Welcome to our Upper School where students are encouraged to practice critical thinking skills, risk-taking, and develop expert communication and collaborative skills. It’s all a part of integrating the three R’s (reading, writing, and arithmetic) with the Four C’s (communicators, creators, critical thinkers, and collaborators) of learning to achieve the optimal academic outcome. At the core of high school is our holistic approach. Students are provided with sixteen career clusters and an Advisor that develops a Personalized Collegiate Plan which acts as a road map for their educational journey in 9th through 12th grades. At the beginning of each school year students will meet with their advisor, and revisit the plan to guarantee that the required 24 credits and other graduation requirements are being met, and the student is on track. Employing services and resources to guide students as they enter high school is paramount to their success in the future. As an institution, we look at the needs of our 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th-grade students, and endeavor to render to their educational goals. Here are some resources we offer students to guarantee positive academic results:

IsildaIVA High School Course Catalog

  Student OnTrack Forecast.

  Student Personalized Collegiate Plan.

  Collaborate with parents, teachers, students, and advisors for students who are flagged as struggling.

  Measure student’s cognitive presence within the theoretical framework.

  Measure student social presence within the theoretical framework.

9th Grade

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Freshman year is a challenging yet exciting time in a student’s life. It’s a time when they are transitioning from middle to high school, and are discovering and taking on new situations. In particular, increased responsibilities, combined with less supervision and less support can be intimidating. Students enter the 9th grade with many expectations. Choosing a study track and extracurricular activities are sometimes demanding, however they always have the assistance of their advisors. As students settle into freshman year they will be allowed to choose a pathway. For example, should they be interested in marketing they are likely to choose a marketing and management pathway. In addition to studying the regular high school course work, they will study areas of marketing and management from the sixteen career clusters.

10th Grade

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Sophomore year is a time to begin looking at the Prep for the SAT. This is good practice for taking the real SAT. Your Advisors will continue to check and update your Personalized Collegiate Plan to assure you’re on track with credit and courses for graduation. Furthermore, you will be allowed to enroll in AP courses at the beginning of 10th grade. So students who need more challenging courses can opt for AP classes. Also, if you’re planning on attending university in America you can use the AP credit towards your college. The advantage of taking AP coursework is that it reduces the price of university, and springboard your education.

11th Grade

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Junior year is an exciting time, especially with the numerous college tours everywhere. At the beginning of the junior year, your Academic Advisor will meet with you and review your Personalized Collegiate Plan to confirm your graduation date. It documents all of your courses taken from ninth grade to now, and the results of any career inventories you may have taken to date. During this time college tours are offered and any summer programs necessary to help you make decisions regarding a career path. You and your Learning Coach will meet with your advisor regarding designs for your college choices, applications, taking the TOEFL (if necessary), and looking into scholarships both nationally and internationally. Finally, if your choice is the Sat or the ACT your dates will be set so you can do a practice run as early as possible. During the summer of your junior year, you will begin your college application, personal essays, and begin your university search.

12th Grade

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Senior year is probably going to be one of the best years of your life. The first step you’ll take is to get with your Advisor and review your Personalized Collegiate Plan. Here you will confirm all required courses are up to date, and proper credits have been assigned to your school records. If you are a transfer student, this is an important aspect of your high school credit check. In August of your senior year, you will commence the college application process, and get your Early Decision (ED) application completed. So the scores from the SAT/ACT you took in junior year will be included in the ED application. By December and January, you will get your ED results, and you’ll know if you need to continue with additional applications. Moving forward you will face the challenges of finals, then you will look forward to spring break and graduation.

High school is like a ripple in time, a time you can never return to. So all of the experiences are essentially a “rights of passage.” And the idea is for it to be one of the most enjoyable chapters in a student’s life where they grow academically, socially, emotionally, while developing a voice of their own. It’s time to learn about your leadership abilities and become better critical thinkers, communicators, creators, and risk-takers in doing so.
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