International Secondary School
ISS is a not-for-profit, grades 5-12 co-educational school providing a customized international education for exceptional and diverse students.
The International Secondary School student body represents many countries, being both native and non-native speakers of English. The medium of instruction is English. ESL support is provided for whom English is a second or foreign language in all year levels. ISS also provides a quality special education program for students who have been formally identified with specific mild to moderate learning challenges.
The academic program is organized on a 180-day school year with 6 periods per day of 50 minutes each. ISS aims to provide a balanced curriculum, and to offer a range of flexible learning options and subjects that meet the individual needs and interests of each student.
The middle school and lower high school programs are based on a set of learning outcomes adapted to the needs of ISS students from preexisting national and state curricula from English speaking countries. This broad based curriculum is designed to prepare all students for academic success. Each month at ISS, students work within a different theme. This allows for increased teacher collaboration and helps students to make connections across the disciplines. These thematic units also allow students to connect concrete ideas with abstract concepts in a way that maximizes learning. Our upper high school program in grades 11 and 12 follow the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Independent Study High School Diploma Program.
ISS offers a program in which students from grades 9 – 12 may earn a high school diploma. In order to earn a diploma from ISS, students must complete a minimum of 225 credits’ worth of study. Five (5) credits are awarded for a course which receives a passing grade and which is half full year of study.