Why ISA?

Reinventing America's High Schools

ISA’s evidence-based model delivers sustainable results.

A graduating studentISA takes a comprehensive approach to addressing the academic, social, and emotional needs of high school students, so that they are well prepared for success in college and career. Studies show that ISA’s largely African American and Latino student population has a 4-year cohort graduation rate of nearly 80%. This dramatically exceeds the national high school graduation rate for African American students of 60% and Latino students of 58%. Objective, external evaluators have validated our long track record of creating a measurable, positive impact on student achievement.

ISA collaborates with you to create a culture of success.

ISA recognizes and respects the unique values and needs of every partner school and our collaborative, rather than prescriptive, approach builds on those values to address the school’s needs to create a culture of success.

ISA's Guide to Whole School Reform

ISA’s coaches and staff are highly experienced practitioners.

Whether developing a new school or transforming an existing one, ISA and its experienced staff and coaches works with you to ensure long-term success. As former teachers, principals, and superintendents, the ISA team brings a strong working knowledge of effective organizational and instructional practices, a deep understanding of the challenges of the current educational landscape, and the ability to address both policy and practice issues at the district and school levels.

ISA has a strong research-based foundation.

ISA’s seven principles provide the framework for creating successful schools.  These research-based principles are well-founded in education research.

ISA has a proven track record of results.

ISA’s evaluation studies meet the What Works Clearinghouse standards.  For this reason, the US Department of Education named ISA the only evidence-based whole-school reform model developer for all Title 1 1003(g) School Improvement Grants for high schools.

ISA has a vision of success.

At the core of every ISA partnership is the belief that every student has the capability to succeed. The synergy that results from implementing the ISA principles produces higher attendance, graduation, and college acceptance and persistence rates. The common theme among ISA principals, teachers, parents and students: they are ready – ready to succeed– and they are prepared for what the future holds. It is this readiness, fostered by the ISA approach to coaching and outcome-driven, comprehensive professional development, that creates a sustainable environment for long-term success.