Message from Our Head of School

Welcome to International School of Arizona!

Thank you for your interest in our school community.

Choosing a school for your child is one of the most important decisions a family can make and we couldn’t be more proud of our school, what we do, and what we deliver.  

ISA’s Portrait of a Graduate captures succinctly “our promise” to our families and encapsulates what we value as a community – developing active citizens of the world, fostering multilingualism, and supporting and instilling a desire for academic excellence.

What we do at ISA is different from other schools; we don’t just teach other languages; we teach in other languages

What we do at ISA is different from other schools.  Every day, we live and breathe our mission – Opening doors to success in a constantly changing world.  As an international school focused on developing global citizens in a diverse environment, we recognize that we are preparing our students for the unknown; they must be equipped with the drive, capacity, and skills to positively impact the world.  

ISA is an extension of your family.  We understand that our students must be known first in order to be inspired and challenged.  Our world is forever changing, and serving the needs of the students in our care is at the heart of everything we do. The school’s program combines nurture of the individual with engaging learning experiences in a supportive and involved community. As a small school, we have high academic and behavioral expectations. We also have the ability to encourage students to learn from their mistakes in meaningful and lasting ways.

Families who join our community look back on their time here with deep gratitude for the enduring friendships made, the memories created, and the outstanding education delivered by multinational teachers.ISA is not just a school; it is a diverse community of scholars and leaders, driven to make positive change. We hope you’ll visit us soon to learn more.

Jason Smith

Head of School


Jason Smith has spent more than 20 years working in independent and public American, and international schools. Jason is passionate about kids and education. Having lived internationally, he is an advocate and promoter of international mindedness and global opportunities for students. Before joining ISA, he served as a school leader in Federal Way, Washington, Doha, Qatar, Dubai, United Arab Emirates and Omaha, Nebraska. Jason holds a BA in Elementary Education from Luther College (Iowa), an MA in Educational Leadership from Seattle Pacific University, and a Superintendent Credential from Western Washington University.
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