Frequently Asked QuestionsInternational Academy of San Antonio

If you have questions about our International Academy of San Antonio, we have compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions to help you find the answers you need. 

What curriculum will the International Academy of San Antonio use?

IASA is a member of the Common Ground Collaborative, an international collection of private schools. This exceptional group is designing a curriculum for real-world learning where students will explore engaging, imaginative assignments with a guided-inquiry approach to instruction. The program includes focusing on the six “human commonalities” that define modern life: 

  • Imagination and creativity
  • Personal identity
  • Purpose and balance
  • Patterns and principles
  • Sustainability, and 
  • Systems and literacy

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What is an International School?

There are over 300 International Schools across the world. These private schools have a global, international focus with English as the primary language of instruction. The staff typically have international experience and backgrounds and often speak multiple languages. Students can expect a world-class curriculum, instruction in multiple languages, and a creative and inspiring learning environment. 

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What will the instructional day look like?

The IASA school day will be from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday – Friday, excluding holidays and the summer. IASA will feature small classes and a family-like environment. The instructional staff to student ratio (teachers and instructional aides) will be no more than 15 to 1. We will teach academic courses in English (three days per week) and Spanish (two days per week). We will teach all electives in English. Additionally, students will have physical education options daily. Electives will include the fine arts and coding each week. The goal of the instructional program is to offer students an extraordinary learning experience designed to foster authentic learning that is relevant and meaningful.

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What electives does IASA offer?

IASA will offer a variety of learning options including:

  • Spanish dual language
  • Coding
  • Physical education including gym, basketball, soccer, and swimming
  • Mindfulness integrated throughout the day
  • Local and state field trips
  • Outdoor education (upper grades)
  • Fine arts including music, painting, dance, and drama

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How is student progress measured?

We give students a short benchmark assessment in math and reading during the application process. Parents and guardians will receive monthly progress reports and updates on student academics, physical activity, and social/emotional learning. Upper grade students will be eligible to take a nationally normed assessment, if desired, to see how they are doing in comparison to their peers. 

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What is the staff like at IASA?

The Head of School is Dr. Raul Hinojosa, a dynamic, experienced administrator in three international schools as well as several public schools in Texas. The Director of Curriculum and Instruction is Danielle Wierzbicki, coming to us from the International School of Luxemburg where she is a curriculum specialist and supervisor. All facilitators and staff are 100% bilingual (English and Spanish) and facilitators have at least five years teaching experience in the elementary and/or middle school grades. 

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How many spaces are available?

IASA has 100 spaces in grades K-5 available for the 2019-2020 school year (availability is always subject to change). The school will add a grade each year until the school is a K-8 campus. 

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What age does my child need to be to attend your school?

IASA is for students in grades K–5. Children applying to IASA should be at least five years of age by September 1.

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Where is IASA located?

The International School of San Antonio will be located in the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Campus of the Jewish Community of San Antonio. The physical address is 12500 NW Military Highway, San Antonio, TX 78231 (the school entrance is on the south side of the building). The school occupies two floors with 15 classrooms including a science lab, offices, and use of the facility recreational spaces and meeting rooms. Note Bene: While located inside of the Weinberg Campus, this is not a Jewish day school or a charter school. IASA is a private school with selected enrollment. 

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Is there before-school and/or after-school care available?

Yes. Before school care is included in tuition from 7:30 to 8:00 a.m. After school care is available from 3:30 to 6:00 p.m. for an additional fee through the Jewish Community Center (JCC) after school program that serves students from multiple schools in the surrounding area. 

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Is lunch available?

IASA is working with several local meal providers to secure a lunch option for students. 

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Can my child visit the school before their scheduled visit?

We are getting your new school ready this summer and we do not invite children to come to the school prior to their application visit. We do recommend that you mention the scheduled application visit to the child in advance to help prepare them for the experience. 

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Can parents come for a visit?

We invite all interested families to the admissions open houses beginning in June. We will explain the admissions process, and parents can tour the campus. Open house dates include:

  • Wednesday, June 19 at 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 29 at 6:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, July 23 at 10:00 a.m. or 5:00 p.m.
  • Monday, July 29 at 6:00 p.m.

You can also call the school to schedule a tour at your convenience. 

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How much is the tuition?

Full tuition is $12,000 with payment plans available. Partial limited scholarship opportunities are available. 

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How much is the application fee?

The application fee is $25 and is non-refundable. 

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How does my child receive a scholarship?

Limited scholarships are available to students whose families demonstrate financial need (up to 25% off tuition). All those interested in applying for a scholarship must fill out the financial information form during the admissions process. 

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Who is BRAINATION, Inc.?

BRAINATION, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit located in San Antonio, TX. Founded in 1998, BRAINATION operates ten schools across Texas in a variety of settings, including the Anne Frank Inspire Academy in San Antonio. The International Academy of San Antonio will be our third private school. 

If you have additional questions, please call the IASA Office at 210-638-5200.

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