Belgium, Brussels: International School of Brussels

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Date: 11/28/2011 Location: Brussels Belgium Description: International School of Brussels - State Dept Image





The International School of Brussels (ISB), founded in 1951, is an independent, non-profit day school which offers an international education for students from age 2 ½ to 19 for students of all nationalities.

Curriculum: The School has developed a coherent international curriculum designed to develop independent learners and international citizens, the two outcomes which are the heart of the School’s mission statement. The language of instruction is English with French being taught from the age of five. There is an extensive English-as-a-Second-Language program. Other languages include Dutch, Spanish and Japanese. High School prepares students for the International Baccalaureate Diploma, the Advanced Placement International Diploma, the ISB Academic and General High School Diplomas and the ISB Individualized Diploma for students graduating from the school’s special education program. Ninety-five percent of ISB graduates continue on to higher education in colleges and universities around the world. ISB has developed a model learning support program, driven by its mission of inclusion, challenge and success for every individual. The program serves students with mild to severe cognitive and developmental disabilities and has been substantially supported by the Office of Overseas Schools. The School has the largest competitive athletics program in Europe, including the only American Football program in a European international school. It is equally committed to aesthetic education, with extensive programs in the visual and performing arts. ISB offers a Summer School and a wide range of extra-curricular activities, including an outdoor education program that offers the International Award, as well as adventure trips during vacations.

ISB is deeply committed to environmental education and partners with a number of major organizations in developing environmental policy. The school is also highly committed to learning through technology, with all students from Grade 3 provided with tablet PC’s and the whole campus operating as a wireless environment. ISB is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and the Council of International Schools.

Faculty: In the 2011-2012 school year, there are 235 full-time faculty members representing 21 nationalities.

Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year, enrollment was 1,535.

Facilities: ISB occupies an outstanding campus comprising 45 acres of woodland situated in the south east end of Brussels. The campus houses the four school divisions, from Early Childhood Center to High School, together with the International Community Centre which offers a range of adult learning options, and the school’s administrative hub, the Chateau de Fougères. ISB has outstanding facilities, including two multi-purpose gyms, two all-weather sports fields, an athletic track, a fitness center, an indoor climbing wall and covered tennis courts.  Vehicle access is strictly controlled and all adults wear security badges. The campus is supervised by an efficient security team and monitored by cross-circuit TV. This upgrade is purely preventive, and has not affected the welcoming atmosphere of the school or physical beauty of the campus.

Finances: In the 2011-2012 school year, annual tuition ranges from €13,800-€30,500. (All fees are quoted in euros.)

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