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.

Open House Dates

January 28, 2017
9:30 a.m.

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

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Open House

Date: January 28, 2017
Time: 9:30am

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

Registration for Club Trailblazer and Summer Camps Open!

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IST Trailblazer Speaker Series: William Kamkwamba

Today in assembly, some of our Robotics Team members presented their current project (Animal Allies) for IST's upcoming robotics competition.

Animal Allies is designed to provide children with the opportunity to explore the relationship between animals and people. During the Animal Allies season, teams will build, test, and program an autonomous robot using LEGO MINDSTORMS® to solve a set of missions in the Robot Game. They will also choose and solve a real-world question in the Project.

Our Robotics Team has been researching and working incredibly hard for this exciting competition. Join us Jan. 21st @ 8:30 am at Highland Park Elementary to cheer on your IST Trailblazers!
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Mark your calendars! Saigon Cafe is hosting a feast to celebrate the Lunar New Year January 27th and 28th 11-9pm. All proceeds made on these days will go to benefit IST! Thank you Le family for your generosity and support. Saigon Cafe is located just down the street from IST at 5000 Hudson Bend Rd. ... See MoreSee Less

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Today we celebrate a Trailblazer who fought for the IB attitudes of respect, tolerance, empathy, and cooperation. Today we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. and his commitment to social equality. ... See MoreSee Less

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Join us tomorrow Wednesday, January 11th at 9:30 for coffee, treats and a tour of IST!

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This week during assembly we were all able to see a cherished heirloom of one of our IST families.

When their great grandmother was just 12 years old she attended a luncheon with Amelia Earhart herself! At the luncheon she was able to get her to sign the invitation to the event.

What an amazing artifact from one of our very own IST Trailblazers! Thank you so much for sharing such an amazing family treasure with all of us!
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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