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SCHOOL CLOSED: MARDI GRAS BREAK

All International School of Louisiana Buildings and Offices will have HALF Day dismissal on Thursday, February 20, 2020. Dixon and Westbank Campus dismissal is at 12pm and Uptown Campus dismissal is at 12:30pm. PLEASE NOTE: For the safety of our students and staff, it is imperative that students are picked up at dismissal. Due to Mardi Gras Parade routes and traffic, access in and out of the buildings is restricted and staff will not be available to supervise students who are not picked up at the campus.

All International School of Louisiana Buildings and Offices will be CLOSED Friday, February 21 through Wednesday, February 26, 2020 for Mardi Gras and Thursday, February 27 and Friday, February 28, 2020 for Staff Professional Development. Our faculty and staff will be unavailable during this time. Offices and buildings will reopen on Monday, March 2, 2020 when classes resume. We will return calls and emails as soon as possible within 48 hours of our return.

Curriculum

The Immersive Experiential Curriculum of International School of Louisiana (ISL) uses State of Louisiana Department of Education Standards as a framework around which to build experiences for students to demonstrate mastery of skills. The question that we must ask with each decision we make in regard to curriculum is, “Does this fulfill the mission and vision of ISL’s language immersion program?” not simply is this a good resource, is this successful at another school, or in another country. Every choice we make must be in furtherance of ISL’s goal to:

  • provide a challenging education

  • language immersion

  • international awareness

  • the celebration of diversity and community responsibility

What is immersion?

Immersion is defined as a method of instruction in which the school curriculum is taught through the medium of a language (often called a Target Language or L2) other than the dominant or native language (often referred to as L1, in this case English) of students and/or community.

The Target Language (L2) is the vehicle for content instruction; it is not the subject of instruction. Children learn the Target Language (L2) naturally, through everyday conversation and classroom instruction.  FAQs about Immersion

ISL’s Immersion Progression:

  • In kindergarten and 1st grade students spend, approximately 90% of daily instruction in the Target Language (only enrichment activities such as P.E., art, and music may take place in English.  When possible these classes are conducted in the Target Language).

  • In grades 2-5, students spend, approximately 80% of their daily instructional time the in the target language. Math, Science, Social Studies, are all taught in the Target Language, as well as Target Language Arts.  English Language Arts is added for 60 minutes a day.

  • In middle School, approximately 25% of a student’s time is spent in the immersion language. ISL increases the amount of time students spend in English. English is the language of instruction for Social Studies and Science.  This is a shift from Lower School.  Mathematics remains a subject taught in the Target Language (French or Spanish).  Students take both Target Language Arts and English Language Arts in equal amounts.  Additionally, Middle School students begin a three year sequence of a critical language (such as Mandarin). Taken together this means that 35% of a student’s day is spent in a language other than English*.