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International Spanish Academies

The International Spanish Academies (ISAs)  are educational centers encompassing all grade levels from pre-K through 12, known for their academic prestige. These schoold implement any of the programs using Content and Language Integrated (CLIL) methodology in Spanish (immersion, dual, bilingual …). These centers sign an agreement with the Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport. The program is part of the activities organized by the Spanish Education Office in the U.S. and Canada incollaboration with North American education authorities. (Read more)

Who can become an ISA:

U.S./Canadian K-12 schools which are implementing a high quality dual language/bilingual English-Spanish program.

ISA-networked schools have access to the following benefits:

  • Spanish highly-qualified visiting teachers
  • Spanish Visiting Teachers
  • Language and Culture Assistants
  • Continuing education summer courses in Spain for teachers/administrators
  • Pedagogical support
  • Twinning with Spanish schools
  • Resources


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The “International Spanish Academies” (ISA) are educational institutions in the U.S. and Canada, of all non-university academic levels (Pre-K, Elementary, Middle and High School), of recognized academic prestige, that follow (with all or a part of their student body) an integrated curriculum of Spanish language and content. In order to join the ISA network, the institutions have signed an agreement of collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport.


The ISA today:

Relevant data (report in Spanishonly)


North American K-12 schools that implement any model of syllabus that utilizes an integrated learning methodology of content and language in Spanish (CLIL).


Any educational institution (K-12) in the U.S. and Canada that implements, with a part or all of its student body, a program of recognized prestige (with a minimum of two years’ experience), that utilizes an integrated learning methodology of content and language in Spanish (CLIL) may apply to belong to the ISA network.

Entering in the ISA network: (document in Spanish only)

Benefits of entering in the ISA network

  • Visiting Teachers:
    • The ISA are given priority in the hiring of Visiting Teachers, attending to the particular demands of each institution’s faculty with specialization in the subjects taught in Spanish.
  • Spanish Language and Cultural Assistants:
    • Preferential placement in the institutions that comprise the network of the Spanish Language and Cultural Assistants that are selected annually by the Spanish Ministry of Education Office MECD.
  • Professional development activities for teachers.
    • Courses in Spanish universities.
    • Conferences, seminars/courses in the U.S. and Canada.
  • Seminars for principals.
  • Teaching materials and resources:
    • Access for teachers of Spanish to didactic resources online as well as to materials from the Spanish Resource Centres(SRC) in their area.  
  • Educational council.



Example of Agreement (Document in Spanish only)


The Diplomas in Spanish as a Foreign Language (DELE)

The Diplomas in Spanish as a Foreign Language (DELE), granted by Instituto Cervantes on behalf of the Ministry of Education of Spain, are official certificates that indicate the degree of competence and mastery of Spanish. The DELE examinations have been designed following the guidelines of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) of the Council of Europe. Accordingly, there are six levels of competence: A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2. The examination provides for all the different variants of the Spanish language.  This year 2016, the A2B1 for students is the designed modes for younger students. After an agreement signed between the Spanish Ministry of Education and the Instituto Cervantes, some reductions have been offered for those schools belonging to the ISA network.   


Seminars for Principals

Teacher training

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