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WHAT WORKS IN EDUCATION The George Lucas Educational Foundation

Schools That Work| Case Study

John Stanford International School

Grades K-5 | Seattle, WA

Global Competence: Teaching Young Learners to Take Action

Language immersion, global competence, and vibrant professional-learning communities enhance student learning at Seattle’s John Stanford International School.

What this School is Achieving


John Stanford International School's model produces strong academic results for English-language learners and native English-speakers alike. 

Since focusing on foreign language immersion, this school has achieved:

  • 90% growth in math
  • 90% growth in reading
  • 90% growth in science

How They Do It

Teaching Grade School Students How to Make Global Impact

Teaching Students How to Make Global Impact

The John Stanford International School has been a model for developing global-awareness curricula. Now they’ve expanded their lessons to teach students how to take action to help others.

Success Spoken Here: Preparing Citizens of the World

Success Spoken Here: Preparing Citizens of the World

For more than 12 years, Seattle's John Stanford International School has been a model for international schools, immersing its elementary students in global awareness and achieving academically as well.


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