We’re not just a school. We’re a family.
Residential life is one of the cornerstones of the ISAK program, as we believe that many of the most important learning experiences for students occur outside the classroom. By living with peers from a variety of countries and backgrounds, you will develop an understanding and appreciation for diversity, as you strengthen your own identity and re-examine your ideas and beliefs.
At ISAK, all students live on campus in apartment-style residences known as “Houses.” Each House is home to 12 to 18 students, and includes two-person and four-person bedrooms, a spacious living room/lounge area, as well as a small kitchenette and washing machines. Students are in charge of developing and implementing their own residential management systems, providing them an opportunity to develop their leadership and problem-solving skills.
For additional support, each residential building includes housing for faculty members who serve as “dorm parents.” Other faculty share in supervisory roles and activities with students as well. With the majority of faculty members living on campus, students have ample opportunities to develop their independence and life management skills in a safe, nurturing environment.
To supplement and support the learning experience at ISAK, all students are divided into small groups called advisories, headed by a full-time teacher known as an advisor. Advisories meet 2-3 times a week to discuss events at school, academics and social issues, share information, and enjoy time as a “family.”
The students in your advisory might be from different residences, which helps you get to know other students on campus. And, all activities in advisory are non-graded, so advisory is a great time to unwind, relax and enjoy time together. Some advisory groups make a point to share meals together as part of their weekly meetings.
A variety of clubs and activities are available to students outside of the school day. This includes clubs, sports and community service activities. All such activities are identified and developed by the students, and some activities may be seasonal while others may last all year long. Likewise, some clubs may come and go depending on the interests of the students. Some examples of the extracurricular activities available this year are: school newspaper and media club, dance and drama club, special events club, computer programming club, science club, mathematics club, Model United Nations/debate club and cooking club.Community service activities include weekly support of the local public elementary schools, the local high school, an orphanage, and an outdoors/nature club.