First SISU School® Is Slated for September 2021 Opening
ISS-LUMO collaboration brings innovative, new start up model
to K-12 international school sector
PRINCETON NJ, USA (APRIL 21, 2021) — Ikigai SISU School is slated to be the first SISU school to open, part of an innovative, global franchise-model designed to create world-class K-12 international schools.
The SISU Schools® model is made possible through the collaboration of two well-respected leaders in international education: International Schools Services (ISS) and Lumo Education. SISU Schools offers a complete, streamlined school start up service to prospective school owners, educational entrepreneurs, and investors that delivers a globalized education program following Finnish, American, and international standards. The SISU program is a K-12 program that can be used in any country and in any language.
The Ikigai SISU School will be located in Punta Cana, a premier resort destination in the Caribbean, located at the easternmost tip of the Dominican Republic. The school is being developed at the request of Gordana Stojanovic, CEO of Centro Educativo Ikigai. Ms. Stojanovic said, “Looking for a perfect partner for our amazing Ikigai School in Punta Cana, we have found even more amazing SISU school and its team! It was love at first sight! SISU is everything that a school of today should be, and it is a way of making the world a better place through education. Aki, Sanna and Dick, the SISU team, made the process so easy and smooth, and have been extremely supportive and professional. They are the perfect partner one should have. We know our success is guaranteed as long as we have SISU by our side!”
The Ikigai SISU School will initially open in September 2021 with a SISU Kids program, and the owner envisions building a larger K-12 school (SISU Students and SISU Scholars programs) over time. Student enrollment is expected to be comprised of primarily expatriate dependents whose parents work in the resort hotel industry but will also cater to Dominicans.
ISS and LUMO forged their collaboration in 2018 and have worked with many school owners and operators. Aki Halko, CEO of Lumo, reflected on SISU schools, “Through SISU Schools, LUMO’s mission to increase the level of education becomes alive as it can be implemented in any country, in any language, and at any school level. SISU Schools is a comprehensive concept that makes school setup and operation easy. We also welcome existing kindergartens and schools to join us!” Dr. Dick Moore, ISS Senior Leadership Executive for SISU, shared his perspective, “The SISU franchise model is predicated on the need for a lower cost, highly standardized franchise approach to international education. I am excited by the opportunity to make international style education available to a much broader market and, in the process, live up to our ISS credo of making a world of difference.”
SISU Schools® is named after the character and culture it hopes to foster. Loosely translated, it is persistence, grit, guts, bravery, courage, and willpower. It means extraordinary determination and endurance in the face of adversity and an action mindset that enables individuals to reach what was considered impossible.
SISU Schools® is a K-12 school concept and a registered trademark of Lumo Education Ltd. and International Schools Services.