The International School Yangon (ISY) is a private, coeducational day school, which offers an educational program from pre-Kindergarten through grade 12 for students of all nationalities who desire a U.S. education. The school was founded in 1955. The school year begins the third week of August and ends the second week of June.
Organization: The school is governed by an 11-member Board of Trustees of whom four are elected for two-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 has completed registration and is now in the process of applying as a foreign investment entity.
Curriculum: 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 is 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 2021-2022 school year, ISY has 179 total staff including 74 teachers. All teaching faculty maintain a teaching certificate/credential, a document verifying free of criminal records from last country of posting and their country of origin.
Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2021-2022 school year, including ISY Nay Pyi Taw, enrollment was 379 (PK–12).
Facilities: The school campus consists of six buildings on a four-acre site in a residential area of Yangon and features a well-equipped library; music, art and drama facilities along with a Makerspace; five science labs; a new clinic; a cafeteria; and three food vendors providing healthy options to students. Sports facilities include a large two-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.
Finances: In 2021-2022 school year, about 98 percent of the school’s income derives from school tuition and other fees. The annual tuition rates are: PK: $14,230; K-5: $22,840; 6-8: $25,410; and 9-12: $26,040. The school charges a one-time registration fee of $9,500 for grades K-12. (All fees quoted in U.S. dollars.)
Special Needs: Download the Special Needs Profile (Special Needs Burma, Rangoon) for this school to learn more about their capability to support students with exceptionalities.
This Fact Sheet is intended to provide general information. Prospective users of the schools may wish to inquire further of A/OPR/OS or contact the school directly for more specific and up-to-the-minute information. Information and statistics are current as of September 2021 and are provided by the school.