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. 

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.

March 9, 2017

Third Presentation Day ISLA Academy in February 2017

ISLA Academy held Presentation Day for their third Unit of Inquiry on Thursday, February 2, 2017.  Presentation Day is a chance for students to share their latest personal and class projects with their families and the community.

At ISLA Academy, students learn using the inquiry cycle.  Every six weeks, the students focus their learning on a unique Central Idea, based on grade-level science and social studies standards.  Working alongside a professor, students design and plan their own six-week projects, each one seeking to show the community the student’s understanding of the Unit’s Central Idea.

When studying a Central Idea, students are taught how to develop their own questions about the topic.  They are encouraged to find the connections between the Unit content and their own lives.  In addition to choosing the focus of their inquiry, they also play a role in the selection of their mode of presentation.  This is especially important, as it allows for students to display their understanding using a variety of learning styles. 

Once the focus of the project is selected, students write a ‘Driving Question’.  This question is what drives the research and investigation of the project.  Examples of strong driving questions include “Could the world ever adopt a universal language?”, “What can we learn from the fall of the Mayan Civilization?”, “How can someone become a billionaire?” “Why do I need to wear a bicycle helmet?”, and “How do we move big things?”  Students and teachers use backward-design to plan the research and learning necessary to answer the driving questions.

Examples of the different ways that students have presented their learning include designing a board game, creating an educational online app, giving a TedTalk, writing and performing their own play, spoken-word poem, or rap-battle, designing an aquaponics system, or starting their own business.

Each Presentation Day, we see continued growth in our students’ learning, self-management, public speaking, research skills, and ability to make connections across subject areas.  We welcome the entire community to come out and take the opportunity to meet our very talented students and to ask them challenging questions about their inquiries.

The next Presentation Day is scheduled for Thursday, March 16, 2017 from 1-3 pm.

More about ISLA Academy

ISLA Academy offers high-quality education for PreK to Grade 12 at their campus located in Cabarete-Sosua on the north coast of the Dominican Republic. ISLA Academy is a unique offering to the private, international schools of the Dominican Republic, providing a rigorous, inquiry-based curriculum taught primarily in English, with an experienced team of internationally certified teachers from eight different countries.

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