International Charter Academy of Georgia (ICAGeorgia) aims to broaden the horizons of students in Georgia so that they may become global citizens who promote peace around the world. As a statewide charter school located in Peachtree Corners, GA, the school is open free of charge to any K-5 student residing in the state of Georgia. ICAGeorgia uses the Dual Language Model for Japanese and English instruction, which is supported by a wealth of research and recommended by experts in dual language acquisition. In this innovative model, the ratio of time spent in each language favors Japanese in younger grades and shifts to balance more evenly with English as students age. All core subjects will be taught in both languages, exposing students to a wide range of content learning areas in the target language and enhancing academic achievement in general.
The mission of ICAGeorgia is to broaden the horizons of students in Georgia to a diverse international community so that they may become global citizens who promote peace around the world.
The school’s core values are aligned to the mission and will inform our approach to community building, celebration and accountability. W.O.R.L.D PEACE (We Own our Responsibility to Lead and Devote ourselves to Peace) is the schoolwide PBIS (Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports) program. W.O.R.L.D. PEACE is our effort to articulate a thoughtful student-centered community building and accountability plan. Our approach to discipline at ICAGeorgia is helping our children learn valuable life lessons like making good choices lead to good consequences and making bad choices lead to bad consequences. The successful implementation of W.O.R.L.D PEACE will lead to a sense of purpose, informed decision making, the ability to learn from our mistakes, consistent committed adult leadership and support.
ICAGeorgia offers a Dual Language immersion program in both English and Japanese. This means that students spend part of their day immersed in Japanese-speaking classes and the rest of the day in English-speaking classes. Throughout the school day, during both Japanese and English immersion, students are exposed to a wide range of content learning areas, such as Math, Science, Social Studies, Art, Music and Physical Education.
In general, the percentage of Japanese to English instruction gradually shifts as our students get older. Specifically, kindergarten students are immersed in Japanese and English instruction at a ratio of approximately 80 to 20 percent. Grades 1st and 2nd are immersed 60 to 40 percent and Grades 3rd, 4th and 5th are immersed 50 to 50 percent.
We work hard to ensure that students attain a high level of Japanese instruction by using the Japanese Ministry of Education curriculum in the Japanese department. Additionally, English and Japanese teachers, including ESOL and JSOL teachers, collaborate across departments during team meetings and professional development. At ICA Georgia, we believe careful attention to how we plan and prepare to advance our own learning is synonymous with student achievement. Our teachers attend professional learning to improve planning and preparation every other Friday.
In addition, we offer the following opportunities to students:
Chinese as a third language
We will offer Chinese as an add-on third language to broaden their worldview. Currently, we are discussing how to make the experience of learning Chinese culture and language more fun and meaningful.
Our students will contribute to the local and global community through various service learning projects. We will promote parent involvement and build a community that learns from one another.
Stay-Home Study Abroad Program
ICAGeorgia is a Stay-Home Study Abroad Program where students will get the experience of actually studying in a Japanese school. They will learn the same material as their Japanese peers and participate in Japanese school life, including Japanese physical education and music, haiku, cultural events, healthy Japanese food (recognized as an Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO), and Japanese calligraphy.