Tuition and Additional Fees
The Montessori half-day program is a safe, fun, interactive learning environment for two and three year-old children. This program is organized by a head teacher. The head teacher is Montessori trained and educated. The ideas of freedom and independence lie at the core of the Montessori philosophy. Children are at liberty to choose their work, to express themselves, to move about the classroom, and to work at their own pace. These types of choice making experiences strengthen the child’s development of self worth, dignity, and personality. The goal of such liberty is to encourage an active, independent and self-directed attitude towards learning.
A half-day program is only available for two and three year-old students from 7:45am – 11:30am. Half-day students follow the same morning schedule and activities as the full-day students. Parents of children who participate in the half-day program are required to pick up their children at 11:30am. Students must be potty trained to be ready to join the three-year old program.
The Montessori program is a safe, fun, interactive learning environment for three to five year-old children. This program is organized by a head teacher. The head teacher is Montessori trained and educated. The ideas of freedom and independence lie at the core of the Montessori philosophy. Children are at liberty to choose their work, to express themselves, to move about the classroom, and to work at their own pace. These types of choice making experiences strengthen the child’s development of self worth, dignity, and personality. The goal of such liberty is to encourage an active, independent and self-directed attitude towards learning.
The Montessori program is a full-day program. It follows the same start and finish times, 7:45am-2:45pm, as Elementary, Middle and High Schools. Students must be potty trained to be ready to join the program.
The Elementary program is composed of grades 1 through 5. In grades 1-5, the teachers offer a more traditional program, while also accommodating children's multiple intelligences and learning styles through a dimension of thematic and project-based learning.
All of the elementary staff are experienced, credentialed, professional educators. The average class size in the elementary school is 12, with the largest class being 20.
Students take core classroom subjects – reading, spelling, writing, math, science, and social studies – with their grade level teachers. In addition, students go to weekly / bi-weekly classes which are taught by specialists. These include physical education, music, art, computers, library, Spanish and Dutch.
English Language Learner (ELL) help is available for students who are learning English. The school does not have services to accommodate children with moderate or severe learning disabilities. The teachers of the elementary grades often work together on special interdisciplinary projects or cross grade-level events.
ISA Middle School is composed of grades 6-8. All students take core courses of math, science, social studies, and English. Each grade also takes special classes in physical education, Dutch and Spanish. The language classes are divided according to level of proficiency, ranging from beginners through advanced/native speaker sections. Additionally, students take special classes such as physical education, art, drama, music and computers on a rotation basis.
Though lunch period is at different times, the High School and Middle School have the same schedule. Students take eight classes which meet for two 90-minute periods and one 45-minute period each week. Support is offered for English as a Second Language for those in greatest need, both in a separate class and after school. Homework Club is offered three days per week for an hour after school as well, providing students one-on-one attention from the teachers, or extra group support, as needed.
The Middle School teachers provide guidance and instruction in a range of topics outside of academics to support the development of the children as students in areas such as getting organized, communication, friendship, time management skills, decision making, community service, and future planning. Teachers monitor the progress of their assigned students in the Middle School and have weekly team meetings. Communication with parents is emphasized so that home and school are mutually supported during this important period of adolescence. A solid foundation of academic and personal development will lead to greater success in high school and beyond.
The school runs an extra bus every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 4:10 so that students may stay for afterschool activities such as sports, art, and homework support.
The High School academic program in grades 9-12 at ISA is modeled after a traditional U.S. university preparatory program. The language of instruction is English.
As of the 2010-2011 school year students must earn 26 credits in order to graduate with a U.S. high school diploma. This will include 4 credits of English, 3 credits of social science/history (1 year of U.S. History), 3 credits of science (1 year of Biology), 3 credits of mathematics, 3 credits of foreign language taken consecutively, 1 credit of computer, 1 credit of art, 1 credit of physical education, 1 credit of school service, and 6 credits of electives. For students who wish to go on to very competitive universities around the world, it is recommended that they earn additional credits in more rigorous level classes, including advanced math classes beyond Geometry and Algebra II, Physics, four years of one or more foreign languages, and additional elective classes. Students planning on entering competitive Universities in Holland will need to take a minimum of three Advanced Placement classes in the last two years of high school.
Though lunch period is at different times, the High School and Middle School have the same schedule. Students take seven classes which meet for one 70-minute period and three 50-minute period each week. Support is offered for English as a Second Language for those in greatest need, both in a separate class and after school. For those students who need additional academic support, after school help is offered three days a week each quarter, with subject teachers staying longer to assist students who request support. Students also take one class as an elective – visual arts, sports (including soccer and beach volleyball and tennis,) drama, music, and other areas of interest – which meets twice each week.
A University Prep course is offered in the first semester of the senior year to guide students in the admissions process. Also students receive individual guidance from the ISA Counselor throughout the senior year with future planning and college applications. ISA is a testing site for the College Board for Advanced Placement exams, as well as for college entry exams such as the PSAT, and SAT. At ISA nearly all of the students graduate and go on to post-secondary education in North America, Great Britain, the Netherlands, or in other Caribbean countries.
Advanced Placement courses are offered for those who seek the challenge of greater academic rigor. ISA’s currently approved AP courses are in English Literature and Composition, English Language and Composition, Human Geography, European History, World History, Spanish Language, Spanish Literature, Calculus AB, and Studio Art. External AP exams are given in May each year. Strong results can mean that students may earn university credits.
ISA has an extracurricular program that offers after school opportunities throughout the school year such as house sports, Soccer, Student Council, National Honor Society, National Junior Honor Society, Model United Nations, Drama, Chess, Yearbook, and other activities/events.
A non-refundable annual Enrollment fee shall be charged to all students for each year the student is enrolled or any portion thereof. This fee cannot be pro-rated.
A non-refundable annual PTA fee shall be charged to all students for each year the student is enrolled or any portion thereof. This fee cannot be pro-rated.
The non-refundable Administrative Fee shall be charged to all students on a payment plan. Students paying in full at the start of the school year are not subject to this fee.
The non-refundable Capital Levy Fee ( CLF ) is an additional onetime fee for all new students. The CLF may be paid over two years, the first ½ due at the start of year one and the second ½ at the start of year two. The CLF is temporarily waived for students enrolling in the Montessori Kindergarten Program until they move on to grade one, at which time they will be subject to the CLF Fee.
The non-refundable one time Application Fee shall be charged to all new students.
The non-refundable Senior Fee shall be charged to all students entering grade 12 to address graduation and senior activities.