Academic Expectations

The academic expectations for each grade are below in PDF format.

Academic Program

At International Spanish Language Academy, we combine two learning approaches to create a rich and challenging global environment that is academically strong. Our curriculum meets and exceeds the existing Minnesota standards by providing an immersion and International Primary Years Programme (PYP) experience.

Spanish Immersion

As a Spanish Immersion school, all classes are taught in Spanish for students in K-1. In second grade and up students receive instruction in reading and writing in English while receiving their other lessons such as social studies, mathematics, science, technology, arts, and physical education in Spanish. As children progress through the program, more time is added daily to address the English component. 

More information about Spanish Immersion at ISLA can be found on our Spanish Immersion page.

International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program

Our lessons are also modeled on the Primary Years Program (PYP). The PYP brings global-mindedness into the ISLA curriculum. PYP is an international, interdisciplinary program designed to foster the development of the whole child, not just in the classroom, but also through other means of learning. The PYP focuses on the total growth of the developing child, touching hearts as well as minds and encompassing social, physical, emotional, and cultural needs in addition to academic welfare. 

By combining the best research and practice from a range of national systems with a wealth of knowledge and experience from international schools PYP creates a relevant and engaging educational framework for all children. 

More information about PYP can be found on our International Baccalaureate page.

Public Charter School

Charter schools offer an educational option for parents regardless of income, race, religion or their children's academic or athletic capabilities. As a public charter school:

  • ISLA must meet or exceed all state and federal requirements.
  • Our students will achieve proficiency in English as well as Spanish.
  • ISLA charges no tuition and receives funding on a per-pupil basis by the State of Minnesota as well as from federal and private monies through grants or donations.
  • ISLA provides a choice within the public school system for parents and students.
  • ISLA is held accountable for student results and fiscal responsibility by the Minnesota Department of Education.
  • ISLA parents, teachers, and staff elect the school board, and the school is managed as an independent school district.