BizVoice -- March / April 2018

34 BizVoice/Indiana Chamber – March/April 2018 By Charlee Beasor Approaching its 25th year in Indianapolis, ISI was founded in 1994 to fill a need in the state’s international business landscape: offering an international education option for foreign executives and families. But the school has grown to much more over the years, delivering one of the most rigorous academic programs in the state. Here is a look at just a few accolades: • The high school has a 100% graduation rate and a 100% college acceptance rate • Last year’s graduating class of 42 students was offered $6 million in merit scholarships from colleges and universities • Students can graduate as bilingual or trilingual (ISI is the only school in the Midwest with a trilingual option). Students can study French, Spanish, Mandarin and English, starting in pre-kindergarten • The school is a full International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum program • ISI was ranked the most challenging high school in Indianapolis, second most challenging in the state, fifth in the Midwest and 73rd most challenging in the nation in the 2017 Washington Post High School Challenge Index But accomplishments aside, the key to success is back to that word: balance. Natalie Wolfe, director of admissions for the Upper School (grades six through 12) and International Student Services, puts it another way. Students are learning with both “breadth and depth.” BALANCED INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL SETS STANDARD FEATURE STORY It’s all about balance at the International School of Indiana (ISI). You know an idea is ingrained into a culture when you hear the same key word or phrase from people throughout an organization. From the principal of the school’s youngest children to a graduating high school senior, the word one hears over and over: “balance.”