Alumni Continuing Language Experience

Alumni of The International School who are currently in 6th-8th grades can now build upon language and cultural fluency skills obtained during their time at TIS!  Classes have been moved to a Zoom format to accommodate safety during COVID-19.

Each Continuing Language Experience class session has a social, fun setting; yet provides a structured opportunity to read, write, converse and interact in their track language.*  Classes are taught by qualified, native-speaking teachers, and are a great option for all TIS alumni, whether they’ve continued with a middle school immersion program or not!


Sunday, January 24- Sunday, April 25 (No class February 14, March 21, March 28, and April 4)
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Constanza Wilkes, Spanish
Keiko Peffley, Japanese
Jennifer Zhu, Mandarin

For more information, please contact Lisa Olivares, Alumni Manager, at

*Continuing Language Experience classes do not teach directly to language fluency tests or competitions.  Class activities may include current event discussions, written reading reflections, guest speakers, etc.  Grammar and other practice sheets may be offered for completion at home but will not be required as homework.  This class is not transferable for any middle or high school class credits.


Can high school alumni enroll?

The content and language level of this class is for TIS alumni who are currently in 6th-8th grades.  (Non-graduate alumni in middle school who were enrolled for at least one full academic year and can demonstrate at least a 5th grade level fluency may be eligible if there is registration space; please contact Lisa Olivares at to inquire.)

What are days, times and cost of the session?

Classes typically run on Sundays, from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  Registration for the Winter/Spring 2021 session is now open.

Participation requires a device that connects to Zoom (click here for system requirements).  In addition, a headset with microphone is highly recommended, but not required. 

Are phones allowed to be used during class time?

In a word: nope.  Student expectations include agreeing to not using smartphones and other devices (in addition to the one being used as a logon for the Zoom class) during class time unless explicitly allowed by the instructor.  Failure to adhere to the expectations may result in dismissal from the class without full tuition reimbursement.

Is there late enrollment or can I cancel?

Late enrollments and cancellations are permitted within the first three classes. If a student enrolls or cancels within the first three classes, tuition will be adjusted accordingly. No refunds will be issued for cancellations requested after the third class.