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Date: 01/09/2012 Location: Dutch Caribbean Aruba Description: International School of Aruba - State Dept Image





Date: 01/09/2012 Location: Dutch Caribbean Aruba Description: International School of Aruba - State Dept Image







The International School of Aruba (ISA) is a nonprofit, coeducational English-language, college preparatory, day school, enrolling approximately 185 students in PK (Montessori Program) through grade 12.  ISA students represent 25 nationalities. First languages of our students primarily include English, Dutch, Spanish, Hindi and Papiamento.

Organization: ISA is governed by a 7-member Board composed of representatives of International Schools Services, Princeton, New Jersey. The School is located in Aruba and is a nonprofit foundation.

Curriculum: The American-based curriculum is that of U.S. academic and college preparatory public schools. The program strives to enable its students to achieve their highest possible level of intellectual, social and personal development and includes Advanced Placement (AP) courses in Spanish, English, Calculus, Art History and Studio Art, Human Geography, European History, and World History. The maximum class size is 22. Instruction is in English, but students may also study Native Spanish and Native Dutch programs. Students in the secondary grades carry up to 8 courses through the school year. Most of the ISA’s graduates go on to universities in the United States and Canada. The School has been fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools since 1990.

Faculty: In the 2011-20.12 school year, there are 28 faculty members. In addition to the teaching staff, the faculty includes a school counselor, a librarian, an English Language Learner (ELL) specialist, a business manager, a principal, an executive secretary, and a U.S. trained, U.S. certified chief administrator. Most staff members have previous international experience in education and 60% have master’s degrees.

Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year, enrollment was 173 students in PK (Montessori) through grade 12.

Facilities: The campus is designed to serve 250 students, with a new air-conditioned purpose built facility. The School grounds include open soccer and softball fields, a basketball court, a playground and a volleyball court under a covered gymnasium, as well as 4 large gazebo shelters.

Finances: In the 2011-2012 school year, approximately 95% of the School's income derived from tuition. Annual tuition rates are as follows: Montessori ½ day program: $7,786.86; Montessori full day program: $14,842.29; grades 1-5: $13,961.15; grades 6-8: $14,926.86; grades 9-12: $17,240.58. There is a one time Capital Levy Fee of $6,057.14. There is a Senior fee of $285.72, an application fee of $57.15, and an administrative fee of $414.29. (All fees are quoted in U.S. dollars.)

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