International School of Beijing (ISB) is an English-language day school, offering an international curriculum for expatriate children in China. ISB provides education from pre-Kindergarten (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. Qualified applicants among U.S. government employees have top priority for admission to the school.
Organization: A 12-member board of trustees, elected by the ISB Association, provides oversight and governance. All parents or legal guardians of ISB students are members of the ISB Association.
Curriculum: The international standards-based curriculum draws from the best standards and benchmarks from around the world. ISB closely follows North American content standards in major subject areas in the elementary school; the middle school model is based on best practices developed through research carried out by the Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE); and in the high school, students progress through the curriculum with credits to graduation toward the U.S.-accredited diploma. Basic subject areas include English language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, performing arts, visual arts, physical education and health, information and communications technology, and world languages in Chinese, French, and Spanish. ISB offers a comprehensive student support services program for students with mild and moderate learning needs. Beginning in August 2020, ISB will extend its services to serve those students with intellectual/cognitive disabilities. As an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School, the IB Diploma Program is offered in grades 11 and 12. 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.’ ISB 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 the 2020-2021 school year, there are 215 full-time faculty members.
Enrollment: At the beginning of 2020-2021, enrollment was 1,605 (elementary school: 723, middle school: 435, and high school: 447). The student body represents 42 nationalities.
Facilities: ISB is located on a 32-acre campus in Shunyi, close to popular residential compounds. Two purpose-built sports domes sit side-by-side on an area of over 8,500 square meters. The campus also hosts four fully equipped gymnasiums (one with a climbing wall); baseball and softball diamonds; two full-sized turf soccer practice fields; and an aquatics center with a 25-meter pool with diving boards. The campus holds 12 state-of-the-art dedicated science labs in the elementary, middle, and high schools; design labs in each division; a cooking lab; a dedicated visual arts wing in middle school and high school; dedicated art studios in elementary school; and several flexible learning spaces. The performing arts wing consists of a 600-seat theater, black-box theater, rehearsal space, and studio stage. The campus also houses two library-media centers with more than 82,000 volumes and over 160 magazine subscriptions. ISB has exceptionally high air quality in all our indoor areas. ISB supports a 1-to-1 MacBook laptop program for each grade 2-12 student, with wireless network and Internet available throughout the school. A pharmaceutical grade (H-14) air filtration system is effective throughout the campus and, along with UV-C lights to discourage bacteria growth, works to create a clean and healthy learning environment. Construction is well under way on new facilities, due to open in 2019 and 2020. These include an early years learning center; elementary school arts center and theater; middle and high school performing arts center; and middle and high school design center.
Finances: Annual charges for 2020-2021 are as follows: Early Years 3/4 (full day): tuition $28,989, capital fee (CF) $1,812, total fees (TF) $30,801 (NOTE: Limited fee waivers offered to ISB founding embassy families Early Years Age 3/4). Annual charges for other grade levels are: Kinder: tuition $33,476, CF $2,940, TF $36,416; grades 1-5: tuition $33,476, CF $5,238, TF $38,713; grades 6-8: tuition $36,191, CF $5,238, TF $41,429; grades 9-10: tuition $39,347, CF $5,238, TF $44,584; and grades 11-12: tuition $40,739, CF $5,238, TF $45,977. Additional charges include bus service fee for pick-up/drop-off with annual fees that vary from $1,839 to $2,981 depending on the distance from home to ISB. (Exchange rates refer to the middle rate announced by Bank of China on November 6, 2020 @6.629.)
Information and statistics are current as of November 2020 and are provided by the school.