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."