historic image of past students of the International School of BeijingOur History

Our History

The International School of Beijing was the first international school in Beijing and today is recognized as a leading learning community. In its earliest stages, our school 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 US Embassy joined with the British, Australian, Canadian and New Zealand embassies and formally founded ISB.

In January 2002, ISB was permitted to accept expatriate students outside of the diplomatic community. Since then, the school has flourished and quickly became a respected international school with programs and accreditation worthy of the breadth and depth of the school's vision.

In 1991, ISB became the first school in Beijing to offer the full Diploma Programme of the International Baccalaureate. In 2007, ISB won full marks from three important accrediting agencies: the Chinese National Council on Curriculum and Textbooks (NCCT); the Council on American and International Schools Abroad (CAISA) of the US-based New England Association of Schools and Colleges; and the Council of International School (CIS), an international, globally focused accrediting agency specializing in international education worldwide.

Today, our school is made up of approximately 1,600 students from PreK 3 to Grade 12, with more than 50 different nationalities represented in our diverse student body. The school continues to lead in its innovative approaches to learning and educator development.

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