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Trilingual proficiency a priority at new tuition-free prep academy

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The International Charter School of Arizona (ICSA), a tuition-free college preparatory school, will open its doors this August to students in sixth trough eigth grades. The academy will be located at 10460 N. 56th Street in Scottsdale and, just like its private counterpart, International School of Arizona, ICSA will offer a rigorous international program.

The humanities-based curriculum will be used to provide ICSA students a top-tier education. ICSA’s curriculum places a strong emphasis on foreign language proficiency. Students will enroll in a French or Spanish language track, in which they will receive eight hours of accelerated foreign language instruction per week from teachers who are native speakers of the target language. 

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Students will be expected to learn a second language to a fluent level and a third language to an advanced level by the time they graduate from ICSA high school.

Sports and extracurricular activities will also have an international flare.

 “ICSA will provide challenging academic programs that will develop students to their fullest potential and prepare them to succeed on a local and global level,” stated Kris Johnson, the school’s executive director. Johnson has traveled extensively to study best practices at schools throughout Australia, China, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates.   

ICSA is currently working towards becoming an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School. The International Baccalaureate’s mission is to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. 

Enrollment is now open, but space is limited. Parents are invited to enroll their children immediately. For more information about the International Charter School of Arizona, visit or call 602-733-9342.

ICSA focuses on:

– Fostering internationally-minded students through greater understanding and acceptance of other people and cultures

– Developing trilingual proficiency as a means of fostering greater opportunities for global interactions

– Cultivating knowledge, inquiry, and empathy in young people

– Empowering critical thinkers to be prepared for college and beyond.

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