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Opening Doors to Success in a Constantly Changing World

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Our Mission

For 25 years, ISA has been “boutique” enough to offer personalized attention to students, with a family focused environment; yet “large” enough to offer a wide variety of options for the whole development of each student. ISA has continued to change the lives of children by offering world class academics and full language immersion. ISA develops exceptionalism in students who have proven track records as they move to the next stage beyond ISA. Most of our students exceed their monolingual peers by the end of third grade as they are reading, writing, and speaking in their native language and in their track language (Spanish or French).

In fourth grade, students are introduced to the third language with a high probability of conversational fluency by the time they end eighth grade. ISA’s three guiding principles develop what we call “A Portrait of a Graduate”, six stellar characteristics ISA students exemplify, which starts in Early School, continues in Lower School, and results manifest in full in the students in Middle School. 

  • Guiding Principles
    Develop Active Citizens of the World Foster Multilingualism Support & Instill A Desire for Academic Excellence
  • Portrait Of A Graduate Characteristics
    Curious Problem Solver Compassionate Communicator Inspirational Leader Advocate of Self and Others Powerful, Ambitious, Balanced Citizen Of The World
  • Accreditations
    AEFE of France Instituto Cervantes of Spain International Spanish Academy Network Cognia
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Early School

Starting the path of bilingual fluency from 18 months to 5 years old.

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Lower School

Developing knowledge and skills in two languages from Grade 1 to Grade 5.

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Middle School

A robust, rigorous, bilingual academic environment for Grades 6-8.



Explore our accredited French, Spanish, and International programs starting at 18 months to Grade 8.
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ISA Vision Statement

We believe global understanding starts here.

We encourage and develop global citizens to have the drive, capacity, and skills to positively impact the world. 

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 Develop Active Citizens of the World

 We develop internationally minded citizens of the local and global community who actively make the world a better place. 

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 Foster Multilingualism

 We create supportive environments that allow our students to harness the power of languages to enhance their problem-solving skills, increase communication abilities, and see the world through the eyes and hearts of others. 

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 Support & Instill a Desire for Academic Excellence 

 We foster academic excellence with rigorous learning expectations, supported by our national and international accrediting authorities and global education partners. 


Benefits of the ISA Education

Strategic Vision Value

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 A Distinctive and Dynamic Academic Program 

The world is changing rapidly and ISA is committed to cultivating a transformative learning
environment to inspire students to embrace change with resilience, creativity, and a global
perspective. Fueled by innovation and guided by ISA’s Portrait of a Graduate, we strive to mold
compassionate leaders who thrive in the unknown, shaping a brighter, interconnected world.

Fun Facts


We are the Home of the Palominos!

ISA’s Palomino has its own color of BLUE! The Early School students also have a traditional colored Palomino of tan and white! It was voted the Best Mascot in Scottsdale!


We have Houses!

When families join the ISA community, each student is assigned to a 'house,' similar to the system in Harry Potter! These houses promote teamwork, participation in sports days, and encourage positive reinforcement. Which house will you join? Coyotes, Bobcats, Gila Monsters, or Roadrunners?


We have the best Parent's Association (PA)!

Every parent automatically becomes a part of the Parents Association and can be involved as much or a little as desired. The PA has Classroom Reps who host thrilled events for the whole family!

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The International School of Arizona is a nonprofit, independent private school, educating students in a dual international curriculum, from age 18 months through grade 8.

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