The International School of Aruba (ISA) is a nonprofit, coeducational English-language, college preparatory, day school, enrolling approximately 165 students from PK-3 through grade 12. The school’s purpose-built campus is located in the Wayaca residence area across from the airport. First languages of our students primarily include English, Dutch, Spanish, Hindi and Papiamento.
Organization: ISA is governed by a 6-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 23. 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 ISA’s graduates go on to universities in the United States, Canada and The Netherlands. The school has been fully accredited by the AdvancED since 1990.
Faculty: During the 2020-2021 school year, there are 29 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 business office assistant, 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: The school has 161 students from PreK-3 through grade 12. The student body represents 22 countries. The average class size is 14.
Facilities: The campus is designed to serve 250 students, with a new air-conditioned multi-purpose-built facility. The school grounds include an artificial turf soccer field, beach tennis courts, a playground and a volleyball/basketball court under a covered gymnasium, as well as four large gazebo shelters.
Finances: During the 2020-2021 school year, approximately 95% of the school’s income derived from tuition. Annual tuition rates are as follows: Montessori PK (½ day program) $8,999 Montessori (full-day program): $16,120; grades 1-6: $16,248; grades 7-8: $17,398; grades 9-12: $20,149. There is a one-time capital levy fee of $7,910. There is a (re)enrollment deposit of $1,412 and a one-time application fee of $57. A 5% surcharge is charged if a payment plan for tuition is selected. (All fees quoted in U.S. dollars.)
Information and statistics are current as of September 2020 and provided by the school.