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About This School
Contact Information (School Year 2018—19)
Last updated: 1/31/2019
School Description and Mission Statement (School Year 2018—19)
Educate all children toward becoming conscientious, compassionate, and responsible citizens of the world.
A world of understanding
Internationalism ~ Inquiry ~ Understanding ~ Success
The world is our home. We will make it better.
WHO WE ARE
A successful school created to…
Bring worldclass international education to a public school setting.
Integrate best practices, established standards, and an international curriculum.
Maintain a multicultural environment that advances understanding of and respect for all.
Promote strong partnerships among school, home, and community.
Outstanding teachers who…
Foster the holistic growth of each student.
Apply learning to the real world.
Maintain high expectations in the classroom.
Continue professional development.
Thriving students who…
Think freely and believe in self.
Develop personal potential.
Connect with the world.
Involved parents who…
Maintain high expectations at home.
Express enthusiasm for learning.
Participate in each child’s learning every day.
Support the school.
In 1998, a small group of educators and parents began collaborating to create the International School of Monterey. ISM welcomed its first classes in grades K-3 in August 2001. The 2018-2019 year marks the school’s 18th year of operation. From its home on the Manzanita School site in Seaside, ISM serves 418 K-8 students from its surrounding Monterey County communities, maintaining average student-teacher ratios of 20:1 in grades K-1, 22:1 in grade 2, and 25:1 in grades 3-8.
ACADEMICS & ACCREDITATION
ISM's board members and employees dedicate themselves to the school's mission to “educate all children toward becoming conscientious, compassionate, and responsible citizens of the world.” ISM is both an International School—one of nearly two thousand in more than 140 countries across the globe—and a public charter school—one of more than a thousand in California. With this unique combination, following three years of candidacy, in summer 2014 ISM earned authorization as an IB World School offering the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme in grades K-5 and the Middle Years Programme in grades 6-8. This makes ISM part of a network of nearly 4,000 IB World Schools in 149 countries. IB World Schools share a common philosophy—a commitment to high quality, challenging, international education (see IBO.org).
In 2008, ISM earned accreditation from the prestigious Council of International Schools—the first public charter school among 420 CIS-accredited schools in the world and the only public school among 10 in the United States. CIS accreditation recognizes that the school has “achieved high standards of professional performance in international education and has a commitment to its continuing improvement." Also fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, ISM teaches toward its vision of “a world of understanding” through academic commitments to internationalism and understanding; a broad-based curriculum that includes the arts, physical education, and Spanish beginning in kindergarten; and an inquiry-based-instruction model that fosters student curiosity, initiative, and lifelong learning skills.
Both CIS and WASC renewed ISM's accreditation for five years through 2023 following a comprehensive visit by both organizations along with IB MYP and PYP teams in Spring 2018.
At ISM, constant student engagement and enthusiasm in their own education serve as the strongest indicators of student success. ISM believes that young students who actively participate in shaping their own learning through the inquiry process will become lifelong learners capable of succeeding in any endeavor. The evidence is seen in student achievements in area programs and competitions such as the Monterey County and California State Science Fairs, National History Day, the Tech Challenge at The Tech Museum in San Jose, Monterey County Mathletics, the National Steinbeck Center's Young Authors program, and more.
Though the school focuses on holistic learning and does not “teach to the test” as has been the norm in many schools, ISM students do complete the same tests as other public school students, and they perform quite well. ISM's achievement level for English Language Arts/Literacy and Mathematics exceeds state, county, and district averages.
Last updated: 1/31/2019
Student Enrollment by Grade Level (School Year 2017—18)
|Grade Level||Number of Students|
Last updated: 1/31/2019
Student Enrollment by Student Group (School Year 2017—18)
|Student Group||Percent of Total Enrollment|
|Black or African American||14.6 %|
|American Indian or Alaska Native||18.5 %|
|Hispanic or Latino||32.9 %|
|Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander||6.0 %|
|Two or More Races||26.9 %|
|Student Group (Other)||Percent of Total Enrollment|
|Socioeconomically Disadvantaged||28.5 %|
|English Learners||8.9 %|
|Students with Disabilities||3.6 %|
|Foster Youth||0.0 %|