Welcome to the ISB High School

Welcome to the ISB High School! We are excited that you have joined the ISB community. We anticipate your arrival at our school and we look forward to getting to know you.

You may have transitioned to a new school before, or this may be the first time that you've moved away from home.  Either way, there are exciting times ahead, with friends to make and opportunities to take, both within and outside of school.  There will likely be some challenges to overcome as you figure out how and when things happen in a large, busy school (and city!).  Everyone who works in the high school shares a commitment to the happiness and success of every student and you will soon figure out who can best help you whenever you need it.

"Success" for students at ISB comes in many forms and one of the great things about our school is the sheer number of opportunities available to students, both within the academic program, and also outside of classes in visual and performing arts, competitive and recreational sports, and service to our community.  We are confident that we can help every student identify and pursue their passions and achieve success.  So our challenge to all students is to do exactly that!

To ensure the smoothest possible transition into ISB, we ask new students to be in Beijing and ready to start school on January 6thOn this day, you will sit for placement tests in Math and World Language (Chinese, French, or Spanish) and meet with your counselor to discuss your course selections.

A Peer Helper will be assigned to each new high school student in the next couple of weeks to help with the transition and answer any questions. You will be contacted directly by a Peer Helper and if you do not hear from someone by December 30th please email Claire Greene (HS counselor and Peer Helper advisor) at cgreene@isb.bj.edu.cn

The majority of ISB communication happens via our online portal - "Dragons' Gate".  You will receive your login details via email in December, so please look for that important email. Once you have access to Dragons' Gate, I encourage you to explore the site. There is an abundance of useful information to be found and you might want to start on the High School Handbook pages. This site will include important information about course selection, including downloadable forms, which will help you prepare for your counseling meeting.

Again, welcome to the ISB high school.  We hope this school year is an engaging opportunity to develop your unique potential.


David Munro
ISB High School Principal

Complete Your Family's Registration Process 2019-2020

The Registration process should only take a few minutes and, once completed, your child(ren) will be eligible to attend school.

The deadline to complete the Registration process is Monday, January 6, 2020.

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Placement Testing

To ensure the smoothest possible transition into ISB, we ask new students to be in Beijing and ready to start school on January 6thOn this day, you will sit for placement tests in Math and World Language (Chinese, French, or Spanish) and meet with your counselor to discuss your course selections.

High School Orientation

Monday, January 6, 2020

This event is for both students and parents to learn about how our school works. Get a tour of the school, see where your classes are, and receive your MacBook! This is also an extremely helpful day to help ease your transition.

Final Transcript (grades 10-12)

Bring an official copy of your Final Transcript in a sealed envelope to your counselor meeting. Alternatively, have your current school mail the transcripts directly to ISB.

Address: International School of Beijing, High School Counseling Office, No. 10, An Hua Street, Shunyi District, Beijing 101318

Supplies List

The majority of courses offered in the High School require the following for each course: (most of the items below are on sale in the PTA store located between the Elementary and High School/Middle School Cafeterias.)

  • 3 ring binder (about 5, one for each academic class)
  • Loose lined paper
  • Binder dividers
  • Blue/black pens
  • Pencils and eraser
  • Memory Stick/thumb drive/USB
  • Glue-stick
  • Highlighters
  • Colored pens/pencils
  • Scissors
  • Ruler

Course Specific Supplies

Math Courses
  • TI-84 or TI-84 Plus graphing calculator
  • Geometry – Compass, Protractor, ruler
Social Studies Courses
  • A4 Spiral Notebook (Interactive Notebook)
English Courses
  • Writing Journal – bound or double spiral journal in either A4 or A5 size.
Science Courses
  • Calculator
World Language Courses
  • A good English/French-French/English and/or English/Spanish-Spanish/English dictionary
Chinese Language Courses
  • A good English-Chinese and Chinese-English dictionary
Physical Education Courses (grade 9/10)
  • "Proper" Athletic footwear
  • Appropriate shorts, track pants or tights
  • Hair-ties for longer hair
  • ISB PE T-shirt (provided by PE department)
  • Swimsuit (grade 9 only)
  • Water bottle
Performing Arts Courses

Uniform – Students in performing groups wear a uniform for concerts. Students will need to purchase from ISB a standard white concert shirt and a waistcoat. They will also need to provide black skirt/trousers and black “dress: shoes/socks/pantyhose. Jeans and sports shoes (even if they are black) will not be permitted.

Dress Code

(Taken from the HS Handbook)

We support ISB students in expressing themselves as individuals. We expect you to dress appropriately for school with respect for diverse cultures and identities and reflect a learning environment of professional etiquette. We expect parents to assist in monitoring their child in this respect. 

The dress code applies during school hours, for after school co-curricular activities and when the student is representing the school. It may be relaxed as appropriate for on or off campus activities where the nature of the activity demands an adaptation of attire. For safety reasons, there may be occasions/classes when the teacher will give instruction on unsuitable clothing items. 

The points below are not meant to be exhaustive but are guidelines for what is inappropriate for school.  

Students may not wear: 

  • Clothing or jewelry with writing or images that: 
    • are disrespectful of nationalities, cultures or genders.
    • promote harmful, or potentially harmful, products or practices (in any language)  
  • Visible underwear, whether on view or under see-through clothing,  
  • Torn or ripped clothing, including jeans.  
  • Clothing that shows bare midriffs  

Certain body parts must be covered for all students at all times: buttocks, genitals and breasts.  

Students who are in violation of the dress code will be addressed by teachers or administration and given the chance to comply with the dress code. Continued dress code violations will be reported to the Assistant Principal for further action, including detention, parent conferences, and even possible suspension.  

Tips for Transition

Dear High School Parents and New ISB Students,

This is a note from the ISB High School Counseling Office welcoming you to ISB!  Whether you are coming "home" or this will be your first time in Beijing, making a transition can sometimes be difficult.  Perhaps you are a person who enjoys change and you are looking forward to a new situation, or returning to the old one.  Maybe you are a person who groans at the thought of 'settling in' and having to make new friends.  Either way, you're bound to feel a little 'out of it' in the beginning...AND THAT IS NORMAL!

Here are some tips just to help you know what to expect and also some suggestions for dealing with those days when you wonder, "What am I doing here anyway?"

You're changing.  No matter how you look at it, we all know that things don't stand still.  You've changed, grown.  Your outlook is different.  If you've lived here before, things have changed also, but not necessarily in the same direction.  If you're coming back thinking that you can 'pick up where you left off' with friends, neighborhood and school, you're probably in for a BIG SHOCK!  Your best friend may not be the person that you identified so closely with several years ago because the experiences that are shaping you both have been different.  If you have enjoyed where you're living, you will bring some of that along with you as part of you.  You're not just Argentine, American or Japanese or Dutch anymore — you look at things a little differently.  You may find yourself six months ahead in fashion and six months behind in music.  Give yourself time to adjust.  It will come.

Say goodbye to those you are close to and exchange addresses and phone numbers.  People who have not had your experience won't understand it and may not want to hear about it.  But a friend you knew here would be glad to hear from you.  Write or call when you're feeling low.  Saying goodbye also helps you disconnect on that end and may, therefore, make it easier to connect here in your new place.  Saying farewell is important!

Take care of unfinished business before you leave.  Make a list of things you need to do.  Such lists might include returning a toy or piece of clothing, returning a borrowed book, or recording that CD that was promised to a friend.  On another level, a "Things To Do" plan might include resolving a problem with a teacher or classmate, apologizing for hurting someone's feelings, or saying thank you to someone who was helpful in the past.  Tying up these loose ends in your life is sort of like cleaning out a locker or desk before moving on to a new grade.

Take time to reflect about leaving.  What things have you enjoyed and what aspects do you want to take with you?  What has been difficult?  How do you feel about leaving - sad, happy, mixed?  Take time to sort out some of those feelings with someone you trust and who listens well.

Take time to examine your expectations of Beijing. Is it a place you consider "home" or brand new?  Are you expecting things to be the same? Completely different?  Is there a new language?  New culture?  What have you learned in past moves to make this move easier?  What special things could you be sure to bring with you that help you feel "at home?"  Is it a place that has been familiar in the past?  Beware — it may no longer be the same place.

Take time to balance.  Be neither too positive ("this will be a breeze") nor too negative ("I'll never feel at home here"), because it drains your energy.  Try to be open to a new adventure and experience.  Assume that good things await and that stressful feelings will pass in time.  Make sure you take time to relax and do things that you enjoy - it's important to leave plenty of time for this!

Take time to talk to your family.  They've shared your experiences and this can be a natural time to draw closer together.  Chances are that they will share a lot of your feelings.  Also, you need some support to help you manage - we all do.  Your family is a great place to start.  Realize that your parents have their own feelings about the move.  Listen as well as talk.


  1. Make sure you attend the ISB Orientations! Meeting other new students, getting to know the school and its expectations, being able to visually see where you'll be having lunch and where your classes are will help you make a positive transition.
  2. When you arrive, come by the school before classes begin and get a feel for what it's like. Make sure you attend the HS Orientation and New Student Kick-off. Being able to visually see where you'll have lunch and where your classes are will help ease anxiety.
  3. Decide what extracurricular activities you enjoy and get involved in one or two.  It's a great way to make friends who have the same interests.  While ISB is a very welcoming place, it's not always likely that you will find someone to invite you to get involved — SO TAKE A RISK and go to the first meeting on your own.
  4. Look quietly for a person you would like to know, and then take the initiative with that person.  Use the fact that you don't know things to make contact with people.  Ask all kinds of questions — a natural way to talk to people!
  5. If it gets hard, find a teacher or go talk to your counselor. If you feel out of touch, remember that it takes a little time to adjust.  Don't demand or expect too much from yourself right away — you only add to the stress.  Be confident that your present sense of being 'out of it' is a NORMAL passing phase.  It may pass more quickly that way!  It's a natural feeling in your situation — but it doesn't last.

Best wishes for an easy transition from your friendly ISB Counselors

Claire Greene, Liz Kozodoy, Michael Maki, Kyle Ottaviano, Patrick Stenger

Peer Helpers

A Peer Helper will be assigned to each new high school student in the next couple of weeks to help with the transition and answer any questions. You will be contacted directly by a Peer Helper and if you do not hear from someone by December 30th please email Claire Greene (HS counselor and Peer Helper advisor) at  cgreene@isb.bj.edu.cn

High School Orientation will begin on January 6, 2020 at 8:00 am outside the Theater.

We can't wait to meet you! 

Your friends,
ISB Peer Helpers

Contact Us

High School Office

High School Office
+86(10) 8149-2345 ext. 1091/1093/1094

High School Counseling Office

Stella Qi - Secretary to L. Kozodoy, K. Ottaviano, P. Stenger

+86(10) 8149-2345 ext. 2200

Jennifer Miao - Secretary to C. Greene, M. Maki
+86(10) 8149-2345 ext. 2201

Admissions Office

Admissions Office
+86(10)8149-2345 ext. 1047

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