Dutch Caribbean, Curacao: International School of Curacao

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Date: 01/11/2012 Location: Dutch Caribbean Curacao Description: International School of Curacao - State Dept Image                    Date: 01/11/2012 Location: Dutch Caribbean Curacao Description: International School of Curacao - State Dept Image

Web: www.isc.an
Email: iscmec@attglobal.net


The International School of Curaçao (ISC) is a K-12, accredited, private, non-profit, coeducational day school that provides instruction in English. ISC was founded in 1967 and offers a rigorous academic program in order to prepare students who plan to pursue higher learning at colleges and universities around the world. The School year extends from mid-August to mid-June.

Organization: The School is governed by a 9-member Board of Directors and is recognized by the local government of Curacao, a country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

Curriculum: ISC offers a combination of international and U.S. curriculum to serve our diverse and globally mobile population. Teachers use proven best practices, research based strategies, and U.S. educational resources and textbooks. The language of instruction is English. Academic areas include English, mathematics, social studies science, information technology, art, music, physical education, and English-as-a-Second-Language. Dutch and Spanish languages are also taught at beginner, intermediate and advanced levels to native and non-natives speakers. ISC offers Advanced Placement courses in Spanish language and literature, and an International Baccalaureate diploma program in the high school. An after-school activities program provides opportunities for students to explore other interests. ISC is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and is working toward obtaining accreditation from the Council of International Schools (CIS).

Faculty: In the 2011-2012 school year there are 48 full-time and 8 part-time faculty members. Teachers represent more than 8 different nationalities.

Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year enrollment was 474 (Kindergarten.-grade 5: 201; grades 6-8: 106, grades 9-12: 167), representing 30 different countries.

Facilities: ISC has a typical Caribbean architecture with one story buildings and open spaces. The buildings on the west accommodate the kindergarten, elementary and middle school. The 3 spacious kindergarten rooms are situated in 1 building and have their own playground and bathrooms. The elementary and middle schools consist of a total of 28 rooms which includes a science lab, 2 music rooms, 2 ESL rooms, 3 learning resource rooms, and a state of the art – art room. There is also a co-ed survival room with cooking facilities. The library has been revamped and a kindergarten/elementary section was added recently. A modern computer room, which is located in the library building, also forms part of the classrooms complex on the west side of campus. The play areas for the elementary and middle school are separate and include a basketball court. Numerous renovations and new buildings have been added in the past few years, including elementary and middle school classrooms, and a new art room. The high school is on the east side of the street that separates both campuses and consists of 15 rooms which includes 2 science labs, 2 art rooms, and a computer lab. Included in the total of 15 rooms is the recently added contemporary wing which includes 5 classrooms, a computer lab, a faculty room, and toilet facilities. ISC is very proud of their gym/auditorium, which was completed in 2006. The facilities include: a court for various sports, a stage, and is even equipped with acoustic panels for the school band/orchestra performances.

Finances: In the 2011-2012 school year, about 98% of the School's income derives from tuition. Annual tuition rates are as follows: K-3: $4,019; K-4: $5,824; K-5: $7,165; grades 1-5: $9,319; grades 6-8: $10,426; and grades 9-12: $12,637. (All fees are quoted in U.S. dollars.)

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