Parents Review ILA
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Our Boys Don't Want To Come Home
The Kids Behave Wonderfully
Our youngest daughter is in her second year of PreK with ILA and we are delighted with her progress. She speaks French with confidence, and loves going to school. She cried when classes ended last summer.
Our daughter has also been learning to read in English at school and making great progress. The thing we love most about ILA (and there is a lot to love) is that kids are permitted to progress by ability - age doesn't play into what educational opportunities they are allowed. Students learn in groups of mixed ages, which has been shown to reduce bullying. My child is interested in learning to read and ILA has made sure she has the opportunity. The kids also have computer lessons and learn Spanish on Wednesdays (and I am surprised at how much my child has learned). She is able to learn ballet from a professional ballerina and ILA offers other classes, like Mad Science, after school - no driving to lessons. The after school care for working parents is affordable and prioritizes exercise and art and I am thrilled with the amount of time she spends playing in the forest or on the school's play structure and working with various art projects. When we cannot get her from school right away, we don't worry because we know she's happy, with her friends, engaging in free play outside.
ILA doesn't tolerate rudeness or bullying at school, and their rules seem to carry over into after school life. Even at birthday parties, we have noticed the kids behave wonderfully. We love ILA.
The Warner Family
So Happy We Found ILA!
We are so happy that we found ILA! Our kids (4 and 7) are both thriving there, and after just 6 months both can follow and respond to conversations entirely in French. The class sizes are wonderfully small—12-14—and the students get individual attention and work at their own pace so that they are always challenged. We love the French calendar of 7 weeks of traditional academics followed by 2 weeks of culture immersion, which includes cooking, art, music, and, most recently, Native American culture. Even during the academic weeks, the curriculum includes lots of time for music, art, Spanish, and PE, and except during the worst weather, kids play outside several times a day. On a recent unseasonably nice day, they brought their notebooks out into the woods and drew and wrote about the spring flowers they found, then brought some samples inside to view under a microscope. These types of integrated studies that incorporate science and art or math and music are what makes ILA such a great school. The teachers are fantastically creative and nurturing, and they challenge the students to achieve their best both academically and socially. You know you’ve found the right place when the kids always look forward to going to school in the morning and ask “why’d you pick me up so early—can’t we stay a little longer?” when we pick them up in the afternoon.
Susan and Jeff TRIPP ( Sarah and Félix's parents)
'ILA is a Wonderful School'
Felicia ( Lachlan's mom) Lachl 4an is years old
Learned So Much
My wife and I have known both Massene Mboup and Patricia Raclot both Teachers and founders of the ILA International Leadership Academy School from many years ago when they first came to Oregon as Teachers at the French American School in Portland. We were excited to hear that they had planned to start a school that would include all their experience and dedication in teaching. ILA has been a wonderful experience for our daughter , who has learned so much. Our daughter has learned quite a bit in just her first year of pre-school knowing many French songs, and are actually having short conversations in French with a comprehensive understanding. ILA is great opportunity for any child to learn from Teachers who have traveled from faraway places who can share experiences which help to motivate and spark interests. Lance and Fatima Zenner
'I Couldn't Be Happier'
Nyamma is really thriving this year and I couldn't be happier. This is a more structured environment than I had her in and I think it suits her much better. I have noticed some big changes in her attitude toward learning. Overall, Nyamma enjoys being at school.
'My Kids Really Seem to Enjoy Each Day'
The only important thing to us is that our children Alex and Luc really seem to enjoy each day. What more can a parent ask for? It's a growing thing - you are a new school and we are new parents. So it works out well. The flexibility is very important to us. We feel great about the communication and the teachers are very approachable.
Of course, selfishly we wish you were closer to town. It's a bit far and the kids play on concrete not grass. But we feel safe in the environment there. They have learned A LOT since being at ILA. And we are very happy with our choice.
The classroom is fine - it isn't fabulous in terms of organized or equipped. But they love the bikes and toys. We don't know what the situation is with others that are using the facility at other times - so are not sure why things can get lost so easily with only a few children enrolled?
We have no complaints and feel they are getting a very well rounded education and are happy for the teachers and our children.
And one more thing - all of the teachers and assistants seem very committed to the journey!
Debbie and Christian, parents of Alex and Luc
'My Daughter is Excelling at ILA'
I am thrilled to have my daughter at ILA. She excels there. There is not a day that goes by when she is in school that she does not tell me something new and exciting that she has learned or done in class. ILA encourages her growth and development as not only a student but a global citizen. They show her ways of seeing things from a multitude of perspectives. The curriculum has a solid base in the educational basics but goes further, adding philosophy, whole body health and third language classes. I highly recommend ILA for any family looking to provide the absolute best for their children.
Mother of Qahara (age 4)
'Learning on Very Deep Levels'
Since our change from another French school in town to the International Leadership Academy, we have nothing but positive things to say. My daughters, who were so ready to learn how to read but weren’t yet accomplishing it, are now advancing exponentially towards word and sound recognition, all thanks to the regular efforts of Madame Natacha, Madame Patricia and Madame Cary. It is truly a group effort at ILA, where the teachers work together to observe and guide student’s individual progress, all the while encouraging them to push themselves to work harder, within the framework of what is possible. The expertise of Madame Patricia offers a very well-rounded curriculum that is based in a context that connects all of the children in the school, which produces precise knowledge at the different developmental ages, as well as a true school community, from the littlest ones up to the parents! One of my daughters loves her Spanish class with Madame Ana, and my other daughter is delighted with Monsieur Ben’s technology class. Monsieur Marc, with his outstanding musical skill and affable nature with children, spends a good deal of time at ILA, which offers them the necessary time to really learn the foundations of music. And at the heart of the school, Monsieur Massene, my daughters are learning on very deep levels the cultural power of stories and tales in addition to the importance of body movement, while discovering soccer with a champion! As an educator, mother, and bilingual person, I am very excited to recommend this school to others.
Lisa(Josephine & Olivia's mom)
'Appreciates Each and Every Student'
Our son LOVES learning. The Montessori that he attended while he was 2 - 3 yrs old treated him like a daycare student that he was not. ILA appreciates
each and every student and loves pushing them to the nth degree. French was not a language that my husband and I were familiar with amongst the 6 others that we either know well or are fluent in (for myself it includes: Danish, Swedish, Latin, Spanish and a smattertering of french and mostly German between my spouse and myself.
We now have 2 kids and it we will undoubtedly send our daughter here this fall too who will turn 2.5 yrs old. The culture of this french learning system is ultimately what earned us their confidence, but when.... we met the school's leaders the summer that we signed our first child up,... we felt that they answered all of our concerns and questions with the weight, attention to curriculum and love for learning that we ourselves coveted.
Each class has a different professor which leaves the children more than excited about the day's subject matter/text. My now 3.5 yr old LOVES to tell me about how he learned THIS in Spanish class, THIS in MUSIC, THIS in French, THIS in English, THIS in Computers and THIS....... in Critical Thinking Class.
We still have yet to mention the Art, Science, English & Social Studies courses that they brilliantly meld into the 1st yrs. Every hour of every, did I mention EVERY day involves one independent teacher after another? That individualized attention to each small group of children is the way that I try for my own two children. Currently I hold a Masters in K - 12 Art as well as a K - 6 Elementary position here in Oregon. I even as a result of my teachings, support and would love to proport their school system as a whole. They are not only interested in enrolling new students of the world, but allowing their students on all tiers ( PS - Elem) to form themselves to individualistic & self-thinking individuals that we need for the democratic nation that will truly serve the new nation that we need to survive and prosper. We can hope for nothing more for our children than TRUE choices and ultimately a TRUE DEMOCRACY that will support a true democracy. This school does a beautiful job educating our children a range of possibilities that exist world-wide for political stances. Even though this school's practicises mirror our NE coast strict practice of "go, go, GO (In a WONDERFUL !) and ALWAYS individualized and enthusiastic stance!!!!
Please feel free to provide any questions you have to me or the staff!! I
am both K -12 art Qualified as well as K-6 Elementary qualified. I love how EASY
and AFFORDABLE the school makes it to learn French as adults as the kids 🙂
Kristin (Hudson's mom)
The School Has Been a Tremendous Asset In Our Lives
"I want to thank you & Massene for creating ILA & investing so much of yourselves in the education of your students. I have been so impressed with the quality of instruction, both academic & in terms of values education. The school has been a tremendous asset in our lives. I am so grateful for the wonderful gifts provided on a daily basis to both of my children & wish that I were in a position to do more to express my gratitude to the two of you & to the entire staff. Please know that the depth of my gratitude extends well beyond the confines of my purchasing power & if there is anything I can do to help the school in anyway, please let me know."
The Children Participate in Their Own Learning
Communicating To Us In French
This Experience Has Enriched Her Life
'Exceptional curriculum and cultural experiences'
International Leadership Academy is an outstanding French Immersion school for Preschool through 5th grade. ILA is led and taught by brilliant, compassionate and dedicated teachers who take great pride and care in optimizing our children's education. My husband and I couldn't be more happy with this caring environment rich with exceptional curriculum and cultural experiences. We feel honored to be a part of this wonderful community of teachers and families and we feel ongoing pride in the quick advancement both of our boys have made and continue to make at this school.
-Nick & Jennifer Blankl
'...The Love That Flows'
Our experience at ILA has been amazing. We are constantly surprised by the amount of growth in Amelia every day, the love that ﬂows between the students and the teachers, and the exposure that Amelia receives from the school because of learning in a multicultural environment. I cannot think of another school in the neighborhood that offers French, Arabic, and Spanish inﬂuences.
My husband and I also appreciate how well the teachers treat Amelia, as well as having patience with our two year old son when he interrupts the classroom to be with his sister. We will enroll our son next year so he can be part of this amazing family! We feel that Amelia is not only learning her numbers and letters at an exceptional rate but that she is learning about the vast world around her. That there are places in the world, such as Africa, where people live close to lions or giraffes! She loves Massene's stories about the African safari. Teacher Marc also reminds us of Mr. Noodle from sesame street; what a fun group of teachers.
Overall, our experience as parents and Amelia's experience as a student has been not only been enjoyable but impressive as well. We highly recommend enrolling in ILA for your child. It would be a life changing experience that could open up so many doors for your child in the future.
That Special Teacher/Student Connection....
I have honestly not seen two teachers/school directors who know and love their students to this extent!
They both simply adore each student and give them that special attention that I want my children to get from the teachers with them, when I'm not. I was in awe to see Massene actually playing basketball with his students. Who does this? The students know that they matter!
And to hear Patricia proudly go on about her beautiful students - the students of ILA literally are loved!
The students are so close knit and I was so surprised to see how the older students knew who the younger students were. Mentoring at it's best! WOW is all I have to say!
Melanie De Silva
'We're thrilled' We are thrilled to have the ILA in our neighborhood. As disappointed as we were of the closure of the Portland French school, we are equally excited to be a part of the new French Immersion program that ILA has to offer. Last summer, our children enjoyed the pastry making camp in French while making new friends. Although currently attending a different school, both our daughters are taking advantage of ILA's afterschool program. And even their father is now enrolled in the adult evening class! It's a family affair....c'est une affaire de famille! Merci ILA! Edith and Tim, parents of Chloe' and Lili
Great School to the Benefit of All
Our daughter Rosie is four years old. She happily attends another great school in the area. So, for the sake of French learning we started Rosie very tentatively with some classes at ILA. She tried afterschool classes with Monsieur Massene and Monsieur Marc. Because English is a second language for Rosie (we speak Bulgarian at home) and she had difficulties adapting to school in a first place we had our doubts and trepidations. To our relieve she loved both classes a lot but when after her very first French music class she started to sing and imitate French words we decided to sign her up for Monsiur Marc’s music class. She has been in the music class for a second semester and her enthusiasm for Monsieur Marc and French is only growing. The fact is that learning language at this age through music and the arts has been an amazing developmental benefit for Rosie. So much so that we have decided to enroll as a regular student at ILA for the new academic year 2012/13. But this is not all. This school is infectious. I have also started, just to keep up with my daughter, to take French lessons at my spare time. Thanks to the great efforts and personal sacrifices of Monsieur Massene and Madame Patricia our community can have this great school to the benefit of all. Thank you guys!
Martin Lazaroff, CPA
'A Joyful and Creative School Experience'
I really appreciate the diverse environment that I am dropping Amelia off to. I love that when Amelia gets to the playground before class she is swarmed by the other kids in her class and they all give her hugs and say they are so happy to see her, boys and girls! What a joy to see that as a parent!
The environment in class is warm and charming, with the children's art hanging on the walls. I can see how much Amelia is learning. The teachers have me take home her work notebook so that I can see her progress. The other day, I asked her if she can spell her name and she was so excited and simply spelled it out for me! I can see her growing every day and learning her skills not only in English but French as well! I feel that she is being challenged mentally in many different categories and she is also learning in a comfortable and safe environment.
What I love the most is that when I pick Amelia up at half day she does not want to leave. She wants to stay with her friends and keep learning. The children all respect and support one another and the teachers show the children the right balance of care and discipline. Massene adds a whole other level of fun when he plays soccer with the children on the court or basketball. How refreshing for my children to play and learn from teachers that were born in another country, even another continent! This type of exposure is very important to my husband and me. By going to this school Amelia is learning to view the world from many different angles, not just from Lake Oswego or Portland, Oregon.
I am proud to support this school. Everyone, from the parents to the staff all work together to make this school experience a joyful and creative one. Good work teachers and staff!!
Nicole (Amelia's mom)
So far this is exactly what I wanted for Amelia. A low teacher to child ratio, lots of love from the students (no bullies) and exposure to French. She always tells us how much she loves her school and the students. I love how the teachers are so kind to Finn as well, he will love it there too!
Quinn (Amelia's dad)
'My Daughter's Confidence is Back'
My 10-year-old daughter attended an immersion program for 4 years. After it closed she was enrolled in public school. Unfortunately, something was missing. It was the caring, nurturing, and challenging aspects of an immersion program. At ILA, my daughter receives an accelerated and individualized education plan, her confidence is back thanks to the attention her teachers give her, but most importantly she is happy.
Heather (Rhiannon's mom)
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