In the first of our ten-essay series by parents of students at public schools in Mid-City, Alex DeLarge writes about her children’s experience at International School of Louisiana (Dixon Campus).

Mid-City, like New Orleans as a whole, has many public school options for families – from a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) focused school, to a career center, to an International Baccalaureate (IB) school, to schools with long, venerable New Orleans legacies, and more.

In this series, we hear from parents themselves on why their child’s school is right for them.

A Passport To The World: Why We Chose International School of Louisiana for Our Children

When my two daughters are at school, they learn and talk in Spanish all day long. My older daughter has just one academic block—English Language Arts—that is taught in English, as if it were an elective, the way Spanish or French would be at a different school. In sixth grade, she’ll gain another elective: Mandarin Chinese. Middle school brings more classes taught in English, but for the elementary level, their academic day is fully immersed in Spanish or French, depending on the student’s track.

Right away, my husband and I were drawn to the International School of Louisiana (ISL) because . . .

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