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Vladimir C., ISB Parent

What was your journey to Brooklyn and ISB? Why did you choose ISB for your child?

The ISB choice was automatic for us. We were drawn by the innate desire of the administration to educate with the right method and the right tools, while creating the ideal environment where a sense of community, culture, and leadership takes place. My wife and I grew up outside of the United States, and we wanted to ensure our daughters would grow up and develop with an acceptance and appreciation of the world in general. Needless to say, the idea of being taught in French, English, and Spanish was a huge factor for us. Our relatives are from the Americas and speak all three languages. After five years, I maintain it was the right and only choice for us!

What do you love most about ISB? What three words would you use to describe ISB?

ISB is a family. Yes, a big family. We take care of our kids in the best possible manner, but we also take care of each other. I am quite happy with the PYP and IB program. Three words: Unique, Leadership, Ideal.

How have you seen your child grow and develop as a result of his or her experiences at ISB?

My daughters are fearless. Yes, they are grounded and perform quite well in class, but they are inquisitive, engaging, comfortable in any environment, and ready to present, share their ideas and opinions - whether in a family setting or in large gathering. This for me is an ISB SIGNATURE. My daughters love their school. It's a fact. They enjoy their multicultural friends, the faculty, and the staff. At this point, ISB is part of their identity.

Why is it important to you that your child receives a bilingual education?

We speak French as much as we speak English at home. We also speak Haitian creole, my wife and I. Unfortunately for us, both girls understand it now, and are slowly using it as well. We live in an eclectic, pluralistic world. We are originally from countries outside of the United States, and therefore we understand the necessity of exposing our kids to that reality. It is not a choice, it is a must.

Why do you think ISB is exceptional?

ISB has managed to create a sort of village, a community where everyone feels concerned, and where one cares for the other. This is crucial. The environment where our kids spend the majority of their young life must provide this sense of communal security. As far as the education is concerned, it is clear that ISB has achieved a high standard with the IB program and the PYP. Our kids are not just going to school. They are actually being taught to become leaders, to take initiatives, and to assume responsibilities. They learn to work in a team environment where they collaborate, and they also learn to be self-reliant. My insider advice...."give some of your precious time and the school will give back tenfold."

Yolanda M., ISB Parent

What was your journey to Brooklyn and ISB? Why did you choose ISB for your child?

When we started looking for a 3s program for Letizia, she could only speak Spanish. And while a Spanish program was a high priority for us, it was just one of many factors we were focusing on. After visiting various private schools in the area, we settled on ISB and one other school as our top choices. When Letizia was accepted at more than one school, we found that ISB one us over with both its Spanish immersion program, the small class size and the its strong sense of community.

What do you love most about ISB?

One of the things that we love most about ISB is the community of families that make up the school. I would describe ISB as diverse, inclusive, accessible.

How have you seen your child grow and develop as a result of his or her experiences at ISB?

It has been wonderful to see Letizia blossom into a creative and caring young lady at ISB. From her experiences in the classroom she has learned about diversity, awareness of other cultures and a general fondness for learning about a variety of places and people. Without a doubt, Letizia loves her teachers and classmates at ISB.

Why is it important to you that your child receives a bilingual education?

We speak Spanish and some English at home. Although a bilingual education is still important to us, as native Spanish speakers, the need for a strictly bilingual education is less intense than for other non-native speakers. Instead, we see the language component as building on what Letizia has already acquired and supporting her as she picks up new skills, such as reading and writing.

Why do you think ISB is exceptional?

I think ISB is a very unique school, particularly here in New York City. Having not grown up in the United States, it is difficult for us as parents to provide our children with many of the cultural experiences we had in our native countries. Language acquisition was one of those elements for us. Now that Letizia is half-way through kindergarten, it is wonderful to see how ISB has allowed her to continue developing her language skills. But beyond that, we have come to see that the school provides its students with a worldview that is all about inclusiveness, diversity, openness and caring for others. These are all very important elements in the life of a child, particularly one growing up in the fast-paced world of New York City. Additionally, it has been wonderful to experience how the school provides a real sense of community and family. So, even when raising children in this busy and crowded city, ISB is a place where we feel at home and everyone feels like part of our extended family.

 

 

Gustavo A., ISB Parent

What was your journey to Brooklyn and ISB? Why did you choose ISB for your child?

We came 23 years ago to Brooklyn from Mexico City, and thirteen years later Karla came into our lives. As she was growing, the necessity of a bilingual education grows with her. In the beginning, being in an English speaking country it wasn't easy to find good book to read to her or any other material in Spanish that could help us with this journey. As the time passed, we had to make connections with other people in order to find the best education for Karla, and that was when we looked at International School of Brooklyn. To start, the program was in Spanish, and we love the International Baccalaureate program, which we believe is a great education. That was the reason why we choose ISB.

What do you love most about ISB? What three words would you use to describe ISB?

There is many things we love from ISB but the sense of community is what we love most. Community, Education, Professionalism.

How have you seen your child grow and develop as a result of his or her experiences at ISB?

Karla is in 5th Grade (Spanish track) and has been in the program for five years. We have enjoyed seeing her grow independent and flourishing her creativity What she loves most about ISB - without doubt - is the staff and the environment.

Why is it important to you that your child receives a bilingual education?

At home we speak Spanish. We believe that building bridges through communication is possible, and that's why is important to us that our daughter learn other languages.

Why do you think ISB is exceptional?

ISB is a school where you find professionalism, where the wellness of the kids is first. As a parent, it is a place where you find the support you need. This is what make it exceptional; for the parents who are considering ISB, we have to tell that this is the school where you and your kids will find the nurture of the early years and the support in the years to come, along with the programs that open the mind of the students. ISB is the choice to take in consideration.

Donyell T., ISB Parent

What was your journey to Brooklyn and ISB? Why did you choose ISB for your child?

We chose ISB because it checked all of the boxes that we were looking for in an educational setting for our son and our family. We wanted our son to attend a small school that was in close proximity to both of our workplaces. We were looking for a school that valued multiculturalism and diversity. We wanted a school that would nurture and challenge our son academically. We wanted a school that curriculum focused on critical thinking skills. We are extremely happy with our decision to enroll Quinn at ISB.

What do you love most about ISB?

The school community! Krista and I love that it is a small school where the students and parents know the names of the staff and vice versa. It is an environment where the parents feel comfortable discussing their concerns with school administrators and teachers. ISB is place where parents acknowledge each other at drop-offs and pick-ups, even if they have never been formally introduced. ISB is a place where my son looks forward to attending every day.

How have you seen your child grow and develop as a result of his or her experiences at ISB?

Quinn has become a thinker. He is extremely observant and often ask questions about the people, places and things around him. Just the other day, I was reading him a story about King Arthur and Merlin and Quinn stopped me to ask what does "powerless" mean? I explained to him that powerless means that you don't have the ability to change a situation. Quinn said "Oh, like the servants in "Beauty and the Beast," who could not change themselves into people again because of the curse" and I responded "Yes." Krista and I are often amazed at how Quinn actually thinks about a situation and uses some reasoning to reach his conclusions, even if his conclusions may be wrong. Quinn loves that ISB is a school where people come to learn different languages so that they can speak to people who do not understand English.

Why is it important to you that your child receives a bilingual education?

We only speak English at home. However, my wife and I recognized that we live in global society and it would be extremely beneficial for our son to be bilingual. We chose ISB because we knew that he would never be fully bilingual by just taking a foreign language class in middle and/or high school.

Why do you think ISB is exceptional?

ISB is exceptional because it does an amazing job of making children bilingual. Krista and I are amazed by Quinn's understanding of Spanish, even though he had no prior exposure to the language. I would tell parents that if you want your child to be bilingual you should definitely consider sending them to ISB because ISB understands how to support language development and acquisition.

Rahul C., ISB Parent

What was your journey to Brooklyn and ISB? Why did you choose ISB for your child?

I loved the idea of our kids learning a different language. It's such an incredible opportunity for children today in an ever shrinking world. The parents I met were fantastic as well.

What do you love most about ISB?

The community of parents and students. ISB in three words: Passionate, Caring, Community.

How have you seen your child grow and develop as a result of his or her experiences at ISB?

Every few weeks I feel like the kids take another massive leap in their abilities and the school is a major reason for that. My son's favorite part about ISB is his friends.  :)

What language(s) do you speak at home?

English, Hindi, and not enough Spanish!

Why do you think ISB is exceptional?

I think the passion and commitment with which each child is educated and nurtured as part of the ISB family is what makes the program incredibly special.

Anne-Claire G., ISB Parent

What was your journey to Brooklyn and ISB? Why did you choose ISB for your child?

We had heard about ISB from friends and met them in July 2015. The contact we had with the admission team was key for us: welcoming, listening, and willing to know your kids better.

What do you love most about ISB?

We love the way the teachers adapt their programs to your kids. Active listening, adapted program, and diverse environment are the three things I would use to describe ISB.

How have you seen your child grow and develop as a result of his or her experiences at ISB?

They have grown their self-awareness, their self-confidence, their autonomy, and language skills, of course.

Why was it important to you that your child receives a bilingual education?

We speak French at home. They live in the USA, so they must understand the local language as well as the local culture and the education system.

Why do you think ISB is exceptional?

ISB is very diverse and open. They ask a lot of the kids and teach them a good sense of duty, while adapting to the needs of the students. Also, ISB has a good academic program both in French and English.

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Visit ISB for a Spring Tour!

Please join us for one of our weekly spring tours! Whether you are interested in applying for one of our open seats for Fall 2017 or want to get a head start on the 2017-2018 admissions process, we welcome you to come meet our exceptional staff, see our colorful classrooms, and discover our rich Nursery - 8th Grade program.

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Cultural Week 2017

By Jasmine Little On April 19-21, ISB students celebrated Cultural week, an annual tradition that provides an opportunity for our community to come together to discover, celebrate, and honor cultures from around the world. As part of this highly anticipated event, ISB parents, staff, and community members lead over 50 enriching cultural workshops over the

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Postcard Writing for a Cause of Interest

by Melissa Magallanes, ISB Parent On April 28, 2017, for ISB Day of Service, 3rd Graders participated in “Postcard Writing for a Cause of Interest” in the Learning Commons. 3rd Grade French and Spanish Teachers Molida and Karuna prepped the students for this activity beforehand, by having the students look up their representatives and practice the mechanics

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