International School of Broward (ISB) was co-founded by Dr. Jacquelyne Hoy and a group of parents in 2007. Dr. Hoy’s vision was to continue offering a dual immersion language program in Broward County, Florida. The school opened its doors in August 2007 with 57 students. The majority of the students enrolled at ISB that year transferred from the private section, Lycée Franco-Américain (LFA), a private dual language immersion program school also founded by Dr. Jacquelyne Hoy. LFA originally served grades P-K thru 8th, but discontinued the middle school grades with the creation of ISB.
In 2006, Dr. Hoy filed an application with the School Board of Broward County to open a charter school for middle and high school students with a specialty in language immersion. The application was immediately approved. ISB applied for and received a grant in June 2007 and immediately began renovations at a campus in the Hollywood area that was home to Lycée Franco-Américain in the past. With little time and resources, ISB was able to begin classes in August 2007, serving grades 6 to 9. ISB offered two attractive tracks, French/English Language Immersion track and the regular English track.
The following year, with the help of parents and word of mouth, the school was able to market and attract additional students and grew enrollment to 131 students. Students in the French track took the Brevet des Colleges exam and successfully passed the exam in the 2007-2008 academic year. The school received the same results in the 2008-2009 academic year, with 100% passing rate. ISB also received an “A” designation from the School Board of Broward County for year 2008-2009.
In the 2009-2010 academic year, ISB’s enrollment increased to 190 students. It was no secret in the community that ISB offered a unique program “preparing tomorrow’s global leaders”. In February 2010, after the devastating earthquake that hit the Island of Haiti, some 65 students were enrolled at the school, all attracted to the dual immersion language type of program that was offered at the school.
In the 2009-2010 academic year, the ISB received full accreditation from the French Ministry of Education to offer the French American Baccalaureate (BFA).
In June 2010, the school announced the addition of the Spanish/English track to its program. In order to accommodate additional students for year 2010-2011, a modular with five classrooms was brought on campus to house the high school grades. The ISB ended the year with a student population of 269.
In the 2010-2011 academic year, the ISB served approximately 300 students. ISB is fully accredited by SACS/AdvancED and the French Ministry of Education. In addition to offering the ES and L BFA Sections, we are now offering the traditional Baccalaureate ES and S Sections.