The International School of Ulaanbaatar (ISU) is a private, coeducational day school, which offers an educational program from preschool through grade 12 for students of all nationalities. Permission to run the School was granted by the Mongolian Ministry of Education in May 1992. The school year is divided into 2 semesters that run from August to June.
Organization: The School is governed by a multinational Board which consists of individuals from the European Union, the United States, and Mongolia, including representatives of parents.
Curriculum: The program of study is based upon the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) curriculum. The teaching methodology stresses inquiry and activity-based learning based on best practice within the IBO philosophy, and the children are encouraged to enjoy and participate in the investigation of all areas of study. The School offers a full range of subjects, including English, mathematics, science, other languages (Mongolian A, Korean A, Chinese B, and French B), history, music, technology, visual arts, drama, and physical education. All instruction is in English, and classes in English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) are provided for students who need them. The School offers the IB Primary Years Program (IBPYP) for PS-grade 5, the IB Middle Years Program (IBMYP) for grades 6-10, and the IB Diploma Program (IBDP) for grades 11-12. The School is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and by the Council of International Schools (CIS), making ISU the only internationally accredited school and the only IB World School in Mongolia.
Faculty: In the 2011-2012 school year, there are 38 full-time faculty, 4 administrators, and 11 teaching assistants. The 11 teaching assistants are bilingual host-country nationals, who are also involved in the education of children at ISU.
Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year, enrollment was 270 (Primary 147 and Secondary 123). There are approximately 26 different nationalities at the School.
Facilities: Phases 1-3 of the new purpose-built campus for ISU was completed in August 2007. Facilities include primary and secondary classrooms, two science labs (Chemistry and Biology) with a preparation room, two IT labs (primary and secondary), gym/assembly hall with change-rooms, a Black Box theatre classroom with props/costume storage, visual arts room, library, special ESL classrooms, resource room for information about further education, soccer pitch and outside playing areas, cafeteria and kitchen, clinic/sick bay, and administration offices. A purpose-built design technology wing (workshop, storage, and CAD studio), language classrooms, and a music classroom with practice rooms and storage opened in 2009. Future plans include an indoor pool and more classrooms to cater to a proposed expansion to 600 students.
Finances: In the 2011-2012 school year, almost all of the School's income derives from tuition. The annual tuition rates are as follows: PS: $16,000; Kdg.-grade 5: $22,582; grades 6-10: $27,526; and grades 11-12: $29,323. The School also charges a registration fee of $150 and a capital fund fee of $3,500 (PS-grade 12) for each student enrolled, both of which are nonrefundable. Fees also include a refundable library deposit of $102 and a refundable textbook deposit, grades 6-12 only, of $304. The School offers a discount for siblings. (All fees are quoted in U.S. dollars.)