The International School Yangon (ISY) is a private, coeducational day school, which offers an educational program from prekindergarten through grade 12 for students of all nationalities who desire a U.S. education. The school was founded in 1955. The school year typically begins the second week of August and ends the first week of June.
Organization: The school is governed by an 11-member Board of Trustees of whom 4 are elected for 2-year terms by the Parents’ Association, the sponsor of the school. Membership in the association is automatically conferred on the parents or guardians of children enrolled in the school. The school is nonprofit and nonsectarian. It has been unofficially permitted to operate by the Myanmar government for the past years, but the school is now in the process of registration.
Curriculum: The International School Yangon (ISY) provides an American, internationally influenced, standards-based, curriculum where a comprehensive range of academics and activities are offered. In the high school, the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program is offered in grades 11 and 12. The language of instruction is English with Mandarin and French taught as additional languages. The assessment program includes the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) Growth, the Writing Assessment Program (WrAP), the Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Languages (AAPPL), and the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT) in addition to the broad spectrum of IB exams in grades 11 and 12. ISY is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, authorized by the International Baccalaureate (IB) Organization, and a member of the East Asia Regional Council of Schools (EARCOS). The majority of ISY graduates are accepted by selective universities in the United States.
Admissions: All applicants must complete an online application prior to enrollment. Enrollment for students with special education needs (SEN) and English Language Learners (ELL) needs will be limited by space and resource availability. Admission decisions are based on an assessment of available human resources and the school’s ability to provide quality learning opportunities for all its students.
Faculty: In the 2019-2020 school year, there is the Director, Chief of Operations, 2 principals, Director of Curriculum & Learning, an IB coordinator, 3 counselors, an Advancement team, Director of Technology, Director Health and Safety, Business Manager, Admissions Coordinator, 2 doctors and a nurse, a librarian, and 80 teachers and 27 teaching assistants.
Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year, enrollment was 780 (PK–grade 12).
Facilities: The school campus consists of 6 buildings on a 4-acre site in a residential area of Yangon and features a well-equipped library; music, art and drama facilities along with a makerspace; 5 science labs; a new clinic; a cafeteria; and 4 food vendors providing healthy options to students. Sports facilities include a large 2-court gym, 25-meter swimming pool, a newly laid artificial turf soccer field, an open-air covered basketball/volleyball court, and a fully equipped fitness room. In the summer of 2019, a brand new playground was installed. ISY Nay Pyi Taw is a 5-acre site being developed in 3 phases as the campus grows. It was opened in September 2019 as a satellite location to support the diplomatic and local communities. ISY Nay Pyi Taw is a Pre-K through grade 8 school offering the same academic program as ISY in Yangon.
Finances: In 2019-2020 school year, about 98 percent of the School’s income derives from school tuition and other fees. The annual tuition rates are: PK: $13,550; K-grade 5: $21,750; grades 6-8: $24,200; and grades 9-12: $24,800. The school charges a one-time registration fee of $9,500 for grades K-12. ISY offers to its new enrollees a non-revocable choice between (a) a one-time capital levy of $5,000 or (b) an annual, nonrefundable fee of $1,500 for the duration of the child’s tenure at ISY. (All fees are quoted in U.S. dollars.)
Information and statistics are current as of September 2019 and are provided by the school.