Welcome IHSL Families & Students

The International High School at Lafayette values parent involvement in our school. If you would like to become more active in family association, know about special programs and events, find out how your child is doing in school, or have any other question, please call us. Our parent coordinator, Carlos Franco, will be happy to help you with whatever questions you have. He can be reached at 718-333-7860.

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Internship provides students with the opportunity to explore a particular career interest, develop important workplace competencies, apply new skills they have learned, develop their English skills (and in some cases, their native language skills) in a professional work environment, and grow in confidence and maturity . To learn More about the Internship Please check the following


In exchange for mentoring, the student provides the institution with reliable service. The intern is expected to be prompt, to be at internship every day that he/she is scheduled, to inform the mentor in advance if he/she will be absent, to follow through on instructions, to show initiative, and to maintain a positive attitude. The intern is expected to use the internship as a learning experience, and to observe, ask questions, and complete extensive school assignments related to internship.


The internship advisor is the teacher who meets twice weekly with the interns in an Internship Seminar course. The advisor maintains regular contact with the mentor by telephone and at least two site visits during the course of the internship. The site visits allow the advisor to confer with the mentor and the intern about the student’s progress at internship and about the internship-related assignments and projects being completed for school. In addition, the advisor mediates any problems or difficulties that may arise during the course of internship.


Internship runs for approximately twelve weeks, from late February to late May. The students are required to work twelve hours per week in the afternoons. Most students work on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 1 to 4 PM, but a modified schedule can be arranged if those hours are not compatible with the needs of the internship site.


The internship mentor trains the intern to fulfill the requirements of the job and provides orientation to the workplace and that particular career field. The mentor treats the intern as a member of the team and holds the intern to the same level of accountability as the other employees. The mentor ensures that the intern meets his/her responsibilities to the organization and provides the intern with valuable experiences from which to learn. The mentor will be asked to assess the intern’s progress in a brief evaluation form at the midpoint and at the end of the internship semester.


Prior to beginning internship, students study various aspects of the world of work. Curricular components include:

•Self-Exploration: What are my interests, talents, and skills?
•Career Research
•Resume Writing
•Interview Skills
•Time Management
•Work Ethic and Job Responsibility
•Workplace Etiquette
•Cooperation, Communication, and Conflict Resolution
•Inquiry and Reflection

Once internship begins, Internship Seminar becomes a forum for students to discuss and reflect on various aspects of their internship experiences. In Internship Seminar, the students develop projects related to the work done at their internship sites.



9th Grade Students

Think about what you want to do after high school. What jobs are you interested in? Do you want to go to college?
Think about which classes you should take in high school so that you can be prepared to apply to colleges in your senior year.Study, work hard, and do your best to earn good grades. When you apply to colleges, they will look at your grades from all four years of high school.

Start to save money. There is information on the Internet about financial planning for college. See these websites for more information:



10th Grade Students

Think about choosing a college. Find out about different types of colleges, and think about what kind of college you want to go to.Prepare for school entrance exams (standardized tests). Take the PSAT exam now to prepare for next year.

11th Grade Students

Get information from colleges. Request brochures and information, attend college fairs, and begin college visits.
Take entrance exams. Take the PSAT in the Fall, and take the SAT in the Spring. Also take the TOEFL.
Visit two of your favorite colleges during 11th grade to see which is best for you.

12th Grade Students

Finish gathering information on colleges. Choose four to six you like best, and apply for admission. Take the SAT again if you are not happy with your scores.

Apply for financial aid by filling out the Free Application for Financial Aid (FAFSA). Consider all of your options for paying for school. Find out about scholarships and grants before taking out a student loan


Think about your career plans and decide which type of college or school is best for you.
Make a list of your top college choices.
Request information from the schools about admissions, courses and financial aid.
Find out information about the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT).
Compare the costs of the colleges that you are interested in by visiting their websites or calling them.
Talk to your School Counselor for help with any of these steps.



Mark your calendar with important dates: SAT registration, application deadlines and financial aid deadlines.
See whether you can apply to your colleges on the Internet, or ask them to send you paper applications in the mail now.
Meet with college representatives who visit your high school.
Register for the SAT.
Go to college fairs, college planning and financial aid information nights.
Ask teachers, counselors and employers for letters of recommendation. You will need them for your applications.



Take the SAT.
Start to write your college essays. You will need these for your applications.
Visit your favorite colleges. Meet with faculty, staff and students.
Complete applications for every scholarship that you qualify for.
Contact the colleges’ financial aid offices to find out which forms they require. Some colleges may require special forms.
Work on writing samples, portfolios, or audition tapes if they are required for admission.



Complete admissions applications and mail them by their deadlines.
Attend financial aid information sessions.
If necessary, take the SAT again.
Get financial aid forms and applications. Double-check the deadlines.



Sign up for a PIN on www.pin.ed.gov to make your FAFSA (financial aid) application easier.
Finish your admissions applications and mail them by the deadline.
Tell your parents to file their taxes as early as possible after January 1. This will make the financial aid process easier.
Research and apply for other financial aid, including grants and scholarships.



Complete the FAFSA online or get a paper copy from your counselor.
Call the U.S. Department of Education at 800-4-FEDAID or see your School Counselor for help completing the FAFSA.


Find out about Advanced Placement (AP) or College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) exams.
Watch for the email message that says your Student Aid Report (SAR) is ready.
Review your SAR for mistakes and make corrections.
Make a list of your top college choices



Check with the financial aid offices to make sure your paperwork is complete. Submit tax forms if they request them.
Think about your college choices and visit the schools.


Compare financial aid award letters.
Make your final college decision and mail deposits.
Check with the college you’ve chosen about returning financial aid award letters.
Notify the schools you have chosen NOT to attend.
Plan for registration, orientation, and housing.



Plan for attending orientation sessions during the summer.
Find a job for the summer, and plan to save some of the money for next year.
Prepare a student budget.


Plan for transportation to college.
Contact the financial aid office to make sure all paperwork is complete.

Some Ways to Save Money Wisely

•Save money in the bank. Use the parent’s name, not the child’s name for the account.

•Pay your credit card bills and any other debts.

*If more than one family member is in college at the same time, both will receive more financial aid.

•Spend the student’s income first, so that they have less to report.

•Buy things that you need (a new car, computer) before you send the FAFSA so that you have less cash to report.

•If you feel that your family has a special case, make an appointment with the financial aid counselor at the school for a “Professional Judgment.” They might be able to adjust your financial aid amount.

•Pay the maximum amount to your retirement fund.

•Do not use money from your retirement fund to pay for college. If you must use your retirement money, “borrow” the money instead of getting a “distribution.”

•Pay any student loans that your family already has, as much as possible.

•Ask grandparents to wait until the grandchild graduates before giving them money to help with their education.
•Pay as much of your mortgage as possible before sending the FAFSA.

•If you have saved money in a section 529 college savings plan, this will not greatly affect your financial aid.
Think carefully about when you submit the FAFSA, because they will look at your assets and marital status as of the application date.


Carlos Franco
Parent Coordinator
718-333-7860 ext 3013

Carlos Franco hails from Socorro in western Texas. He received his B.A. in History from The University of Texas-El Paso (Go Miners!). Carlos is a native Spanish speaker. He previously lived in Boston where he worked as a conflict resolution and athletics coach through Sports4Kids. He also has experience with high school students while working as a computer lab assistant, tutor, and mentor. To get in touch with our Parent Coordinator please contact him by phone or email.