The International School of Ulaanbaatar (ISU) is a nonprofit, independent, coeducational day school offering an educational program from prekindergarten through grade 12 for students of all nationalities. Permission to run the school was granted by the Mongolian Ministry of Education in May 1992. The school year is divided into 2 semesters that run from August to June.
Organization: The school is governed by an elected, multinational Board of Trustees comprised of parents of ISU children. Currently the Trustees are from the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Australia, and Mongolia. One Board member is appointed by the U.S. Embassy in Ulaanbaatar. The ISU Director and Deputy Director also sit on the Board of Trustees.
Curriculum: ISU was the first IB World School in Mongolia and is the only school accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). Its academic curriculum is based on the International Baccalaureate (IB) programs – i.e. the Primary Years Program (PYP) for PK-grade 5, the Middle Years Program (MYP) for grades 6-10, and the Diploma Program (DP) for grades 11-12. The IB teaching methodology is focused on student-centered, inquiry-based learning. A full range of subjects is offered at ISU, including English and other languages (Mongolian, Korean, Chinese, French, and Spanish), mathematics, sciences, history, economics, business management, design technology, visual arts, music, and physical education. The language of instruction and learning is English. The cocurricular program at ISU stresses outdoor education, service learning, and other forms of experiential learning making full use of the Mongolian culture and environment.
Faculty: In the 2019-2020 school year there are 54 full-time faculty, 4 senior administrators, 18 educational assistants, and 37 support staff.
Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year, enrollment is 346 (164 in Primary and 182 in Secondary). There are 24 different nationalities at the school.
Facilities: The purpose-built campus was originally completed in August 2007 with a first phase expansion completed in 2015. Facilities include a sufficient number of general primary and secondary classrooms as well as specialized rooms such as science laboratories, music and visual arts studios, design technology workshops, primary and secondary gymnasiums, primary and secondary libraries, resource rooms for university counseling, student personal counseling, EAL, and Inclusive Education assistance, as well as specialized tutoring. There are also 3 outdoor artificial turf sports fields as well as a large cafeteria, a professionally-staffed medical clinic, a multipurpose meeting room, and an underground garage/storage area. The final phase of the expansion was completed in September 2016, which includes a 6-lane, 25-meter swimming pool; a full theater; and a greenhouse.
Finances: For 2019-2020, the annual tuition rates are: PK: $20,700; K-grade 5: $29,200; grades 6-10: $35,500; and grades 11-12: $37,900. The school also charges an annual registration fee of $150 and an annual capital fund fee of $4,500 for each student enrolled, both of which are nonrefundable. (All fees are quoted in U.S. dollars.)
Information and statistics are current as of September 2019 and are provided by the school.