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The Admissions Department at ISB is here to support international families, whether they are moving to China for the first time or are seasoned Beijing residents. With a tradition of educational excellence since 1980, ISB is open to families from all national systems and education backgrounds, and we are a learning institution that can serve students with diverse abilities and needs from Early Years (EY) 3 to Grade 12.

Across the school, we are constantly mindful of our aspirational Mission, Vision, and Core Values. A defining characteristic is our commitment to great teaching influenced by the latest research, and the flexibility to choose our learning standards from different educational systems around the world. Our strong sense of community and vibrant campus are key in our Whole Child approach, which values young learners' health and integrity along with their academic performance. Whether our students will be returning to their home system after ISB or pursuing their passions elsewhere in the world, our programs equip them to be productive, healthy, and fulfilled young people. 

You have our invitation to visit ISB, to see how we are a school of opportunity with unmatched resources – both in terms of our faculty, our most important resource, and our facilities. These are made possible by the fact that we are non-profit; all our revenue goes back into making the school better.

We recognize that people come to ISB from various cultures and educational systems. The Admissions Department is ready to advise you on how ISB is different by design and how students and their families can flourish here. Feel free to contact us at any time to find out about all the opportunities this leading international school offers. 

Leila Akahloun - 1995
Leila Akahloun - 1995

"ISB provided me with a solid academic foundation and eye-opening international experiences through my participation at THIMUN and BEIMUN events. I was able to handle my undergraduate and graduate classes with relative ease thanks to the rigor of the IB curriculum at ISB, which then positioned me well to pursue a career in international development."

Fred Chang from ISB
Fred Chang - 2012

"Being at ISB has allowed me to develop my skills in learning new technologies and comfortably incorporating them in my work flow. Combine that with all the different nationalities and cultural backgrounds in the classroom, it became very clear to me I was in a very special place and well-positioned for the global economy."

Ethan Houston - 2018
Ethan Houston - 2018

"I did the first half of the IB Programme and then I decided to do something different. It doesn't work for everyone and they let you design your studies more yourself."

Eric Livdahl - 2007
Eric Livdahl - 2007

"ISB prepped me most for my current career by creating constant opportunities to interact with new people and places through APAC and China Studies trips, and forcing me to work and make friends with an ever-changing international group from a wide variety of cultural, economic and linguistic backgrounds."

Christopher Nobre - 2011
Christopher Nobre - 2011

"Flat out the best college prep I could have ever imagined. While my new friends and classmates were struggling through the first few weeks and months of engineering at a top university, I felt right at home with the rigor of the IB Programme. I'm also thankful for the CAS program that pushed me to explore new things and encouraged me to live a more balanced lifestyle." 

Camille Cheng - 2011
Camille Cheng - Class of 2011

When Beijing hosted the 2008 Olympics, then 15-year-old ISB student Camille Cheng ('11) tried to see every swimming session from the bleachers of the Water Cube. Eight years later, she made her own mark at the Rio Olympics representing Hong Kong in the 200-meter freestyle and 400-meter medley. She shared her experience of competing at the pinnacle of her sport.

World-Class Facilities

Our 32-acre campus in Shunyi District, close to popular expat residential compounds, plays host to superior facilities.


2 purpose-built sports domes providing over 8,500 m2 of space

A pharmaceutical-grade (H-14) air filtration system ensures exceptionally high air quality in all our indoor areas, averaging an AQI level of 1 throughout the school


665-seat sports stadium, including running track and rugby pitch

2 baseball and softball diamonds


12 state-of-the-art science labs

A student cooking lab

4 fully equipped gyms (one with a climbing wall)

Aquatics center with a 25m pool and diving boards

2 full-sized turf soccer fields

Flexible learning spaces, including design labs and 'collaboratories.' 


2 library-media centers with more than 82,000 volumes and over 160 magazine subscriptions

Our performing arts wing consists of a 600-seat theater, an elementary school theater Black Box theater, rehearsal spaces, recording studio, dance studios, and studio stage

A visual arts wing in the Middle and High School, and a new visual arts wing in Elementary School

ISB one-to-one MacBook laptop program for each student in Grades 2 through 12.