International School of Beijing (ISB) is an extraordinary school, made so by a tradition of educational excellence spanning almost 40 years. Establishing, nurturing, and growing such an exceptional learning community has been and remains intentional; we work hard to build strong relationships so our learning is at its best. The foundations of our school are our aspirational Mission, Vision, and Core Values.
These are brought to life and made meaningful by passionate, highly experienced, and well-qualified teachers and leaders. We share a common commitment: We all want the very best for your child and for your family. We want each student to find their place in the world and we offer them the freedom to explore their passions. ISB is dedicated to making sure we implement and sustain programs proven to be most effective for students' learning and their social and emotional needs. ISB is a progressive school, willing to respond to the changing needs of our students and meet the demands of the world which awaits them. We have an unrelenting commitment to ensuring that teaching is excellent throughout our school.
The International School of Beijing was the first international school in Beijing and today is recognized as a leading learning community. In its earliest stages, our school was made up of eight students and two certified teachers in the hallway of a diplomatic apartment compound. In 1980, amid the growth of other diplomatic communities, the US Embassy joined with the British, Australian, Canadian and New Zealand embassies and formally founded ISB.
In January 2002, ISB was permitted to accept expatriate students outside of the diplomatic community. Since then, the school has flourished and quickly became a respected international school with programs and accreditation worthy of the breadth and depth of the school's vision.
In 1991, ISB became the first school in Beijing to offer the full Diploma Programme of the International Baccalaureate. In 2007, ISB won full marks from three important accrediting agencies: the Chinese National Council on Curriculum and Textbooks (NCCT); the Council on American and International Schools Abroad (CAISA) of the US-based New England Association of Schools and Colleges; and the Council of International School (CIS), an international, globally focused accrediting agency specializing in international education worldwide.
Today, our school is made up of approximately 1,700 students from PreK 3 to Grade 12, with more than 50 different nationalities represented in our diverse student body. The school continues to lead in its innovative approaches to learning and educator development.