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Date: 12/01/2011 Location: Riga Latvia Description: The International School of Latvia - State Dept Image
Date: 12/01/2011 Location: Riga Latvia Description: International School of Latvia - State Dept Image



The International School of Latvia (ISL) is an independent, coeducational day school, which offers an educational program for children of all nationalities from ages 3 to 18 years. ISL was founded in 1994. The school year begins the 3rd week in August and ends the 3rd week in June.

Organization: A governing council, elected by the International School Association of Latvia’s Parent Association, governs the School. Membership is automatically conferred on the parents or guardians of students enrolled in the School. The School operates as a nonprofit organization in Latvia.

Curriculum: The International School of Latvia is an International Baccalaureate World School. It is authorized to offer the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IBPYP) for the lower school (PK-Grade 5), the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (IBPYP) for grades 6 through 10 and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) for grades 11 and 12. Instruction is in English. French, Russian and Latvian are offered as foreign languages to students from grades 2 through 5. In grades 6 through 12 students may choose French, German, or Russian. All foreign language learning is contingent upon students meeting the English fluency requirement. English-as-a-Second Language (ESL) classes are offered to students whose require additional English language support, such as those whose native language is not English. Other classes in the curriculum include: design technology, performing arts, physical education/health, economics, and visual arts. Various field trips are taken during the school year. Upper level students attend Central and Eastern European Schools Association (CEESA) activities throughout the region. Currently the school has competing teams in soccer, basketball, volleyball, and tennis. ISL is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, the Council of International Schools and registered with the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Latvia.

Faculty: In the 2011-2012 school year there are 38 full-time and 2 part-time teachers, 5 administrators, 5 office employees, 5 custodial staff, a school counselor, a Media Center manager and a school nurse.

Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year, the enrollment was 202 students, representing 26 nationalities.

Facilities: The School opened a new purpose-built facility in August of 2011. It is located halfway between Riga and Jurmala. The site boasts a large inside sports gym, well equipped media center, built-in catering hall and large outside sports areas. The school is pursuing a goal of technological excellence, placing a strong emphasis on the use of computers and technology in all classrooms and grade levels. In addition to the fixed location computer labs, the school utilizes mobile laptop computers which can travel with the students between classes. Teachers are equipped with interactive smartboards and digital projectors. The school is located within 500 yards of a swimming pool and an ice rink, both of which the school utilizes. There is also a golf course next to the school.

Finances: The school generates income from tuition. A one time registration fee applies to all new students (varies by grade from €725-1450). An annual non-refundable capital fee of €2500 the first year of enrollment and €1500 for each subsequent year is required. Annual tuition for academic year 2011-2012: Preschool: €6,500, depending on the age group; Kdg.-grade 5: €12,400; grades 6-10: €14,150; and grades 11-12: € 14,700. (All fees are quoted in euros.)

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