ISLA Academy congratulates the founding class graduates of Liceo Cientifico, the first STEM + Green Magnet School in Dominican Republic. ISLA Academy Founder/Director Sean Bennett played an integral role in the development of Liceo Cientifico’s academic curriculum, and served as Head English Teacher for two years, prior to founding ISLA Academy in 2015.
President of the Dominican Republic, Danilo Medina attended last weekend’s graduation ceremony at Liceo Científico, which is the first school in the Dominican Republic to specialize in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics for gifted and talented students.
Many of Liceo Cientifico’s students excelled with high honors, and received full scholarships to colleges in the United States, and prominent universities in the Dominican Republic. Honor students included Marianny Vasquez Reyes, Jose Alfonso Diaz Polanco, Antonio Alberto Muñoz and Diana Hernandez, all scoring over a 96 grade-point average. Mr. Bennett’s former students from Liceo Cientifico participated in ISLA Academy’s first Summer Camp in 2015, and were a wonderful addition to campus life.
"My experience at Liceo Cientifico proved to me that the Dominican Republic was ready for a 21st century model of education” stated Sean Bennett. Bennett brings many years of experience in teaching and developing schools in the US, Asia, the Dominican Republic, and Africa. "There was no better introduction to the culture and people of the Dominican Republic than to spend two years with some of the best and brightest that this country, and in fact this world, has to offer" Mr. Bennett said of his time at Liceo Cientifico.
ISLA Academy is a unique newcomer to the current offerings of private, international schools available in the Dominican Republic. It is the only learning institution in the area using an inquiry-based method of teaching. Located in Cabarete-Sosua, on the north coast of the Dominican Republic, ISLA Academy offers a high-quality, rigorous and personalized curriculum taught primarily in English. ISLA Academy has a campus that includes indoor-outdoor facilities, a swimming pool and is within walking distance to the beach. The perfect setting for young people to explore, discover and learn.
"So much of what we do at ISLA Academy is inspired by Liceo Cientifico, from the hands-on integrated learning, to the focus on outdoor education, to the philosophy that students should have a say in the development of their own education”, said Mr. Bennett.
ISLA Academy programs are available for students of all ages (2-18) during the academic year. Classes begin August 29th, 2016.