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International School of Beijing
The International School of Beijing (ISB) is an English-language day school offering an international curriculum for foreign children in China. ISB consists of four schools in one: the lower elementary school (PK 3-4 year olds) – grade 2, upper elementary school (grades 3-5), middle school (grades 6-8), and high school (grades 9-12), with a principal for each division. The school year extends from August to mid-June. ISB has its roots as a diplomatic school, having been established in 1980 by the embassies of the United States, Canada, Britain, Australia, and New Zealand. In January 2002 the School moved from its Lido Hotel premises into a new facility in Shunyi District, in northeast Beijing. It then ceased to be a diplomatic entity and became an independent school for foreign children under the auspices of the Beijing Municipal Education Commission.

Organization: The School is governed by a 12-member Board of Directors elected by the School’s parent association, which comprises all parents with children enrolled in the School, which has oversight of ISB.

Curriculum: The curriculum ISB offers is outcome-based, drawing from the best resources available internationally. The grade-level outcomes can be viewed on the school's website at All curricula are developed by in-house committees comprised of teachers and administrators. Basic subject areas include language arts, mathematics, social science, health, science, technology, physical education, fine arts, performing arts, foreign language and China Studies. The School offers a comprehensive ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) program, as well as limited learning support for students with mild needs. ISB is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and offers the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma program to high school students.

Faculty: In school year 2004-2005, there were 191 full-time and 3 part-time faculty members.

Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2004-2005 school year, enrollment was 1,785 (PK-grade 5: 670, grades 6-8: 518, and grades 9-12: 597).

Facilities: The School is located in the immediate vicinity of residential villas such as Capital Paradise, Lomond Lake, Eurovillage, and River Gardens. The school is envisioned as a community center for international families in Shunyi District Beijing. Highlights of the school facility are a 600-seat professional theater, a 6-lane competition swimming pool, 3 gymnasiums, 2 libraries, 2 cafeterias, 12 science laboratories, and extensive outdoor sports grounds. The high-tech facility boasts voice and data ports throughout the building, as well as fiber optic links that enable teachers and students to access video on demand. Educational software located on a virtual drive can be accessed by personal computers throughout the school on an as-needed basis.

Finances: In the 2004-2005 school year, about 95% of the School’s income derives from regular day school tuition. Annual rates are as follows: PK (full day): $12,800; Kdg.-grade-5: $15,000; grades 6-8: $16,100; and grades 9-12: $17,730. The School also charges the following additional fees: a one-time application fee of $200; an annual capital levy of $1,200 for PK; $1,500 for Kdg., and $3,600 for grades 1-12; and a refundable building fee of $15,000 for Kdg.-grade 12. (All fees are quoted in U.S. dollars.)


Mr. Thomas Hawkins, Director
The International School of Beijing
No. 10 An Hua Street
Shunyi District
Beijing 101300, People's Republic of China
Tel: 86-10-8046-2345
Fax: 86-10-8046-2001

Adapted from material published by the U.S. Department of State.
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