About Us

ISB is an extraordinary school, with a history of excellence spanning 40 years. Our Mission, Vision, and Core Values are fulfilled by passionate, highly qualified educators who all want the best for every student, Early Years through grade 12. 

Our Mission

We are an inspiring international community in Beijing, where thinkers and leaders find their place in the world and serve others. So that our learning is at its best, we build strong relationships and set high expectations together. We are committed to challenging and joyful learning with the freedom to explore.

Our Vision

Empowered with purpose and compassion.

ISB is dedicated to implementing and sustaining programs proven to be most effective for student learning and well-being. We respond to the changing needs of students in higher education and the world which awaits them. A defining characteristic is our commitment to great teaching influenced by the latest research, and the flexibility to choose learning standards from different educational systems around the world.

Of utmost importance is the school's strong sense of community and vibrant, culturally diverse campus, where learning is engaging for our roughly 1,700 students representing around 40 countries. Research-based programs, high-quality teaching, and outstanding and ever-improving facilities mean students at ISB are being prepared for success in a world that keeps changing at a breathtaking pace.

Communication and collaboration are skills instilled in our students throughout their education, with a significant proportion of their learning taking place outside the classroom, through engagement with the wider community. Students are engaged in a variety of learning opportunities, enabling them to discover innate abilities, learn teamwork, exercise initiative and, ultimately, find a productive place within the ISB community and wider world.

ISB enjoys a proven track record of excellent learning outcomes, with students attending colleges around the world which are most appropriate for them. Our commitment to realizing students' potential is built around nurturing the intellectual, physical, social and emotional development of each child. ISB programs equip students to be productive, healthy, and fulfilled young adults, whatever future they choose.

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 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.

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

Today, our school is made up of approximately 1,715 students from Early Years (EY) 3 to Grade 12, with around 50 different nationalities represented in our diverse student body. The school continues to lead in its innovative approaches to learning and educator development.

We are proud of the community we have become over the past 40 years, built on the firm foundations put in place by those administrators, faculty, staff, students, and parents who have been part of our school over the last four decades. Our commitment is to continue this legacy to ensure we provide excellent learning and opportunities for our students in the years to come.

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ISB History Timeline

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Our Governance

ISB is a non-profit school governed by a 12-member Board of Trustees. These 12 volunteers are responsible for setting and approving school policy, overseeing ISB's financial status, recruiting, supporting, and evaluating the Head of School and guiding strategic direction of the school.

Our parent and student community vote to elect members of the Board. The Board hosts monthly meetings and invites members of the ISB community to attend open sessions.

Each year, the Board sets goals to fulfill its responsibilities and establishes standing committees to manage its work. One Board member serves as chair of each committee and is assisted by a representative of the school's leadership team, parents, and faculty representatives. More information about how our parents can get involved is available on our internal parent portal, Dragons' Gate.

Board Members 2022-2023

  • Board Chair: Su Jin
  • Trustees:   Jun Wang, Mathias Boyer, Francis Ng, Daniel Yang, Jennifer Huang, Ming Wu, Rachel Wang, Travis Wu, Amanda Zhou, Changho Sohn and Heather Woodruff.