Celebrating 40

The First Decade 

Celebrating 40

The Second Decade

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The Fourth Decade 

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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.

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Celebrating 40 News

40th Anniversary Activities and Events

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40th Anniversary Photo Exhibition

June 21, 2021 - June 25, 2021

40th Anniversary Opening/Kick-Off Ceremony

September 1, 2020

Event concluded, official recap story in the Celebrating 40 News section 

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

October 30, 2020

Event concluded, official recap story in the Celebrating 40 News section 

Middle School/High School Design Center Opening Ceremony

December 17, 2020 

Event concluded, official recap story in the Celebrating 40 News section 

Elementary School Early Years Learning Community Opening Ceremony

June 11, 2021

School-wide Picnic Lunch

June 24, 2021

ISB Birthday Gift Fund

Fundraising closed on May 31, 2021

Birthday Gift FundThis year marks the 40th anniversary of the International School of Beijing and the international education that has transformed our community and the world. It is a truly humbling and extraordinary experience in education. With a sense of joy and pride, we are providing members of the community an opportunity to join the celebration by making a gift to the “ISB Birthday Gift Fund”.

What is the ISB Birthday Gift Fund?

The ISB Birthday Gift Fund was created to be a part of the 40th Anniversary celebrations. The ISB Birthday Gift Fund supports projects and initiatives proposed by students, aligned with the School’s Mission, Vision and Values. The initiator of the projects will be students who will go through an application process in order to be granted the requested funds. 

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Bank & Cash Contributions

For more information on the Birthday Gift Fund please click here. For more information on the BGF funding application process and form please click here. 

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