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
n our Elementary School, we believe in enhancing students' understanding of relevant concepts for today's world and the future. This means developing skills, building knowledge, and applying their learning to a variety of new contexts. Our students are empowered to solve problems, question the world around them, and develop and test hypotheses in a collaborative, supportive environment. We believe that young students are naturally curious. We enhance our students' 21st-century learning skills by providing engaging learning experiences. As our students learn to work together, they grow to understand different perspectives and strengthen their social skills.
PreK 3 and PreK 4 focuses on mastering basic learning skills either through the ISB program or the ISB Dual Language Program / ISB 双语教学. The early years in a child's development are critical for playing and creating in a supportive environment. This is a time for young learners to test ideas, solve problems, develop trust, and build relationships with peers and teachers. Our students learn through play–based activities. ISB's learning studios have an abundance of resources to develop specific skills and prompt interactions during structured play.
Our youngest students have daily Chinese lessons and are also engaged in Chinese language and culture learning. This cross-curricular approach to learning takes place in our dedicated learning studios, our outdoor learning environment and indoor sports facilities.
We recognize that each student has an individual learning style and that students make progress in different areas at different rates. We believe it is our task to align the learning experience with the needs of each student, and work closely with parents to support their child's unique learning journey.