International School of Beijing (ISB) is an English-language day school, offering an international curriculum for expatriate children in China. ISB provides education from PreK (age 3) through grade 12, in three divisions: Elementary School, Middle School, and High school. Each division has its own principal, assistant principal, and support services team. The school year runs from August to mid-June over two semesters. In 2002, ISB moved into a new facility in Shunyi District, in northeast Beijing. At that time, the School ceased to be a diplomatic entity and became an independent school for expatriate children recognized by the Beijing Municipal Education Commission.
Organization: A 12-member Board of Trustees, elected by the School’s parents’ association, provides oversight and governance. All parents of ISB students are members of the Parents’ Association.
Curriculum: The international standards-based curriculum draws from the best standards and benchmarks from around the World. The school closely follows North American content standards in major subject areas in the Elementary School; in the Middle School a comprehensive model is implemented from the US-based National Middle School Association; and in the High School students progress through the curriculum with credits-to-graduation toward the US-accredited diploma. Basic subject areas include English language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, performing arts, visual arts, physical education and health, information communications technology, and world languages in Chinese, French, and Spanish. The school offers a comprehensive student support services program. As an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School, the IB Diploma Program is offered in grades 11 and 12. Advanced Placement courses are also offered in mathematics, US History, and Mandarin. The Understanding by Design framework is used for unit planning and has been enhanced with 21st century learning skills and approaches using a framework known as Learning 21@ISB. The school is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Council of International Schools, and in China by the National Center for School Curriculum and Textbook Development..
Faculty: In school year 2011-2012, there are 200 full-time and 4 part-time faculty members.
Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year, enrollment was 1,900 (ES: 685, MS: 545, HS: 670).
Facilities: The School is located on a 32-acre campus close to popular residential compounds. Facilities include 2 libraries with over 82,000 volumes and over 160 magazine subscriptions, 12 science laboratories, auditorium/theater, pool, track, 4 gymnasiums and a separate weight room, 6 playing fields, tennis courts, baseball diamond, 2 cafeterias, and a 10,000 sq. meter outdoor learning environment. The School has 2,350 computers school wide, 1830 of which are accessible to students (400 desktops, 1430 laptops). The school has commenced a 1:1 laptop initiative, with all students receiving a school-issued laptop in the next two years. All classrooms are equipped with a digital projector, SmartBoard, and document viewer. Wireless network and Internet access are available throughout the school.
Finances: In the 2011-2012 school year, about 95 percent of the School’s income derives from tuition. Annual rates are as follows: PreK Age 3 (half day): $12,030; PreK Age 4 (full day): $20,584; Kdg.: $24,184; grades 1 - 5: $27,061; grades 6-8: $28,676; and grades 9-12: $31,046. The School also charges an application fee of $275, payable upon enrollment, and an annual capital levy of $1,590 to $4,580. (All fees are quoted in U.S. dollars.)