Tucson International School
Rating: 4.5 stars 10 reviews
Location: 1730 North First Avenue Tucson AZ 85719 USA
Results: "Confucius Classroom" with the government of China; "Partner School" with the government of Germany; top-performing elementary school in the "Grand Concours" US national French contest; top "Primary" (K - G3) in Southern Arizona Chess
Target demographics: We serve all of Pima County, expatriates and other temporary residents. We uniquely serve the full socio-economic range - perhaps one-third of our students would qualify for free or reduced-price lunches if they were in a public school.
Direct beneficiaries per year: Approximately 40 students or one-third of the school's population receive some form of financial aid.
Geographic areas served: Cities of Tucson, Oro Valley, Sahuarita, Green Valley etc - all of Pima County
Programs: We are the only school in Arizona offering an international program taught to international standards with immersion Chinese, French, German and Spanish. We are the only school offering such opportunities to Arizona students.
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Really a gem of a language school for kids! I've seen many children who when their parents come to pick them up after school do not want to leave. The school is fun but not a playschool; its focus is educating children to be fluent in at least a second language (some children speak three languages fluently because of immersion programs at IST). The exterior of the school is not pretentious; I've heard that some parents are put off with the non-flashy appearance. Make no mistake; inside is a thriving and top notch education facility. The school fees include all extra-curicular activities: soccer, chess, science,basketball,music and so on. There are a multitude of field trips: political, botannical, industrial, municipal, musical, artistic, etc. The children learn all aspects of local and global perspectives including interaction with people of different cultures and backgrounds. IST is unexceptionable!
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
seeing my grandson and other students interact with one another; they are taught good manners and the respect of other individuals like themselves or people that are differenct.
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
donate some money to the school so that the exterior buildings and grounds could be more attractive. Otherwise, I can't see how the programs and the running of the school could be better; the administrators and staff are of high scholastic background; and the hiring of every teacher and staff member is meticulously scrutinized and screened.