The International School of Minnesota (ISM) is a preschool through grade 12 nondenominational college-prep school that provides rigorous academics for its 550 students, focusing particularly on Math, English, World Language, and Science. Sounds prestigious, right? Well for me, a junior who’s been at ISM since the second grade, it’s something like home, with a character pretty unique to us.
Even being such a small school, we abound with opportunities. There’s always so much to do, and since there are so few of us, we are often encouraged to do anything and everything. It makes an interesting dynamic of people. Robotics, still a relatively new activity, has grown from 12% of the high school the very first year to 25% this season. A quarter of the kids are in Robotics! Most of them are also in various sports, drama, etc. Sure that says something about the school, but even more so I think it says something about our students. ISM is a place where it’s okay to be a little bit dorky and it’s okay to be intelligent. It’s a place where you’re encouraged to try everything and you’re a valuable member of the community. Just look at the bios on our student page. We do everything!
I know everyone in the high school and a dozen or so middle schoolers. It’s a close-knit community – helping to make a good team!