International School of Louisiana Recognized as State-Certified World Language Immersion School

The Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE) announced three schools in five locations in Louisiana — including Jefferson Parish’s International School of Louisiana (ISL) — have been designated as State-Certified World Language Immersion Schools. The designation, created through Act 361 of the 2013 Regular Legislative Session, is based on overall excellence in offering high-quality, highly-effective world language immersion learning and teaching.

In addition to the ISL campus in Jefferson Parish (Bunche), other schools recognized are Baton Rouge Foreign Language Academic Immersion Magnet (BR FLAIM) and Westdale Middle School in East Baton Rouge and the other two New Orleans campuses run by ISL, Olivier St. and Camp St.

Schools earning the designation consistently meet criteria developed by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) including high-quality immersion language time, protection of the written and oral forms of the immersion language within teaching time, immersion language teachers possessing native-like fluency, and visibility and recognition of the immersion language throughout the school.

The process to earn the State-Certified World Language Immersion School designation begins with a signed application for the site which includes teaching schedules and evaluation questionnaires from language immersion teachers, English Language Arts teachers at the site, and the principal. Auditors schedule a school visit to verify the application using a rubric. The auditors then meet with the school principal to offer final evaluation of the rubric. A final score of 80 percent or higher on the total number of possible points earns the school the designation of a State-Certified World Language Immersion School.

Each State-Certified World Language Immersion School receives a seal of excellence from BESE to affix to documents, school publication, and letters. The state-certified status is valid from January 2014 through December 2016. All immersion schools, public and private, are eligible to apply for state certification.

For more information, visit the LDOE website.