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Contact Joyce Dara  Joyce Dara Principal
Contact Ruben Escobar  Ruben Escobar Assistant Principal


Principal's Message

Welcome to International Studies Learning Center!

Our vision is to inspire and prepare global citizens!  With a curriculum based on the California State Standards we emphasize world cultures and languages and developing Global Competencies! 

We are a California Gold Ribbon and Title One Achievement Award Winning School! And, the ONLY Partnership for 21st Century Learning Exemplar School in the Los Angeles Unified School District.

As an International Studies School and part of the International Studies School Network (ISSN), our work is grounded in developing the knowledge and skills necessary to be successful in the 21st Century. To that end, our curriculum focuses on 4 global competencies: Investigating the World, Recognizing Perspectives, Communicating Ideas and Taking Action!

We are thrilled to be opening our brand new site for our Middle School this year! This beautiful new space includes a courtyard with a map of the world and an extraordinary multi-purpose space. Our courtyard area includes a fantastic circular seating design to support our Council Program. ISLC is a model school in the practice of Council which enables us to enhance communication and build community.  We have Youth Council Leaders and we conduct Councils in all advisory classes as well as content courses. We pride ourselves in creating a familial, respectful, caring, and safe learning environment. 

ISLC is a WASC accredited school and an AVID certified school with school wide AVID electives!

This year, our Middle School will be offering an Art elective in addition to electives such as Leadership, Robotics, Yearbook, Drums, and World Language! Our High School course offerings include AP courses, Model United Nations, Academic Decathlon, Graphic Design, Leadership, Yearbook, and advanced courses in Spanish, French, Japanese and Mandarin!

Annually, we celebrate world cultures through our Dragon Festival. Our students have had the opportunity to travel in the United States to Washington D. C., New York, Miami, and Seattle, as well as internationally to Europe, China, Japan, and Costa Rica. ln February 2012, ISLC had the great honor of hosting both United States Vice President Biden and Vice President Xi from the People’s Republic of China.

We are proud to be an Early College High School. Our partner, Los Angeles Southwest Community College, offers courses on our campus. Our goal is to provide our students with an opportunity to graduate from high school with a year of college credit and/or an AA degree. As of last year, 84% of our students have graduated with college credits.

I am thrilled to be a part of this great school and community and look forward to a successful school year ahead!

Joyce Dara


JOYCE DARA, Principal
Mr. David Manzo, Principal
Ruben Escobar, Assistant Principal
Ruben Escobar, Assistant Principal