My name is Tim Reilly and I’m the Head of School for the International School of Texas!
IST was founded in 2013 by a group of parents who wanted to provide their children with a balanced education that would inspire and nurture them, provide them with outstanding teachers and small class sizes, and also prepare them for leadership roles in today’s ever-changing, increasingly international world. They wanted to create a school environment where their children would not only develop as students but also thrive as active global citizens who are ready to tackle their future.
The learning atmosphere at IST inspires and engages our students, while, at the same time, gives them the room for the creativity that makes learning fun! As an educator, I cannot emphasize enough how happiness at school can deepen students’ love for lifelong learning and foster retention. It is my firmly held belief, and my observation from numerous alumni at IST, we are preparing tomorrow’s leaders to thrive and succeed in a world we cannot envision yet. We are preparing our students for problems we have yet to be faced with and for jobs that do not exist yet. We accomplish this at IST by teaching our students how to work together to solve problems and how to think critically, instead of memorizing facts for a test.
IST is an authorized PYP and MYP International Baccalaureate World School, making IST one of the few IB continuum schools in the Austin area. We’re academically rigorous and focused on whole-child wellness, which I think is imperative in today’s day and age! With our small class sizes and outstanding student-to-teacher ratios, we can provide tailored, differentiated learning experiences that bring our students to the next level. We pride ourselves on meeting children at their present level and challenging them, instead of a one-size-fits-all environment.
We offer a world language program with Mandarin and Spanish, STEM and IT, music, art, Singapore Math, and PE as well as balanced eating and mindfulness programs. We have a vibrant student life with dynamic after-school clubs, including competitive sports teams and academic teams. Not to mention, we have an amazingly supportive parent community.
From our youngest students in Junior Pre-K to our Grade 8 Trailblazers preparing for high school, our students are caring, insightful, and inquisitive — ready to lead while listening, ready to challenge themselves, and also collaborate as true team members. We can’t wait to talk to you about all of the exciting things happening at IST. We would love to show you our beautiful campuses: our PYP campus on 12 acres, overlooking Lake Travis, as well as our 8-acre Hill Country campus in Bee Cave where our middle school students are learning to change the world. We hope to see you on campus soon to learn about what it means to be a Trailblazer!
Tim Reilly, Head of School