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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education, Primary & Elementary Schools

Mission: Education for an International Community, Language Immersion, Values for a Global Society

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.

Community Stories

2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Rating: 5

We have been at IST for four years and couldn't be happier. The program is exciting for the children and academically demanding. But they don't notice the demands because they are enjoying what they are doing so much. They are learning another language and they have friends and teachers from all over the world. The teachers are excellent and all three principals are just wonderful. The preschool principal and junior school principal are just wonderful. They know the children and they are always available to parents. IST also has lots of clubs from chess to basketball to science to piano and guitar. We want our children to be happy, and to have fun, and to be academically challenged. IST gives all this and more.


Rating: 5

IST is a great school that provides a unique and quality education to children with limited resources. I think any resources donated would be used very well and really make a difference.