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, nonprofit, coeducational day school enrolling students in nursery through grade 12 (from 2 to 18 years of age).
Organization: A nine-member board of trustees governs the school. Five are elected by the parents of enrolled students for a three-year term, and four 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 Program (ages 3 to 11) is offered in the lower school, the Middle Years Program (ages 11 to 16) in the upper school, and the Diploma Program in the last two years of the upper school. In addition, ISA offers a nursery program for two-year-olds. 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 2020-2021 academic year, there are 165 full-time and 41 part-time faculty members. Faculty members are highly qualified and experienced teachers holding one or more advanced degrees.
Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2020–2021 school year, enrollment was 1,315 students.
Facilities: The school is housed in a purpose-built facility designed for international education. Facilities include a professional development center, three libraries, a 400-seat theater, eight science laboratories, and specialist rooms for music, art, and drama. More than 1,500 computers and iPads are joined in a school-wide network that has direct access to the Internet. Three gymnasiums, discovery-oriented playgrounds, and adjacent playing fields are large, well equipped, and secure.
Finances: In the 2020-2021 school year, approximately 99% of the school’s income comes from annual tuition fees. The annual tuition rates for nursery-grade 12 range as follows: €17,870 to €25,650. In addition, the school charges a capital fee of €2,800, a €275 application fee, and a PTA fee of €35 per student. (All fees quoted in euros.)
Special Needs: Download the Special Needs Profile (Special Needs Netherlands, Amsterdam) for this school to learn more about their capability to support students with exceptionalities.
Information and statistics are current as of September 2020 and provided by the school.