Learners and Leaders Together


The International School of Texas is a non-profit, non-faith based private school serving the areas of Bee Cave, Lakeway, Steiner Ranch, Four Points, River Place, Westlake and the surrounding communities. Our school’s mission is to operate a high-quality, Brain-Friendly Learning environment where children are recognized for their individual abilities, intelligences and learning styles and to help them become future leaders.
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  • Our Philosophy
  • Our Philosophy
  • Our Philosophy

Our Philosophy

Multiple Intelligences and Brain-Friendly Learning

A good night’s sleep, a diet rich in zinc, protein and complex carbohydrates, plenty of water and plenty of oxygen add to the brain’s ability to handle mental processes. Our focus on healthy eating, drinking plenty of water and regular physical activity allows us to feed our brain physically so that learning and teaching have the best possible foundations for intellectual and academic success.

Information presented in an exciting and creative manner is more likely to be remembered than information presented in a dull and lifeless way. The memory will be most effective when the learner makes a personal and emotional connection to what he or she are learning. Therefore we present key information and skills in dynamic ways that impact children’s individual learning styles and targets their individual needs. The child must make an emotional connection between the new learning and his or her own life experiences. All of this means we must be clear on what our learning objectives will be so we can plan to present these critical topics in the appropriate manner and maximize these connections.

Children under stress can’t learn. The neocortex is the part of the brain we use to think and assimilate knowledge. It works slower than the limbic brain which we use for emotions. When a child is stressed, the limbic brain takes over, resulting in a range of negative emotions as the brain tries to counteract the stress brought on by a perceived threat.

Dr. Howard Gardner, a psychologist and professor of neuroscience from Harvard University, developed the theory of Multiple Intelligences in 1983. Using brain research, Gardner identified a range of intelligences that are different but equal in status including: Visual, Kinesthetic, Musical, Interpersonal, Linguistic and Logical. The idea of multiple intelligences allows us to see children clearly and allows each child to access work that they might normally find challenging through their stronger “intelligences”. We do this through mixed media learning presentations for key information and skills to appeal to the variety of learning styles. This is followed by specific time for slow, complex thinking to allow the connections to occur.

Much of our work and professional practice is influenced by the huge body of work and materials developed by Trevor Hawes, one of the U.K.’s leading experts on teaching and the learning brain. We endeavor to create a Brain Friendly learning zone in each classroom in order to maximize every child’s learning opportunities and to create an optimal learning environment.

Next Open House

August 10, 2016

Fill out the form to RSVP to reserve your spot or call 512.351.3403

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Next Open House

Date: August 10, 2016
Time: 9:30am - 11:00am

Click here to RSVP or call (512) 351-3403

We hope everyone is enjoying their summer vacations! As you know, it is never too early to start preparing for next school year. On August 8th, IST will be having another Uniform Sale on campus from 9:00 am - 11:00 am. This is a great opportunity to stock up on uniforms for your student for next school year! ... See MoreSee Less

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Construction has started on the renovation of Cambridge building and some of the walls have already come down! The first picture is our new 2nd grade classroom. The middle picture is our new 4th grade classroom. The last picture is the new 5th grade classroom. Please stay tuned to Facebook throughout the summer as we document the progress and post to our page! ... See MoreSee Less

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Today was a fun day at IST. Some of our middle school students traveled to TAMU to visit the George Bush Library and our nursery students had an in-school field trip when they were visited by the petting zoo! ... See MoreSee Less

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Yesterday, IST had a special guest (Olympic gold medalist Brendan Hansen) come speak to the school about the importance of hard work, determination, and accomplishing goals. Brendan earned several Olympic medals by participating in the 2004, 2008, and 2012 Olympics as a swimmer for the US! ... See MoreSee Less

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Our very own middle school students were featured in the latest edition of IB World Magazine for their peace flags project! ... See MoreSee Less

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Contact Info

International School of Texas
4402 Hudson Bend
Austin, TX 78734
Map: Google Map
Phone: (512) 351-3403
Fax: (512) 364-0277
Email: info@istexas.org