Sprayberry is pleased to announce that the International Spanish Language Academy (ISLA) will begin accepting applications for the 2024-2025 school year on December 10, 2023 by using the link in the Resources section at the bottom of the page! Admission to the program is not limited to students currently residing in the school's attendance zone. but please note that we are not able to provide transportation to students enrolling from other feeder patterns.
The only academy of its kind in the entire state, the four-year program at Sprayberry is truly an exceptional opportunity in that it is open to both native speakers and students who are learning Spanish as a foreign language.
Sprayberry's decision to model the ISLA program on a more inclusive design is based on a growing body of research: students enrolled in other "immersion" programs actually end up learning the target language in isolation, but ISLA students enjoy an increased level of peer interaction with native speakers. This has the benefit of helping to accelerate the speed with which they are able to attain language proficiency, and research has shown that students who perfect their language skills alongside their native peers score as well as (or even better than) their monolingual peers on standardized tests.
Students who successfully complete the ISLA program earn diplomas from both the United States and Spain; the Spanish International Diploma is the only officially accredited Spanish-Language qualification issued by the Ministry of Education, Social Policies, and Sports of Spain. Most commonly referred to as the "DELE", or (Diploma de Español como Lengua Extranjera), the diploma is internationally recognized by private companies, chambers of commerce, and public and private educational systems and centers.
(Please note that in order to ensure the academic integrity of the program, students must agree to complete both AP Spanish Language and AP Spanish Literature.)
Please remember that there are a limited number of spaces available in the program. The application window is currently open and interested students can apply by accessing the ISLA Application in the Resources section below.