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Welcome to the ISB High School

Dear New High School Parents and Students,

Welcome to the ISB high school! We are excited that you have joined the ISB community. We anticipate your arrival at our school and we look forward to getting to know you.

You may have transitioned to a new school before, or this may be the first time that you've moved away from home. Either way, there are exciting times ahead, with friends to make and opportunities to take, both within and outside of school. There will likely be some challenges to overcome as you figure out how and when things happen in a large, busy school (and city!). Everyone who works in the high school shares a commitment to the happiness and success of every student and you will soon figure out who can best help you whenever you need it.

"Success" for students at ISB comes in many forms and one of the great things about our school is the sheer number of opportunities available to students, both within the academic program, and also outside of classes in visual and performing arts, competitive and recreational sports, and service to our community. We are confident that we can help every student identify and pursue their passions and achieve success.  So, our challenge to all students is to do exactly that!

Please stay tuned for information about our new student orientations; it is critical that you participate in these events to ensure that you are able to take your math and world language tests, sign up for classes, and learn how things work at ISB!

A Peer Helper (a fellow high school student who helps new students transition to ISB) will be assigned to each new high school student before the start of school so that new students have a connection at ISB even before they start! Peer Helpers are available to answer any questions you may have! You will be contacted directly by a Peer Helper, but if you do not hear from someone, please email Kyle Ottaviano (HS counselor and Peer Helper advisor) at kottaviano@isb.cn.

The majority of ISB communication happens via our online parent portal "Dragons' Gate".  You will receive your login details via email, so please look for that important email. Once you have access to Dragons’ Gate, I encourage you to explore the site, particularly focussing on the HS Handbook which you can find here. There is an abundance of useful and important information to be found. This site will include important information about course selection, including downloadable forms, which will help you prepare for your counseling meeting.

Again, welcome to the ISB high school.  We hope this school year is an engaging opportunity to develop your unique potential.


Julie Lemley
High School Principal

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