Netherlands (The), Amsterdam: The International School of Amsterdam

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Date: 12/05/2011 Location: Amsterdam The Netherlands Description: The International School of Amsterdam - State Dept Image



The International School of Amsterdam (ISA) was founded in 1964 to serve the educational needs of the children of the international community living in and around Amsterdam. ISA is a non-sectarian, non-profit coeducational day school enrolling students in pre-school through grade 12 (from 3 to 18 years of age).

Organization: A 9-member Board of Governors governs the school. 6 are elected by the parents of enrolled students for a term of 3 years; 3 are appointed by the Board.

Curriculum: ISA was the first school in the world authorized to teach a complete International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum. The Primary Years Programme (ages 3 to 11) is offered in the Lower School, the Middle Years Programme (ages 11 to 16) in the Upper School and the Diploma Programme in the last two years of the Upper School. Upper School students may opt for the International Baccalaureate Diploma and/or an accredited American-style High School Diploma. The language of instruction is English. Dutch, French, Japanese, Mandarin, and Spanish are offered as additional languages. The school can accommodate students with mild educational difficulties or physical disabilities according to the limited facilities and personnel available. An extensive extracurricular activities program is available to students. ISA is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and the Council of International Schools and the International Baccalaureate.

Faculty: In the 2011-2012 academic year, there are 112 full-time and 32 part-time faculty members.  Faculty members are highly qualified and experienced teachers holding one or more advanced degrees.

Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year, enrollment was 976 students.

Facilities: The School is housed in a purpose-built facility designed for international education. Facilities include a four-floor library/media center, a 400-seat theatre, six science laboratories and specialist rooms for music, art, and drama. More than 1,000 computers and iPads are joined in a school-wide network that has direct access to the Internet. Two gymnasiums, discovery oriented playgrounds and adjacent playing fields are large, well equipped and secure.

Finances: In the 2011-2012 school year, approximately 99% of the School’s income came from annual tuition fees. The annual tuition rates range as follows: Nursery (2 full days) – Grade 12 €5,950 to €21,450. In addition there is an enrolment/registration fee of €3,500 for new students, and €300 for returning students and a PTA fee of €35 per family. (All fees are quoted in euros.)

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