ISLA, a K-6 Spanish immersion community, empowers the whole child
by nurturing the development of personal growth, strong character, academic excellence, and global vision.
ISLA, es una comunidad de inmersión en español K-6, promueve el crecimiento integral del alumno alimentando el desarrollo personal, crecimiento, carácter fuerte, excelencia académica, y visión global.
Nuturing Leaders for Tomorrow's World
International Spanish Language Academy (ISLA) is one of only two elementary schools in Minnesota offering both a full language immersion program (Spanish) and an International Baccalaureate World School education. Strong language acquisition and international-mindedness are hallmarks of an ISLA education.
ISLA is a mission-driven school. International Baccalaureate and Spanish immersion is our focus, drives our curriculum and shapes our culture. Meeting the needs of each individual child is essential, and the school has a commitment to remain small. The controlled size of the school allows every staff member to know every student by name, and every student to know every staff member. Children have a strong sense of belonging at International Spanish Language Academy.
The academic experience at ISLA is based on the inquiry method of teaching and learning. Curiosity is nurtured, and children learn to ask good questions in all aspects of their lives.Learn more about ISLA
ISLA is an International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program (IBPYP) World School. The IBPYP brings global understanding to the classroom on a daily basis. Six units of inquiry are studied at each grade level, encouraging students to dig deep into a topic and look at issues from many perspectives.
The IB Learner Profile integrates character education in every lesson. Students are encouraged to be principled, have integrity, to be honest and open-minded. Students read books on various topics integrating a science or social studies theme with these characteristics included as well. It is important at ISLA that we continue to teach children the important values that will help them become responsible global citizens.Learn more about IBPYP
Total immersion programs, like ISLA, have the greatest success in terms of foreign language development. Students in immersion programs become functionally proficient in a second language at a level appropriate to their age and grade in school. Immersion students not only become bilingual, but master the subject content of the regular elementary school curriculum that is taught in a second language.Learn more about immersion
ISLA has recieved numerous awards and accolades over the years for its outstanding quality and innovative practices. These include federal, state, local, and corporate recognitions.
ISLA was named a National Blue Ribbon School in 2013 by the U.S. Department of Education.
ISLA was ranked 4th out of the 24 top performing charter schools making it eligible for the Federal Charter Schools Grants Project .
ISLA was named "Best" in the Reader's Choice Awards in the Sun Papers, including Best Teacher, Best PTA, Best Public School, and Best Principal.
ISLA has also recieved recognition from local organizations, including the Minnesota Vikings, with a $10,000 grant as part of the NFL 60 Super School program, naming ISLA the Play60 Super School for Minnesota.Learn more about National Blue Ribbon Schools