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Frequently Asked Questions

What time does school begin?
Parents may drop off their children as early as 7:55 a.m. and should be here no later than 8:15 a.m. so the children may be escorted to their classroom. Our learning begins each day at 8:20 a.m. sharp as we believe a brisk start to the school day is of great importance.

What time does school end?
Our learning day ends at 3:30 p.m. and many of our children participate in our after-school Trailblazer Club which concludes at 5:00 p.m. Homework assistance is offered from 5:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Do you have after-school care?
Our Club Trailblazer after-school program is available from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. for an additional fee. Drop-in care is also available for $30 a day.

Please contact us at admissions@istexas.org for more information.

Do we need to pack a lunch?
Our healthy eating program is part of our school curriculum and philosophy, therefore school lunches and snacks are included in your tuition. The lunch time is used to introduce the children to new and healthy eating alternatives as well as to encourage a wide and varied palate. For this reason, no food is to be brought into the school (unless discussed with the School Nurse and brought as part of a needed supplementation due to dietary restrictions) and all meals are served family style.

What if my child is a picky eater?
By serving the children family-style at lunch, it encourages even the pickiest of eaters to try new things alongside their peers. You might be surprised to find out your child will actually want to try a brussel sprout with their friends and the encouragement of their teachers! We do not force children to clean their plate, only that they try new things. We serve a variety of food items each day, including a fresh salad so everyone can generally find something that is appealing.

What if we have special dietary requirements?
Many of our families will have special dietary requirements at one time or another, whether it be a need for gluten-free, a food allergy or for religious observation. For any special dietary requirements we ask that you inform our School Nurse. Because of the variety we provide, we can generally accommodate most requests. If we cannot, we will allow you to provide some additional food items for supplementation that the School Nurse will serve at appropriate snack and meal times.

What type of school supplies or additional materials does my child need to bring?
Our tuition is inclusive of all school supplies. The only purchase you will have to make will be your school uniforms. We also ask your child to bring a hat for play-time (we have a “no hat, no play” policy), a water bottle to keep them properly hydrated and a backpack.

At what age do the children begin learning Spanish and Mandarin?
Early Childhood- Grade 5 partake in 4 Spanish classes per week.
Kindergarten-Grade 5 also participate in Mandarin classes 4x per week.

What is an International School?
An International School is a school that promotes international education, in an international environment, either by adopting a philosophy such as that of the International Baccalaureate or by following a national curriculum different from that of the school’s country of residence. These schools cater to students who are not nationals of the host country, such as the children of the staff of international businesses, international organizations, foreign embassies or other global enterprises. Of course, many local students attend these schools to access the advantages of an international school environment or to have a more global outlook of their world.

Our demographic makeup is approximately 30% international families and 70% local families who are involved in worldwide enterprises and desire a global education for their children. Many of our families are bilingual or polylingual at home and we enjoy a rich, cultural diversity that adds to our daily learning.

International School of Texas is final steps of International Baccalaureate accreditation (this is a three to five year process). Our primary curriculum is the United Kingdom’s National Curriculum.

Are you faith-based?
International School of Texas is an independent private school. We celebrate the many cultures that make up our world and the rich festivals and traditions that have come from those cultures and belief systems. As such, we enjoy a colorful, exciting holiday season each year while allowing the children to learn about the different celebrations, the beliefs behind them and to share with their classmates their personal family holidays in a fun, accepting environment. The end result is a greater understanding and tolerance of diversity and a bigger picture of our world.

Are you part of a chain or group of schools?
International School of Texas is completely independent and our Lake Travis location is the only location in which we operate. We are a non-profit 501(c)3 formed by educators, parents and leaders in the local and global business communities.

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This is IST!

For International Day of Peace, IST students participated in many exciting events throughout the day!

Our classrooms celebrated by creating magnificent pieces of art, some classrooms wrote inspirational quotes about tolerance around our play area, many of our students participated in mindfulness moments around our peace pole, and our youngest learners even planted a peace garden!

It was an amazing day filled with reflection, friendship and promoting the IB attitude of tolerance!
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Check out this science exploration in Grade 5!

During their first "Unit of Inquiry", trailblazers are inquiring into how human rights vary with place and time. Students are making connections, and using their research skills during this science inquiry to look at the basic human need of water. In this collaborative project our Grade 5 class is designing, creating, testing, and improving water wells.
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IST is celebrating International Dot Day!

This week IST trailblazers read The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds.

During their mindfulness exercises, trailblazers reflected on the mark they have made in the world. They also reflected on how they can continue to make their mark by taking action to positively change the world around us. These future leaders continue to demonstrate compassion, tolerance, and courage on a daily basis. What a great community of learners we have here at IST!

Take a look at some of our International Dot Day projects!

In art, students used their imagination to make some very creative dot pieces.

Our Early Childhood classroom even joined in the fun during a collaborative sensory play & paint activity! This popular classroom is almost full! Interested in securing a spot in our Early Childhood 1 (ages 2-3) or Early Childhood 2 (ages 3-4) Program for 2018-2019 school year? Contact us today: admissions@istexas.org

"Make your mark, and see where it takes you." -Peter H. Reynolds
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Take a look at our STEM/Inquiry Lab in action!

This inspiring learning space has been equipped with SmartBoard technology, a Lego wall, Lego Mindstorm and Lego WeDo robotics kits, programmable Bee Bots, Makey Makey interactive circuit boards, Little Bits magnetic snap circuits, solar robots, 3D pen technology, and a brand new Creator Pro Flashforge 3D printer and more!

As with all of our classrooms, our Inquiry Lab serves as a student centered classroom that encourages collaboration between students.

Check out our Grade 4 students exploring migration through Music and STEM. Students have been inquiring into how migration has influenced music and instruments from around the world. In this activity students utilized the Makey Makeys to research and then program a set of bongo drums!
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Contact Info

Address:
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