The International School of Belgrade (ISB) is an independent, coeducational day school which offers an educational program from preschool (age three) through grade 12 for students of all nationalities. The 2020-2021 school year comprises two semesters extending from August 24 through December 18 and from January 11 through June 17.
Organization: Members elected by ISB’s Association as well as members appointed by the U. S. Ambassador and by the ISB Board of Trustees govern the school. The board of trustees consists of no less than seven voting members and no more than 10. The U.S. Ambassador appoints three members, one of whom is the treasurer. A minimum of two and a maximum of five members are elected from the membership. Elections are managed in an effort to reach the maximum of five elected members. The board may choose to appoint up to two additional members. At least one member of the board, either elected or appointed, must be a Serbian citizen. The board of trustees appoints the director. Membership in the association is automatically conferred upon the parents or guardians of children enrolled in the school. The school is incorporated and has U.S. tax-exempt status.
Curriculum: The curriculum is similar to that of U.S. general academic, high-quality public schools. In addition, ISB is an IBO World School, authorized to offer the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program (PK-grade 5), Middle Years Program (grades 6-10), and the Diploma Program (grades 11-12). ISB is a college preparatory school that offers a rich curriculum designed to stimulate the minds of children of all ages; it also serves students with mild learning disabilities. For a complete view of the school’s curriculum, prospective parents and students can check the school’s website. The school is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and is the Council of International Schools member school.
Faculty: In the 2020-2021 school year, there are 69 faculty members.
Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year, enrollment was 337 (preschool: 8; K-grade 5: 149 and grades 6-12: 180).
Facilities: The primary school and secondary school campuses are in close proximity of one another and consist of a combination of new, purpose-built facilities and remodeled villas with adjacent buildings. The campuses are located in a quiet, residential area of Belgrade. Each campus has a library with a total of 15,540 volumes, and a bring-your-own-laptop (BYOL) program is in place for all secondary school students (grades 6-12). The main idea is to move further into the digital learning age by facilitating the safe and productive use of electronic devices through the empowerment of students taking a more active ownership of their own learning with their own laptops. The primary school students have one-to-one laptops for years 3 to 5 on offer, and a one-to-two iPad program for kindergarten to grade 2. There are purpose-built science laboratories at the middle school and high school, as well as a gymnasium and two tennis courts. ISB offers a catered hot lunch five days per week, plus limited bus transportation.
Finances: In the 2020-2021 school year, about 98% of the school’s income derives from tuition. Annual tuition rates are as follows: PK: $8,120; K-grade 5: $19,975; grades 6-8: $21,565, and grades 9-12: $23,985. In addition to the tuition fees, the capital fee is €1,500 for new students in grades K-12.
Information and statistics are current as of September 2020 and provided by the school.