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 10, 2017

ISLA Academy would like to welcome Lander Torfs to our staff.  Lander is a talented teacher and gardening expert and will be leading several big projects over the course of his time at ISLA.  He is very interested in sustainability and green gardening practices.  Lander Torfs credits include:

2009- 2013 Bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture from Ghent University in Belgium.

2013 – 2014 Certificate for Secondary Teaching at HES Gent.

Please give Lander a warm welcome on the ISLA Academy campus when you see him.

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