February 15, 2018

We wanted to remind you all of several very important dates happening in the near future at ISLA Academy.  As always, you may find our official calendar on the website.  

February 22-24 - Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences

February 26-27: Independence Day. NO CLASSES.

March 8: Presentation Day

March 16 : Notify ISLA Academy office of intent to re-enroll for  2018-2019 school year

Mar 26 - Apr 2, 2018 - SPRING BREAK - NO CLASSES

February 9, 2018

We are very excited to announce the hiring of our new music teacher, Mr. Tadeu DeMarco.  Tadeu is an experienced music teacher, with nearly 40 years experience teaching and studying in the Dominican Republic, Brazil, Spain, and Canada.  He also has an extensive history here on the North Coast, with experience teaching in a variety of schools and educational programs.  

Tadeu's experience and passion for music will be a vital asset to our community of learners.  In addition to leading classes for all of our students, he will also be offering after-school clubs and music lessons.

We invite all of our enthusiastic & musically inclined students to share their talent and expand their knowledge with our new program. 

January 20, 2018

We are very excited to announce the date of our upcoming presentation, "The Path to University".  The event will take place on Thursday, February 1st at 4:00 pm at the ISLA Academy campus.  The entire community is welcome to attend and hear information about the following topics:

  • Our accredited diploma program accepted by ALL international, US, and Dominican universities

  • How our rigorous college-preparatory curriculum is built to ensure success at the university level 

  • How the majority of our academic curriculum is based on AP courses while incorporating research and presentation skills

  • How each major course is designed to prepare students for the respective AP exam (ex. AP World History, AP Economics, AP Spanish) and how these classes lay the groundwork for students to have the ability to take many additional AP exams (AP Environmental Science, AP Statistics, AP Chemistry, etc.)

  • The scope and sequence of our middle and high school curriculum

  • What families can do to begin preparing for the university admissions process 

  • How ISLA students are uniquely able to obtain additional high school credits for extracurricular activities (ex. tennis, photography, online university courses, work experience)

  • ISLA's continued focus on helping our prospective university students stand out in the college application process

We look forward to seeing everyone there (especially the students)! For more information, call us at(809)571-4633 or email at islaoffice@islaacademy.com.

January 11, 2018

Happy New Year!  We are so excited to see all of the smiling faces back on campus.  The new year brings exciting new activities and a chance for our students and teachers to feel inspired to create new projects and ideas.

IMPORTANT DATES

The end of the third Unit of Inquiry and our first semester are rapidly approaching.  The final day of this semester is January 26th.  As always, Presentation Day will take place on the final Thursday, which will be on January 25th.  

Don't forget that January 29th is a national holiday in celebration of the birth of Juan Pablo Duarte.  There will not be classes on that day.

First-semester report cards will go out on February 9th and Parent-Student conferences will take place the week of February 19-23.  

EXCITING ANNOUNCEMENTS 

Join us on Thursday, February 1st at 4:00 pm at the ISLA Academy campus.  The entire community is welcome to attend our event,"The Path to University", where we will outline ISLA Academy's unique college-preparatory high school curriculum, explain the incredible array of elective class opportunities available to our students, and give students and families a year-by-year explanation of what you can be doing to prepare for the university application process.

November 10, 2017

Please join us for our inaugural DINE OUT FOR ISLA ACADEMY on November 15, 2017, 5:00 pm , at STIX Asian Fusion Lounge at Ahnvee Resort and Sports in Sosua. A portion of the proceeds will go to benefit your child’s education, with 25% of  food and beverage receipts donated to ISLA Academy's Boost 2020 Campaign.

Boost 2020 is a newly launched campaign to raise funds for the expansion of ISLA Academy. Join us for a night out and an opportunity for family, friends and supporters of fine education and fine dining to come together to show your Support for ISLA Academy.

For more information about this event and other Boost 2020 initiatives, please contact Kim Thomas at boost2020@islaacademy.com.

Thank you for your ongoing support and participation in ISLA Academy events.

November 7, 2017

ISLA Academy is excited to announce the arrival of our new STEM teacher, Kate Watson. She will be teaching middle and high school STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics). Kate most recently built and developed the curriculum and science laboratories for another new international school in China. 

Kate Watson is from Queensland, Australia where she completed high school and university with a Bachelor of Arts in Archaeological Science and Forensic Anthropology. Kate is eager to create a curriculum within the vision and ethos of ISLA Academy. 

To learn more about Kate, you can read her full bio here on our website. 

October 24, 2017

We are pleased to announce an innovative new partnership with Ahnvee Resort and Sports (Ahnveeresort.com). Ahnvee Resort & Sports is the newest all-inclusive resort in Sosúa on the North coast of the Dominican Republic. Ahnvee Resort & Sports offers unparalleled amenities for sports, fitness and dining. Ahnvee has generously offered their space and facilities for use by ISLA’s Physical Education and Health Programs.

Beginning this Friday, students from all phases will begin using these facilities as a part of our physical fitness programming, making use of both swimming facilities and providing yoga instruction on site. ISLA will arrange all transportation to and from the facility. We will notify parents prior to any student trips to the resort.

We would also like to take this opportunity to inform families of some of the services available through Ahnvee Resort and Sports that you might like to take advantage of. Every Friday afternoon Ahnvee hosts an after school celebration for kids from 3:00 pm on. Resort staff are onsite to provide fun and games for all ages, from 2 to 16. Parents are welcome to come and relax at one of the restaurants, enjoy a cocktail or snack while the children play.

Also coming up is Ahnvee’s Halloween Party. Add a mask and a costume to the mix to celebrate the holiday at Ahnvee.

If you have any questions about our programs and activities at Ahnvee, please feel free to contact Hazakyah Hardy-Dia at hazakyah.hardydia@islaacademy.com.

October 15, 2017

ISLA Academy is off to a great start in the new academic year. Classes are buzzing with energy and excitement as students learn, discover and play. The first Presentation Day was held in October, with students presenting their projects in front of an audience comprised of fellow students, teachers and family members. 

ISLA Acadamy welcomes several new teachers to their team of international educators this year. Learn more about their professional credentials here on Our Team page

Pictured below, Levi and Gaia at Presentation Day, partners on a learning project about modern versus Renaissance Age light sources. Collaborative learning at it's best, terrific team effort.

May 22, 2017

From May 12-15, 2017, ISLA Academy Phase 5 and 6 students climbed to the highest point in the Caribbean, Pico Duarte, in the central mountain range of the Dominican Republic.  They started their trip with a beautiful waterfall hike in Jarabacoa.  On Day 2, they entered the national park and climbed nine hours until reaching the base camp of La Compartición.

Waking up at 3:00 am on Day 3, the team began their final ascent to the peak, at 3,087 meters!  They returned to base camp that evening for dinner and celebration.  On the fourth and final day, the students descended another 6 hours before returning triumphantly to ISLA Academy that afternoon.  

Along the way, they saw unparalleled beauty.  More importantly, they learned about themselves and what it takes to overcome challenges.  We are all so proud of them!

May 15, 2017

After two months of rigorous training, the ISLA Academy gymnastics team traveled to Salcedo, in the Cibao Valley of the Dominican Republic, to participate in their first competition, the '2nd Provincial Rhythmic Gymnastics Tournament 2017', held May 5, 2017.  

Under the leadership of team captains Samantha Biondi and Giulia Oliva, the team met early mornings, on the weekends, and after school to design and practice their choreography, mix their own music, and make their own uniforms. 


In front of a huge audience at Liceo Cientifico, the team perfectly executed their routine and were awarded the top prize in their age group. We are so proud of the way they represented ISLA Academy. They are all excited to defend their title at the next competition in June.

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