About Us

Our Mission

Granada International School aims to engage each student in a creative, experiential, and bilingual learning environment to uncover the maximum intellectual, artistic, and physical potential of each student. Our objective is to develop a lifelong love of learning and create a strong foundation for future academic achievement. This experience is conducted in an innovative environment that values independent thinking, community responsibility, a strong sense of inner discipline, the ability to embrace life’s challenges with confidence, and a willingness to explore cultural differences with an open mind.

Our Philosophy

Granada International School strives to promote a love of learning in an atmosphere where individual students are encouraged to explore their world through the arts, language, scientific adventure, and physical challenges. We nurture the whole person— mind, body, and spirit— to build a community that teaches ethical values and where treating others with respect and kindness is the standard.

Granada International School aims for educational advancement through primary creative exploration of the arts and sciences. We emphasize experiential learning and concrete activities to engage a child’s natural curiosity. By doing so, we hope to cultivate that curiosity into a driving force that will guide each student to their desired future.

Granada International School genuinely seeks to be a diverse community of learners and aspires to prepare students for the academic rigors of a competitive high school and university, to develop a strong sense of inner confidence and conviction, and the desire to lead creative and purposeful lives.

Our Director

Francine Butler is the director at Granada International School.

Francie obtained her BA from the University of California, Berkeley, majoring in Anthropology and minoring in French and English. She received a lifetime Californian teaching credential for grades k-9. Subsequently she received her MEd in Special Education from the University of Southern Mississippi, and her EdD in Special Education from University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She has a direct knowledge of the needs of students from diverse backgrounds, having taught in public schools in grades k-12 in California, Hawaii, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Nevada. Dr. Butler’s scholarship centers on the area of effective instruction, and she has published and presented research on effective practices in reading and mathematics for all students, including students with disabilities. Dr. Butler has spent 15 years teaching instructional methods at both the undergraduate and graduate levels at Weber State University, Ogden, Utah. Dr. Butler is a certified trainer in the Strategic Instruction Model Learning Strategies developed by the University of Kansas.  Dr. Butler lives in Granada with her husband, 3 dogs and 3 cats.  You may contact Mrs. Francie at [email protected]

 Our Team

Granada International School is a small, community school by design. Our classes are capped at 16 students to maintain a close student to teacher ratio and assure individualized attention. We strive to help each child be the very best possible version of him or herself. We understand that we are as much cheerleaders as we are instructors. Each student needs to feel they are a valuable member of the GIS community. We want to allow each student to grow, mature, and learn in an environment that prizes intellectual curiosity, encourages creative exploration and critical thinking, and is founded upon mutual respect and responsibility.