Our History of Success

Like us, ISA’s partner schools believe that every student can succeed and that every educator can nurture that success. Each school develops its own plan for improvement tailored to the unique needs of its students and educators. Regardless of their size, location, or specific goals, ISA schools benefit from our support. Explore the case studies below for their stories of accomplishment.

ISA: Creating Positive Change Case by Case

ELA Performance

Jersey City, New Jersey

New Jersey City University established this small public high school in 2014 in partnership with ISA. The school curriculum focuses on science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics (STEAM). Since its founding, Innovation High School has made noteworthy achievements in English language arts teaching and learning, demonstrated by its students’ performance on state tests.

Staying On Track to Graduate

New York, New York

Marta Valle High School began its partnership with ISA during the 2015-16 school year. Even though the school serves a higher proportion of high-needs students than other New York City schools, its students earn more course credits and graduate at higher rates than students in comparison schools and citywide.

Setting High Expectations

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The mission of Kensington Health Sciences Academy (KHSA) is to prepare every student academically and holistically to be responsible, caring community members ready for college or career upon graduation. Learn how KHSA partnered with ISA to advance the student-centered, personalized environment that boosted student engagement and the quality of relationships among staff and students.

Three ISA-Founded Schools

New York, New York

Academy for Young Writers, Brooklyn Preparatory High School, and Hillside Arts and Letters Academy

All three of these New York City small public high schools were founded in partnership with ISA. Each has been recognized and celebrated for creating a school culture that consistently and continually communicates high academic expectations to students and staff and provides targeted support to achieve those expectations.

Bronxdale High School

Bronx, New York

A team of researchers from the Learning Policy Institute and the National Center for Restructuring Education, Schools, and Teaching studied the social, emotional, and academic development infused by ISA when collaborating to create Bronxdale High School. A caring school where no student is anonymous leads to positive results in achievement and student well-being.

Park East High School

New York, New York

The mission of Park East High School is to educate all students to be critical thinkers by conducting research, solving complex problems, clearly expressing ideas through writing, providing evidence to support arguments, and reading challenging texts. Park East partnered with ISA to restructure the school, develop its current mission, and provide its student population with greater opportunities for success.

Queens High School of Teaching

Bellerose, New York

The Queens High School of Teaching is different by design, developing diverse learners who are prepared to become leaders and teachers in their communities and productive members of a global society. Learn how the New York Department of Education partnered with ISA to design and develop this achievement-focused, college-preparatory high school.

Victory Collegiate High School

Brooklyn, New York

Victory Collegiate High School believes that education is the most powerful instrument for sparking the revitalization essential to urban communities. Learn how ISA partnered with the New York Department of Education to develop this new school founded on a deep commitment to improving educational conditions and outcomes for underserved youth.

North Community High School

Minneapolis, Minnesota

North Community High School ignites the twin flames of knowledge and imagination to sustain students through lifelong inquiry. The school equips students to study in world-renowned international educational programs, perform well on rigorous assessments, lead constructive change in their communities, and build ethical careers in a global, competitive marketplace.

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Download our services guide to learn more about the ways that we support schools and districts or contact Abner Oakes, National Director of Outreach and Engagement, for more information about partnering with ISA.