Award Year: 2015
To prepare students for lifelong success in a globally interdependent society by offering a unique multi-lingual, multi-literate, and multi-cultural curriculum integrating technology and research-based practices.
- Black/African American: 2%
- White: 26%
- Hispanic: 72%
- ELL: 24%
- Economically Disadvantaged: 61%
International Studies Charter High School: Giving our students the world!
International Studies Charter High School (ISCHS) was established in 2004 as the result of the French, Italian and Spanish consuls collaborating to create a unique school. ISCHS offers its students a muti-cultural, multi-lingual comprehensive education in each respective language. Located in an urban, economically disadvantaged area in Miami (Little Havana), many of the students are first generation immigrants; more than 60% are on free or reduced lunch. Students are nurtured in a manner akin to that of a family; their individual needs are supported emotionally as well as academically. Embedded within the curriculum, is an emphasis on how disciplines and cultures overlap and are more alike than different. Nothing captures this essence more than ISCHSís soccer team. Students whose native countries would be fierce competitors on the field at the World Cup come together as a team to represent the ISCHS family. It is striking and heartening to see students from Europe, South and Central America, the Caribbean, Africa, and the United States all working towards the same goal. This spirit of camaraderie isnít just on the field, but permeates throughout our corridors. Daily life at ISCHS is like a mini United Nations. Students experience full immersion in a multi-cultural environment and curriculum while pursuing their passion for language. ISCHSís graduates are all bilingual but more often than not, multi-lingual. These elements prepare students to succeed and excel in our ever interconnected world. Ultimately, ISCHS has accomplished its primary goal of preparing globally successful citizens.