About Us

ISB is an extraordinary school, with a history of excellence spanning almost 40 years. Our Mission, Vision, and Core Values are fulfilled by passionate, highly qualified educators who all want the best for every student, PreK through grade 12. 

Our Mission

The International School of Beijing offers an academically rigorous, balanced, and engaging learning environment, enriched by being in China and strengthened by collaboration with parents and external partnerships. We cultivate inspirational and creative opportunities to develop each student’s unique potential. We nurture confidence and intellectual curiosity through experiential learning and innovative applications of knowledge and skills.

Our Vision

The International School of Beijing aspires to be an adaptive, inspirational, forward-looking learning community, cultivating relationships that ignite each student’s passion for lifelong learning. We will nurture the intellectual, physical, social, and emotional development of each child. We will embrace change, inspire creativity and foster innovation. We will actively promote global understanding and respect within and between cultures. Our community will model integrity and seek opportunities to serve with compassion and conviction.

Our Core Values

Global-mindedness fosters diversity of thought among students who consider their role in an increasingly connected world.

Integrity is as highly valued as results, laying the platform by which we function.

Respect among our community is a fundamental attribute for learning together.

Balance in the lives of all our community members is promoted and supported.

 

Service prepares engaged global citizens committed to contributing to the world around them.

Creativity is a critical quality for future success, which along with innovation is valued and promoted.


 

ISB is dedicated to implementing and sustaining programs proven to be most effective for student learning and well-being. As a progressive school, we respond to the changing needs of students in higher education and the world which awaits them. A defining characteristic is our commitment to great teaching influenced by the latest research, and the flexibility to choose learning standards from different educational systems around the world.

Of utmost importance is the school’s strong sense of community and vibrant, culturally diverse campus, where learning is engaging for our over 1,700 students representing more than 50 countries. Research-based programs, high-quality teaching, and outstanding and ever-improving facilities mean students at ISB are being prepared for success in a world that keeps changing at a breathtaking pace.

Communication and collaboration are skills instilled in our students throughout their education, with a significant proportion of their learning taking place outside the classroom, through engagement with the wider community. Students are engaged in a variety of learning opportunities, enabling them to discover innate abilities, learn teamwork, exercise initiative and, ultimately, find a productive place within the ISB community and wider world.

ISB enjoys a proven track record of excellent learning outcomes, with students attending colleges around the world which are most appropriate for them. Our commitment to realizing students’ potential is built around nurturing the intellectual, physical, social and emotional development of each child. ISB programs equip students to be productive, healthy, and fulfilled young adults, whatever future they choose.

Our History

The International School of Beijing was the first international school in Beijing and today is recognized as a leading learning community. In its earliest stages, our school was made up of eight students and two certified teachers in the hallway of a diplomatic apartment compound. In 1980, amid the growth of other diplomatic communities, the US Embassy joined with the British, Australian, Canadian, and New Zealand embassies and formally founded ISB.

In 1991, ISB became the first school in Beijing to offer the full Diploma Programme of the International Baccalaureate. In 2007, ISB won full marks from three important accrediting agencies: the Chinese National Council on Curriculum and Textbooks (NCCT); the Council on American and International Schools Abroad (CAISA) of the US-based New England Association of Schools and Colleges; and the Council of International School (CIS), an international, globally focused accrediting agency specializing in international education worldwide.

In January 2002, ISB was permitted to accept expatriate students outside of the diplomatic community. Since then, ISB has flourished and quickly became a respected international school with programs and accreditation worthy of the breadth and depth of its vision.

Today, our school is made up of approximately 1,700 students from PreK 3 to Grade 12, with more than 50 different nationalities represented in our diverse student body. The school continues to lead in its innovative approaches to learning and educator development.

As we approach our 40th anniversary, we are proud of the community we have become, built on the firm foundations put in place by those administrators, faculty, staff, students, and parents who have been part of our school over the last four decades. Our commitment is to continue this legacy to ensure we provide excellent learning and opportunities for our students in the years to come.

ISB History Time Line

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Our Governance

ISB is a non-profit school governed by a 12-member Board of Trustees. These 12 volunteers are responsible for setting and approving school policy, overseeing ISB's financial status, recruiting, supporting, and evaluating the Head of School and guiding strategic direction of the school.

Our parent and student community vote to elect members of the Board. The Board hosts monthly meetings and invites members of the ISB community to attend open sessions.

Each year, the Board sets goals to fulfill its responsibilities and establishes standing committees to manage its work. One Board member serves as chair of each committee and is assisted by a representative of the school's leadership team, parents, and faculty representatives. More information about how our parents can get involved is available on our internal parent portal, Dragons' Gate.

Board Members 2019-2020

  • Board Chair: Douglas Cougle
  • Vice Chair: Mathias Boyer
  • Treasurer: Liyin Liang
  • Secretary: Cynthia Wang
  • Trustees:  Kenneth Lee, Gabriella Eitingon, Jennifer Huang, Vincent Jiang,
  • Francis Ng, Hai Huang, Su Jin, Jun Wang