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
ISB History Time Line

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40th Anniversary Activities and Events

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40th Anniversary Opening/Kick-Off Ceremony

First day of the 2020-2021 School year

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


40th Anniversary Gala

April 10, 2021


40th Anniversary Photo & Story Collection

Join us in celebrating this great occasion by sharing your ISB story with us. Have photos as well? Even better. To help spread the ISB love and word of our celebration plans, please pass on this invitation to your ISB friends and family on social media. Selected photos will be displayed during the 40th Anniversary photo exhibition and compiled into a 40th Anniversary memory book. 

To submit your story, best wishes, and photos please click here

40th Anniversary Logo Design Competition 

It is our pleasure to invite you to join the 40th Anniversary Logo Design Competition. Designs must be on the theme of the anniversary or ISB’s refreshed Vision statement, “Empowered with Purpose and Compassion.” 

Entries will be judged in three categories:

ISB students (Please tell us grade as of August 2020)

ISB parents and staff

ISB alumni including former staff and parents (Please tell us graduation class or years at ISB)

The winner of each category will get a prize and their design will be featured in ISB social media. The overall winner will be chosen from the three category winners.

Submit designs digitally here or email Celebrating40@isb.bj.edu.cn. For hard-copy format designs please submit them to the Advancement Office (Room 2221) by the deadline of February 29, 2020.