Entering its 26th year, the International Studies Program was created in 1989 by a Memorandum of Understanding signed by the Ministry of Education and Sciences of Spain and the Public School System of Miami-Dade County in Florida. The IS Program is a highly demanding curriculum that allows the IS Students who complete the program through the 12th grade to receive a “Bachiller” degree from the Ministry of Education and Sciences of Spain and a High school diploma from the State of Florida.
The Spanish International Parents Association (SIPA) was established in April 1990 at Sunset Elementary School. SIPA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization of parents. It serves as a support group for the Spanish section of the International Studies Program of Miami-Dade County Public Schools.
To support and enhance the International Studies program by providing opportunities to enrich the Spanish cultural education of the IS Spanish students, our teachers, and the SIPA membership community.
We accomplish our purpose by providing funding for programs and events that encourage the study and use of the Spanish language and develop awareness and appreciation for the Spanish culture, history and customs and by collaborating and advising the administration and leadership of the International Studies Spanish program in the participating schools.
We serve the Miami-Dade Public School and Spanish Ministry of Education’s International Studies Spanish programs at;
- International Studies Charter High School
Thank you to all for helping make the SIPA Paella Fundraiser such a successful event!
SIPA would like to thank all those who attended our Annual Paella Event on Saturday March 7th 2015. SIPA truly appreciates your support. Guests were treated to a night of live music, great food, full line of Spanish Wines, good company, and a wonderful silent auction.
All the funds raised will help SIPA, a 501(c) (3) non-profit parent organization, support the Spanish International Studies Program. This program begins in elementary school and continues through High school. Participating schools are Ada Merritt K-8 Center, Coral Way K-8 Center, G.W. Carver Middle School, Sunset Elementary, International Studies Charter High School and the International Studies Preparatory Academy (ISPA). Our association supports this program by providing curriculum-enriching materials such as textbooks, periodicals, Spanish dictionaries, maps, as well as computers. Additionally, we provide funds for Hispanic Heritage Programs, cultural programs, field trips and scholarships for the annual fifth grade trip to Spain.
Through our sponsors donations, ticket sales and the purchase of silent auction items at the Paella Gala SIPA was able to raise money to support the International Studies Programs in our schools.
If you were not able to attend please consider attending our next Paella Gala.
If you were not able to come out to our event but would still like to make a donation. Please donate below.