The International School of Iceland is an independent, coeducational day school, which offers an educational program from kindergarten through grade 7 for students of all nationalities. The School, formerly called The American Embassy School, was founded in 1960. The school year comprises 2 semesters extending from August 24 to January 15 and from January 18 to June 9.
Organization: The School is governed by a 6-member Board of Directors. The School is not incorporated.
Curriculum: The curriculum is that of U.S. general academic public schools, the International Primary Curriculum, local environment and the interests of the children enrolled. The core courses (language arts/reading, math, science, social studies) are taught in English. The curriculum is enriched by the fact that the school is housed in Sjálandskóli, a public school in Garðabær. This brings a truly international and cross-cultural quality to the program, as well as an opportunity for students to be immersed in Icelandic language and culture.
Faculty: In the 2011-2012 school year there are 11 full-time faculty members.
Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year there were 58 students.
Facilities: The School is housed in an elementary school in the suburb of Garðabær. As well as cultural exchanges, students benefit from Sjálandsskóli’s state of the art facilities: cafeteria, computer lab, library and playground. Sjalandskoli was opened in 2005 and has approximately 250 students.
Finances: For the 2011-2012 tuition for grades K-7: $19,240. These fees are payable in U.S. dollars or Euros. Children in grades 1-7 may apply to their local municipality for a voucher for a portion of the annual tuition, provided they are legal residents of that municipality. (All fees are quoted in U.S. dollars.)