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The international curriculum at ISPA is designed to reflect the guiding principles of the International Studies course of study. In addition to the study of core subject areas in English, students receive up to three hours of instruction in and through the language of choice: French, Italian, or Spanish. Students pursue studies in literature, history, and geography taught in the target language and are encouraged to work at the highest levels in Honors and Advanced Placement (AP) courses taught in English and in the modern language. This program offers students the opportunity to receive dual recognition of their studies, a U.S. high school diploma and the equivalent diploma from the European country. The goal is to increase student achievement, global awareness and greater emphasis on college and international career preparation. Students will discover a welcoming atmosphere of warmth and security which soon evolves into a diverse and challenging academic environment. The classrooms and learning at ISPA will meet the intellectual, social and physical needs of the students so that the classroom becomes a world of opportunities for student learning and the embracing of the acquisition of knowledge. Students will have the opportunity to work and learn with classmates from different countries, cultures and backgrounds as they continue their studies at ISPA. Dual enrollment will be available and encouraged to allow high school students to earn college credits while attending ISPA. When students graduate from ISPA, they leave not only with a solid educational foundation but they will also take with them a genuine understanding and respect for differences, both cultural and academic.

Students will take part in a eight period day and participate in the following courses:

Subject

Requirement

English

4 credits, with major concentration in composition, reading for information and literature.

Mathematics

4 credits, students will enter ISPA taking Geometry and follow with Algebra II and Pre-calculus.

Science

3 credits, two of which must have a laboratory component

Social Studies

World History Honors
American History
American Government (.5)
Economics (.5)

Modern Language

Students will take Language/Literature and Humanities in the modern language:  French, Italian or Spanish

Elective Courses

1 credit in physical education to include the integration of health
1 credit in Fine or Performing Arts