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New program! English (with Spanish) for 3 and 4 year olds!
IST is now enrolling for 2013-14 for an English/Spanish class for 3 and 4 year olds. In this new offering for IST, preschool students will learn skills and content in English for most of the day and, additionally, will be taught one hour of Spanish per day from a native speaker. Call (520) 406-0552 or email email@example.com for more information.
2013 Language Immersion Summer Camp for Spanish, Chinese, French, and German: June 3-July 26
IST is now enrolling for our language-immersion summer camp for children ages 3-12. The camp runs for eight weeks, June 3-July 26, and students can sign up for any amount of weeks. The cost is $200 per week if you sign up before May 1. Children ages 3-5 receive all-day language immersion (half-day is also available). Children ages 5-12 receive a half day of language immersion and a half day of activities, including sports, music, science, and art. Call (520) 406-0552 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up.
2013-14 Language Immersion International Program: Preschool and Junior School
IST is now enrolling for our celebrated language-immersion international school. For children ages 3-5, students learn skills and content in our international preschool curriculum in Chinese, French, German, or Spanish. In our Junior School (grades 1-5), students are taught in our dual-immersion international Primary Years Programme (precursor to the I.B. programme) curriculum: Students learn skills and content half the day in one of our five languages (English, Chinese, French, German, or Spanish) and half the day in another language. Call 406-0552 or email email@example.com for more information.
Spanish Play Groups are forming NOW for April 8-May 6, 2013
IST is now enrolling for a parent/child play group for Spanish language. The play group is led by IST teacher Lucy Gardner, who is a native Spanish speaker and fluent in English. Led by Sra. Gardner, parents and children will play learning games while Sra. Gardner begins speaking Spanish to your child. This play group is also a great beginning for parents who wish to enroll their children in IST's acclaimed Spanish language-immersion preschool program. Call (520) 406-0552 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up.
Days and Dates: Every Monday, April 8-May 6, 2013
Time: 2:00-3:00pm, Mondays, at IST, 1701 E. Seneca
Cost: $50 per class (5 weekly sessions)
Following on from our discussion "A Clarification of Terms" .
Should anyone doubt that charter schools are public schools, consider again the matters of funding and control. The state of Arizona recently announced that it is closing four charter schools and considering closing an additional 27. The official reason is that these schools have failed to deliver quality education, although curiously it may have taken 20 or 21 years for this to have been determined. The exact criteria are unclear, although considerable weight seems to have been placed on standardised test scores.
There is no word on how the children who suffered will be helped, or if they can be helped, or of they can enter college or if they will or can succeed at college, or what happens to any missing grades, transcripts and records when charter schools close etc etc.
But back to the point - public district and public charter schools are controlled and funded by politically-elected and politically-appointed people. Priorities and what is accepted, allowed or required can and do change. Only independent schools are truly independent.
Update 13 February 2012 - an Ohio judge rules "that even though [charter] school operators are private corporate entities, they are also "public officials," in that they have received public money and been authorized to operate public schools."