Cabarete-Sosua, Dominican Republic
ISLA Academy is the Dominican Republic's most innovative educational institution, serving students from preschool to 12th grade. Offering an inquiry-based approach to teaching and learning, ISLA focuses on a personalized education for all students, with a heavy emphasis on project-based learning. Students are valued for their individuality but encouraged to learn the skills of collaboration, creativity, and communication. All students have their own laptops and seamlessly integrate technology into their research and presentations. Class sizes are kept purposefully small so that each student has the opportunity for regular one-on-one and small group interaction with their professors. We offer mixed grade classes, with two grade levels per classroom. Each six weeks, our students focus on 1-2 major science or social studies concepts, integrating all other subject areas underneath the main idea. At the close of the six-week unit, the students present their learning and research in the form of their choosing. Examples include dramatic performance, science experiments, social surveys, community service projects, spoken word poetry, online digital applications, board games, and short films.
The ISLA campus is located just steps from one of the most beautiful beaches in the region. There is ample green space, a swimming pool, a student-run garden, compost, and aquaponics system. Roaming amongst the students are a school dog, cat, fish, and chickens. Many of our classrooms are open-air and we encourage our students to do as much learning outside of campus as in.
ISLA Academy is located in one of the most beautiful areas of the Caribbean. Cabarete-Sosua is famous for its beautiful beaches, abundant water sports, and proximity to nature. There is a vibrant expat community, with ample opportunities for nightlife, exploring nature, and volunteerism. An international airport is only ten minutes away.