ISB is an extraordinary school; made so by a tradition of educational excellence spanning more than 36 years. Establishing, nurturing, and growing such an exceptional learning community has been and remains intentional; the virtues of our school are our aspirational Mission, Vision, and Core Values. These are fulfilled by passionate, highly experienced, and qualified teachers and leaders, sharing a common commitment: we all want the very best for your child and for your family.
ISB is dedicated to making sure we implement and sustain programs proven to be most effective for student learning and wellbeing. ISB is an adaptive school, willing to innovate and transform in response to the changing needs of our students. A differentiating characteristic of our appeal is our strong sense of community and vibrant campus, where learning is engaging for all our students. ISB enjoys a proven track record of excellent learning outcomes, with students attending colleges which are right for them. Our commitment to realizing students' potential is built around providing a balanced education which addresses their academic and, crucially, their social-emotional and physical wellbeing.
You have my open invitation to visit our school, in order to witness the transformational learning experiences taking place here every day. You will discover that our reputation as one of China's top international schools is well deserved. Here, you will find a culturally diverse school, with more than 1,600 students representing over 50 countries. Most importantly, you will observe first-hand a school that offers a balanced learning environment where our skilled and passionate teachers bring out the best in their students. Our website undoubtedly provides you with important information about our school, and yet only through being here with us can you fully appreciate the school's qualities.
Communication and collaboration are skills instilled in our students throughout their education, with a significant proportion of their learning taking place outside the classroom, through engagement with the wider community. We engage each student in a variety of learning opportunities, enabling them to discover innate abilities, learn teamwork, exercise initiative and, ultimately, find a productive place within the ISB community and wider world. They deserve nothing less.
Never before has the partnership between school and home been more important. ISB is more than a school; it's a way of life. Our parents fulfil a vital role by living and modelling our Core Values, promoting school spirit, and welcoming new families.
ISB implements a strategic plan; supporting and furthering our Vision, Mission and Core Values, and providing clear direction for our school in an ever-evolving educational landscape. Our graduates will live and work in a rapidly changing world; we know that our programs equip them to be productive, healthy, and fulfilled young adults.
Patrick Hurworth, Head of School
International School of Beijing
Our students have the opportunity to pursue their interests and learn in a way that is relevant to them. In the Middle School, many of our core subjects are divided into theme-based units. This allows students to engage with elements that spark their imagination and approach the topic from a unique perspective. In other subjects, students can evaluate their academic performance and choose a learning track that will challenge them at an appropriate level. Our educators work together in small teams to monitor student progress and ensure academic differentiation in accordance with individual student ability.
Our enrichment program enables students to experience new activities and discover their passions. Each quarter, students can choose an interest to pursue or academic group to take part in during their daily enrichment period. All students in the Middle School have the opportunity to be part of a sports team or performing arts group during After-School Activities, which emphasize inclusiveness and teamwork. At the beginning of the academic year, our Middle School students venture off campus to get to know their peer group. These learning experiences are designed for team building; they help students to form strong relationships, build resilience and learn how to work well with one another. Our Student Council plays an active role in the Middle School, bringing the community together to raise funds for charitable organizations and host events.