The International School of Louisiana (ISL) was founded in 2000 as a single public charter school open to any child in the State of Louisiana. Like the region itself, ISL is reflective of French and Spanish traditions. Families choose to enroll their students in one of ISL’s two Target Language Immersion tracks for Kindergarten through 8th grade; French Immersion or Spanish Immersion. In addition, in Middle School (6th-8th grade) Mandarin Chinese is added as an elective to create an even more expansive and educational immersion experience.
Language immersion and multilingualism is merely the first step to acquiring a global education.
ISL is committed to breaking down barriers in public education by teaching children to embrace diversity in their community. ISL is dedicated to providing all of its students with a unique and high-quality education and helping young people develop not only as students but also as community leaders and global citizens.
At ISL, we believe that people are not defined by the circumstances of their birth but rather by the choices they make to cross borders: geographic, cultural, linguistic, racial, ethnic, religious, economic, and cognitive. Thus, over the course of their time at ISL, students develop flexible and responsive cognition that allows them to make sense of the world in meaningful ways, synthesize information, and give rise to new ways of thinking. In doing so, children and adults have the opportunity to create an alternative way of living in the world.
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