The Louisiana State Department of Education and the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) has recognized ISL based on its overall excellence in offering high quality, highly effective world language immersion learning and teaching. ISL was also commended as a school that consistently adheres to guidelines governing time of daily instruction in the immersion language, protects the written and oral forms of the immersion language, employs teachers who possess native-like fluency, offers professional development on best practices for immersion language, and creates written policies that enhance the immersion learning and teaching.
As one of the first schools to reach State-Certified World language Immersion School status, ISL will serve as model school and will receive the BESE seal of excellence. ISL's state-certified status will be valid from January 2014 through December 2016 and will be posted on the Louisiana Department of Education's website.
International School of Louisiana (ISL) was named 2007's “Charter School of the Year” by the Center for Education Reform. ISL is the only tuition-free, multi-language immersion school in Louisiana. Students at ISL are introduced to the world’s rich cultural heritage through a rigorous and expansive education taught in either French or Spanish. At ISL children learn a second language naturally, through everyday conversation and classroom instruction. With its emphasis on international awareness, the celebration of diversity and community responsibility, ISL's unique curriculum strengthens basic academic skills as it prepares students for success in today's worldwide marketplace.