School Spanish Academies To Highlight Student Achievement At Symposium

Students will showcase their skills while sharing their stories and their successes with the International Spanish Academy (ISA) programs during the first International Spanish Academy Student Symposium, presented by the School District of Palm Beach County’s five ISA schools.

The symposium, scheduled from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 28 at John I. Leonard High School, will feature students from each of the district’s five ISA schools: Berkshire Elementary School, Greenacres Elementary School, New Horizons Elementary School, Okeeheelee Middle School and John I. Leonard High School. The five ISA schools offer two-way immersion in English and Spanish, with 50 percent of each day’s coursework taught in both languages.

During the symposium, six students will give a three-minute presentation on their experiences as dual-language students. Three presentations will be in English, and three will be in Spanish. Before and after the presentations, there will be performances by musicians, dancers and singers from each of the schools.

The ISA schools are members of a worldwide family of dual language immersion schools that are officially sanctioned by the Ministry of Education, Sports & Culture in Madrid, Spain, and go through an intensive screening process before becoming an International Spanish Academy.

Students in Palm Beach County’s five ISA programs begin the study of the Spanish language and cultures in kindergarten and continue through grade 12. Children are introduced to vocabulary and basic grammar to communicate about their school, home, clothes and food.

Students must apply and be selected to attend an ISA school. To learn more about International Spanish Academies and how to apply for the 2017-18 school year, visit the Choice and Career Options page at