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Turnkey Development Program: ISLA
"We are in love with our new building. Parents tell me it's wonderful. The positive energy is contagious."
ISLA is unique in that it combines full Spanish immersion with the International Baccalaureate Program.
In 2009-2010, more than 90% of ISLA students tested proficient in reading and 92% tested proficient in math.
ISLA's 98%+ retention rate, steady and consistent growth, and waiting list illustrate the community's strong support.
The school utilizes its funding wisely, and has completed each school year in a positive cash-flow position.

"We are in love with our new building, love being in it, and can't wait to start school in it. Parents who have visited tell me it's wonderful.  Those who haven't can't wait for an excuse to stop by and see it.  The positive energy is contagious."

- Kate Shamblott, ISLA Facilities Committee Chair

Turnkey Development Program: ISLA

International Spanish Language Academy (ISLA)
Minnetonka, MN

www.islacad.org

Project Profile: CSDC and ISLA identified, purchased and renovated a former office building located on 5 acres of land to establish a permanent facility for the school. In partnership with Bouma Construction, CSDC remodeled the site at a total project cost of $4,622,500.

International Spanish Language Academy (ISLA) was overflowing its space in a church basement when it reached out to CSDC to explore better facilities options.  In February 2011, CSDC acquired a vacant office building located in Minnetonka, two miles away from the school's current site. CSDC and strategic development partner and general contractor Bouma Construction gutted and redesigned the 33,400 square feet into a "dream" school campus for ISLA.

The renovated facility offers 18 classrooms, as well as administrative and multi-purpose space, including a staff lounge, conference rooms, and dedicated art, Special Ed and band practice rooms. ISLA's new space also provides the school with much better access to public transportation, as well as a customized music classroom and a large state-of-the-art media center, none of which were available at the school's former location.

This project was delivered on time and under budget, with acquisition and construction financing provided by Western Bank, and ISLA went "Back-to-School" in the new facility in August 2011. The school's new location, in a more underserved community within the Hopkins School District, has allowed ISLA to reach out to more low-income students, and enrollment currently stands at 258, up from 208 last shool year. ISLA plans to grow to a maximum of 350 students in grades K-6 over the next four years, with no more than 25 students per classroom.

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