On Thursday, Feb. 7 the International School of Indiana (ISI) welcomed Indianapolis business and civic leaders, as well as ISI board members, parents, and alumni to an exclusive networking event with our new Head of School, Elizabeth Head.
The event was held on the beautiful Ohana Floor in the Salesforce Tower, the highest office location in Indiana. It served as a chance for the Indianapolis community to welcome Ms. Head into her new role and to listen to her bold agenda for the future of ISI while enjoying cocktails and hors-d’oeuvres. Nearly 150 people came to the event, and Ms. Head was able to connect with key constituents from the Indianapolis business community and explain why she decided to move her family from Costa Rica to Indianapolis.
Before coming to ISI, Ms. Head served as the general director of the Pan-American School in San Antonio de Belen, Costa Rica, a private international school, that, similar to ISI, was bilingual and offered the full International Baccalaureate Programme (IB). As she spoke to the crowd Thursday night, it was clear just why Ms. Head had chosen to leave sunny, warm Costa Rica for the bitter cold here in Indy: she believes she is at the best school in the U.S.
Ms. Head provided three specific reasons on why she chose to work at ISI. One is our school’s distinct academics, specifically related to students’ success rates with the full-continuum IB program. The number of ISI students that earn their IB Bilingual Diploma has doubled the world average for the last five years. Additionally, the number of ISI students who receive their Standard IB Diploma has surpassed the world average for the past 10 years.
The second reason is the school’s full-language immersion program, where students as young as three years old learn to speak in their track language of Mandarin, Spanish or French. This demonstrates the uniqueness of an ISI experience.
The final reason is based on the founding behind ISI. ISI was established to be more than a school. Rather, it is an institution with a responsibility to grow Central Indiana by cultivating international business and talent. The school creates global-minded graduates who, later in life, may choose to work in Indianapolis, positively impacting the city. Ms. Head is committed to the investment ISI has in shaping Indianapolis and the surrounding area.
Moving forward, Ms. Head hopes the ISI community will continue to tell the story of the school in order to raise awareness for its unique programming. She also shared the ISI ONE capital campaign, an effort to unify the two ISI campuses, expressing that this was a vital priority for the institution in the immediate years to come.
With Ms. Head’s vision for the school in place, now is the time for ISI to increase its impact on Indianapolis and on the world by continuing to build upon its 25-year legacy.
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