About the International Language School for Children and Adults

A Brief History About Our Origins

The International Language School was founded in 1991 as a partnership by two teachers and continued after the first year with a sole proprietor. Originally starting out with German, other languages soon followed. Spanish seemed an obvious choice in Southern California as also English as a Second Language. French is preferred by many, because of its beauty and as a third language for students that have already a native Spanish-speaking background. Recently we added Italian, Portuguese, American Sign-language, Chinese, and Japanese.


Because of its special interest in the public, the International Language School has been featured three times in the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin over the last ten years.

After looking back to our first summer school in 1992 with only a handful of students, we are very proud to announce the enrollment of nearly 70 students this past June and July. Many were families, returning students, or had heard about us through word of mouth.


We currently have ten teachers for our Saturday classes. Most of them grew up in a foreign country and have been with the school for many years. Many are credentialed teachers, professionals in their field, and have advanced degrees in the languages they teach. Our classrooms are located at the beautiful Pitzer College in Claremont. We teach group classes to children, high school students, adults, and even vacation time visitors. Tutors for private 1-on-1 lessons are available. Some children start as young as three years old. Live Virtual classes via Zoom with our exceptional instructors have been added with great success.


Being able to speak more than one language has become very important in the last few years. Many learn a foreign language to further their education, improve employment opportunities, for traveling, or for better communication.


Lessons include everyday vocabulary, proper pronunciation, simple phrases, reading and conversation, grammar and sentence structure, songs, poems and stories, games, contests, crafts, food, and more. Our holiday program in the big auditorium and many customs from around the world, celebrated throughout the year, are enjoyed by all. (Learning experiences will differ depending on age, grade level, and the teacher).

At ILSCA, we design lesson plans that fit the needs of our students so that they can progress through classes and achieve desired results. Our students practice the four areas of language: reading, writing, speaking, and listening, as well as improving grammatical structures and perfecting pronunciation.

We will guide you along the way and always respect your rhythm and way of learning.


Director’s Welcome,


Thank you all for visiting International Language School for Children and Adults.  ILSCA was founded on the principle that learning a foreign language should be fun, energetic, and pleasing and that it can be a long-lasting pursuit that brings you satisfaction.  From toddlers to teenagers, and adults, we instruct classes for students that teach interpersonal skills that apply throughout one’s life.  Our classes prepare students with the interpersonal skills of speaking another language.  We would love to welcome you, your family members, and friends to join our fun and very popular classes!


ILSCA is a dynamic Language School. Your place to learn a new language, expand your horizons, meet new friends, and feel accomplished.



Nuria Fortier

ILSCA Director




What services do you offer?


We offer the following Language classes:  Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, German, Italian, French, Portuguese, American Sign Language, and English.


Our Language classes are offered in-person and online and through 1-on-1 lessons. Group classes are offered throughout the year.  We offer a Spring Session (Jan-May), a Summer Session (June-Aug), and a Fall Session (Sep-Dec). We also offer a variety of course lengths and are taught both in-person and online.  Spanish Immersion Summer camps for kids ages 5-10 are offered throughout the summer, and after-school programs and one-on-one tutoring are also available.

Our summer week-long camps introduce new vocabulary while teaching skills through a variety of topics. Children participate in hands-on activities, such as arts and crafts, cooking, storytelling, and singing, while acquiring a target language


We are proud vendors for most Charter Schools.  Please ask!


Can we create a group class?


Yes, of course! Please feel free to invite your child’s friends to create a group class for your preferred Language with one of our instructors. This is a fun and affordable way for your child to take a Language class.  Once a group of at least 3 participating students has registered, the learning may begin!


Are you a vendor of my charter school?


The International Language School is a proud vendor of the following charter schools: Blue Ridge Academy, Granite Mountain School, Sage Oak, Mission Vista Academy, Sky Mountain, Springs Charter Schools, Inspire, Compass Charter, and Valiant. All classes are non-sectarian.


If you don’t see your Charter school listed here, we are happy to apply to become a vendor for them. Simply email us at [email protected].


Do you have a location?


We offer classes at Pitzer College in Claremont. We also teach small group classes at your home, Grace Lutheran in Upland, as well as Local Parks and libraries.


What is your cancellation policy for classes and One-on-One lessons?


Cancellation for Classes

  • If you need to cancel a class registration, please contact us at [email protected] with the following information: class title, day, and time; student’s name; your name, email, and phone number. To receive a prorated refund, please contact us regarding the cancellation at least 72 hours prior to the second class session.

  • Unfortunately, we cannot offer refunds on unused or canceled lessons.

  • If your student will be absent from a class session, please communicate this to your instructor. Unfortunately, we do not offer make-ups or prorated refunds.

  • If your student misses 3 consecutive lessons without communicating with your instructor, your student may be dropped from the class and you will forfeit the class fee.

  • If an instructor cancels a class session, payments may be prorated to compensate for the missed session if a make-up day cannot be scheduled.

  • If an instructor cancels a class series, you will receive a prorated refund based on the percentage of lessons you have paid for that were canceled.

Cancellations for Tutoring

  • If your student will be missing a tutoring session, please communicate this to your instructor by 6 p.m. the night before the session to reschedule. If your student misses a lesson or you cancel later than 6 p.m. the night before a lesson, you will be charged in full and will not be able to schedule a make-up lesson.


Who is International Language School for Children and Adults?


Our team includes credentialed teachers, and professionals teaching in their Language, which means that each of our instructors has many years of teaching experience and training. Every single instructor is referred to us by a trusted source and is also vetted via a background check that includes a Department of Justice live scan.


What forms of payment do you accept?


We accept checks, cash, bank payments such as Zelle or Venmo, School Charter funds, and credit cards (a surcharge of 10% is added to the tuition amount).


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