Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is ISSA a licensed facility? 

A: Yes, the International School of San Antonio is a licensed child care center that meets and exceeds the Minimum Standards set by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.

The ISSA team is dedicated to delivering service excellence and the highest standards of safety, health, and education.

Q: What are the benefits of a mixed-age classroom?

A: Older kids have the opportunity to teach younger children things that they already know, like how to button a jacket or count to twenty. Younger children have more examples to learn from. Additionally, there is less pressure on children when they are with a group of children who are not all the same chronological age. Children can develop at their own pace. Children who succeed academically, but struggle with social interactions often do better with younger peers. Very bright children who need a challenge often do well in the role of “teacher’s helper” with younger peers. Many highly respected early childhood approaches, including the Montessori Methods, use a mixed age classroom.

Q: What is your approach to classroom management?

A: Having a peaceful classroom that enables learning starts with a predictable schedule that children can follow. Rules must be concrete enough for young children to understand. Logical consequences (e.g. cleaning one’s own mess) are often effective in correcting negative behaviors.

Q: What is your approach to art?

A: Much of what happens in traditional preschool and kindergarten art classes is really about practicing fine motor skills and developing hand-eye coordination, preparing children for writing and creating more art. Children will have the opportunity to make their own creative works during center time. Our Core Knowledge curriculum also includes art appreciation.

Q: Will Spanish classes also be immersion-style?

A: Yes, Spanish classes will also be immersion-style.

Q: How will children learn to read in English?

A: Reading starts with speech. It is important to show awareness of sounds before learning how to read. Children will learn how to read in English through systematic phonics instruction. Part of reading is also having a large vocabulary, knowledge about the world, and knowledge of the sophisticated sentence structures used in books but not speech. This comes from listening to stories read by teachers, parents and other caregivers.

Q: Are the French and Chinese programs aligned?

A: Yes, the French and Chinese programs are aligned under the Core Knowledge Program. Children will broadly learn the same things. The Chinese program will include stories and songs from China and the region in Chinese language arts. The French program will include stories and songs from the French-speaking world as part of its language arts instruction. Both programs will teach developmentally appropriate history and geography of the Chinese-speaking and French-speaking worlds, respectively.

Q: Is the International School of San Antonio religiously affiliated?

A: No, the International School of San Antonio is not religiously affiliated.