INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF LOUISIANA
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The International School of Louisiana (ISL) is the sole Louisiana State Certified Spanish Immersion School in the New Orleans metro area. The public charter school educates students in Kindergarten through eighth grade across three campuses located in Dixon (K-2), Uptown (3-8), and Westbank (K-5). ISL is the only school to have received the “Charter School of the Year” title by the Center for Education Reform, the nation’s leading education advocacy organization.
ISL was founded in 2000 by a group of parents eager to improve public education in Louisiana. They envisioned a tuition-free, non-selective charter school that would cultivate diversity, inclusion, and equity with the mission to provide a challenging education emphasizing language immersion, international awareness, the celebration of diversity, and community responsibility. As a non-selective school, ISL enrolls a minimum of 53% of students identified as at-risk. This critical work inspires their staff daily, and their passion has gained the school, its teachers, and its students local and national recognition.
The school’s commitment to diversity is evident in its student and teacher populations. A staff of over 200 comprises members from 31 countries and is fluent in 26 different languages. They work together in a family atmosphere that educates 1,100 students from diverse backgrounds, including 43% African American, 29% White, 25% Latinx/Hispanic, 2% Asian/Pacific, and 1% American Indian.
ISL students learn core academic subjects in a full-immersion experience in French or Spanish from Kindergarten through 8th grade and Mandarin Chinese in Middle School. The second language is learned naturally through everyday conversation and classroom instruction. Over 80% of students enter ISL at Kindergarten from English-speaking homes and leave in 8th grade as bilingual speakers, sometimes trilingual.
The International School of Louisiana continues to grow. They are seeking bilingual team members emphasizing Spanish language fluency for Administrative, Teaching, Teaching Assistance, and other Support Service positions, such as Child-Specific Aide, to help continue educating their thriving student population.