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 6th. On 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 email@example.com
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.
ISB High School Principal