May 282014
 

The International School of Louisiana'a Camp Street campus.

The International School of Louisiana’a Camp Street campus.

The International School of Louisiana will become the latest New Orleans charter school to offer healthcare benefits to its employees’ same-sex partners, after a vote Wednesday night that board members deemed “symbolic.” Continue reading »

May 212014
 

Principal Melanie Tennyson (right) speaks to other International School administrators in May of 2011. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

Principal Melanie Tennyson speaks to other International School administrators in May of 2011. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

With the departure of its school leader little more than a month away, the International School of Louisiana is preparing to promote the current principal of its Camp Street campus to lead the school system for the next three years. Continue reading »

May 022014
 

Students from the International School of Louisiana perform acrobatics during a circus arts showcase (Della Hasselle, Mid-City Messenger).

Students from the International School of Louisiana Circus Arts program and Andrew Wilson Charter School were among the local schools that were part of the lineup at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival on Thursday, reports Della Hasselle of our sister site, Mid-City Messenger.

Apr 072014
 

Sean Wilson (via isl-edu.org)

Sean Wilson (via isl-edu.org)

Sean Wilson, who as Head of Schools presided over the International School of Louisiana’s long climb into the city’s top tier of open-enrollment charter schools, has been offered the job of leading the International High School next year, leaders there say. Continue reading »

Mar 132014
 

The International School of Louisiana'a Camp Street campus.

The International School of Louisiana’a Camp Street campus.

In a conversation that will be very familiar to parents, the International School of Louisiana is again exploring a wide range of options to ease the overcrowding at its Camp Street campus — from reducing the number of students it accepts each year to leaving the site altogether.

“[Facilities] is one of our biggest issues, as it is for many other charter schools,” said ISL board chair Matthew Amoss during the school’s monthly board meeting Wednesday. “We’re always cramped for space, and we always have way too many people wanting to come to ISL, more than we have spots.” Continue reading »

Feb 252014
 

Independent auditors have raised questions about thousands of dollars of credit card spending at Sophie B. Wright Charter School; Bricolage Academy will spend a second year at its temporary home at Touro Infirmary; and the International School of Louisiana drew the most early applications of any school under the city’s new OneApp admissions process, according to recent reports. Continue reading »

Feb 082014
 
Teacher Elena Countiss helps Austyn Millet, 8, and  Aidan  Sierra, 8,  in a 2nd grade Spanish immersion classroom at the The International School of Louisiana Wednesday afternoon. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Teacher Elena Countiss helps Austyn Millet, 8, and Aidan Sierra, 8, in a 2nd grade Spanish immersion classroom at the The International School of Louisiana in 2010. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

The International School of Louisiana has been designated as one of the first state-certified World Language Immersion Schools, officials announced. The school will be given the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education seal of excellence for the quality and methods of teaching language immersion classes to children in New Orleans and Jefferson parish. Continue reading »

Dec 042013
 

The International School of Louisiana'a Camp Street campus.

The International School of Louisiana’a Camp Street campus.

A renovation project designed to seal the International School of Louisiana building on Camp Street from water intrusion and remove lead paint from its windows has yet to begin months behind schedule, and school officials are unsure whether the current plans preserve the historic nature of the building or when they will even begin.

The renovation project is being coordinated by the Recovery School District and includes replacing the roof, repairing cracks in the outside walls and repairing or replacing the windows and doors to seal the building from water intrusion during rainstorms, among other items, said Aviva Le, the facilities director at the International School. During heavy rains, Le has to set up “irrigation systems” in certain classrooms to control the water coming in, she said. Continue reading »

Jun 262013
 

The International School of Louisiana’a Camp Street campus.

Bureaucratic hoops have delayed the installation of modular classrooms at the International School of Louisiana’s Camp Street campus beyond the hope of having them in place for the start of the next school year, suggesting that some students will spend the first month or so of school traveling to the Westbank for classes, officials said Wednesday. Continue reading »

Jun 172013
 

After an initial budget proposal that showed a $700,000 shortfall, the International School of Louisiana held a public hearing on a balanced $16 million budget that increases fundraising expectations but reduces spending on counseling services and recalculates employee benefits, according to a report by Emmanuel Felton of The Lens.

May 222013
 

The International School of Louisiana’a Camp Street campus.

The number of International School of Louisiana students at the Camp Street campus who passed state standardized tests showed another slight increase this year, officials said, and praised the scores recorded at the Jefferson Parish expansion campus as a “familiar” baseline to start from.

“We knock it out of the park in terms of where the state is, where the parishes are,” said Head of Schools Sean Wilson at Wednesday night’s board meeting. “It doesn’t mean we rest on our laurels. It means we now look at where we can improve.” Continue reading »

May 112013
 

The batteries on the solar panels that power the school-zone lights have died on both sides of the International School of Louisiana, and parents and school officials are both concerned that a student could get hurt if they aren’t repaired, reports Bill Capo of our partners at WWL-TV.

Apr 242013
 

An aerial view of the ISL campus. The modular classrooms are planned for the grass-and-dirt area on the Magazine Street side of the school, a field currently used for soccer and other sports. (image via Google Maps)

Neither the leaders of the International School of Louisiana nor their closest neighbors are particularly happy about the decision, but modular buildings appear to be the only available solution remaining to ease the overcrowding expected at the Camp Street campus next year.

Now, the primary question left to answer is how long the modulars will stay on the Magazine Street side of the campus — two years, five, or much longer? Continue reading »

Apr 242013
 

The International School of Louisiana’a Camp Street campus.

With little time to find an emergency solution to overcrowding at its Camp Street campus, the International School of Louisiana will install a modular classroom on a rear corner at Magazine and Euterpe, officials announced to neighbors this week. Continue reading »

Apr 132013
 

The property on Thalia Street, no longer available for use by ISL. (UptownMessenger.com file photo)

A hard-won plan to create a satellite building for the International School of Louisiana’s Camp Street campus in a Thalia Street office complex fell through this week when the site was unexpectedly sold, officials said. Continue reading »

Jan 162013
 



The building in the 1500 block of Thalia being considered as a satellite site for the International School of Louisiana. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The International School of Louisiana is set to begin negotiating a lease for a building on Thalia Street that could create 10 classes for its fourth- and fifth-grade students next year, easing overcrowding at its main Camp Street campus for the foreseeable future and ending a controversy that three months ago had many parents considering leaving the school. Continue reading »

Dec 132012
 

The building in the 1500 block of Thalia being considered as a satellite site for the International School of Louisiana. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The International School of Louisiana is growing increasingly interested in an office building on Thalia Street a short walk from the Camp Street campus as a way to ease crowding issues there, but school leaders are also beginning to see it as a stepping stone to a larger new campus for the school several years down the road. Continue reading »