pre-K Students
I have a 4 year old in the French program and a 5 year old in the Spanish program and after only a few months at ISA they're coming home singing songs and teaching each other words in the others' "school" language. They are excited to share with each other what they are learning in school. We have bought maps and the kids are so excited to see which country speaks Spanish or French. It is exciting as a parent to see your child want to learn about different people all over the world! We love seeing a variety of students with different backgrounds and nationalities. Our boys are experiencing diversity every day in their classrooms. You just can't get that in other schools.
- Amy Hoekstra, Mother of French Section B and Spanish Pre-K Students
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