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We understand that choosing the right school for your child is an important decision, which is why we strive to provide parents with as much relevant information as possible. Below are questions that members of our admissions team are often asked by families. We hope these answers will help give a clearer picture of what happens at ISB.

How can I place my child on the waiting list?

We use a wait pool of students who meet our admissions criteria. A student can be placed in the wait pool after their application has been reviewed by the admissions committee. In times of limited places, siblings of enrolled students who have completed the application process prior to March 15 of the intended year of entry will be given priority. Students will then be admitted in accordance with our Admissions policies.

Is testing necessary for my child to attend ISB?

Our admissions decisions are based on a variety of evaluative procedures including a review of official school transcripts, records, and similar documents. The admissions committee may request that your child complete additional assessments.

What are the school hours?

Our school day starts at 8:15 am each morning. Students must be in class at this time. Classes end at 3:25 pm every day, except Wednesday, when students are dismissed at 2:25 pm.

What are the class sizes?

Our class sizes vary depending on grade level:

  • PreK 3: Maximum 12 students per class
  • PreK 4: Maximum 14 students per class
  • Kindergarten-Grade 1: Maximum 18 students per class
  • Grades 2-5: Maximum 20 students per class
  • Grades 6-12: Maximum 22 students per class

Do you provide school lunches?

Our school food service provider, Sodexo, offers hot lunches every school day. Lunch is optional and is not included in the tuition fee.

What are the demographics of the student body?

ISB boasts approximately 1,700 students representing more than 50 nationalities. On average, 45 percent of our students hold U.S. passports; 13 percent are from China-Hong Kong, China-Taiwan, or China-Macao; 12 percent are from South Korea; 9 percent are from Canada; 3 percent are from Australia; and 3 percent are from Singapore. The remaining 15 percent represent more than 40 countries.

How do you select my child's teacher?

Our counselors work with principals and teachers to create balanced classrooms. In the Elementary School, students are placed into class groups based on their learning personalities, gender, former teacher recommendations, individual strengths, and the diversity of the class. Our counselors and principals make the final decisions regarding classroom assignments in order to create the best learning environment for all our students.

Our Middle School and High School students will have a different teacher assigned for each subject and placement is based on level, schedule and student makeup of classes.

Does ISB have a school uniform?

Our students do not wear school uniforms, but ISB has a dress code that all students are required to observe.

What foreign languages do you teach?

  • Chinese language is offered from PreK 3 to Grade 12
  • French is available for students in Grades 4 to 12
  • Spanish is available to students in Grades 9 to 12

Does ISB provide a bus service?

ISB coordinates a bus service with an external contractor to enable students to travel to and from school. Annual fees for this service vary depending on the distance students commute. The bus service is an optional, annual fee that is refundable per semester.

Click here for more information about tuition fees, capital fees, and bus fees. 

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