Celebrating 40

The First Decade 

Celebrating 40

The Second Decade

Celebrating 40

The Third Decade

Celebrating 40

The Fourth Decade

Empowered with Purpose and Compassion

The International School of Beijing is proud to be celebrating 40 years of commitment to challenging and joyful learning and education services dedicated to this city’s inspiring international community. ISB was the first international school in Beijing and today is recognized as a leading learning community. In its earliest stages, ISB 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 U.S. Embassy joined with the British, Australian, Canadian, and New Zealand embassies and formally founded ISB. Throughout the 2020-2021 school year, a series of events will be organized to celebrate and reflect on our four decades of world-class education, highlighting the achievements of our students, staff, and alumni.

ISB History Time Line

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40th Anniversary Activities and Events

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40th Anniversary Photo & Story Collection

Submissions due on or before February 26, 2021. Please upload your submissions here or email them to celebrating40@isb.bj.edu.cn


Themes: Inspire, International Community, China, Challenging and Joyful Learning, Service-learning

Selected photos and stories will be displayed during the 40th Anniversary photo and story exhibition and compiled into the 40th Anniversary memory book.

40th Anniversary Logo Design Competition

Event concluded, information on official logo and category winners in news section below

40th Anniversary Opening/Kick-Off Ceremony

September 1, 2020

Event concluded, official recap story in news section below 

Student Celebration of the 40th Day of School in honor of the School's 40th Year


40 Acts of Kindness: Spirit week

November 2020

Anniversary Photo Exhibition

March 2021

40th Anniversary Gala

April 17, 2021

Celebrating 40 News