International School of Beijing

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International School of Beijing in Shunyi (ISB).
No. 10, Anhua Street,
Shunyi District, Beijing 101318

People's Republic of China
Type Private, Day School
Established 1981
Head of School Tarek Razik
Faculty 193 full-time, 9 part-time
Grades Pre-K–12
Enrollment 1,887
Campus Shunyi, 32 acres
Color(s) Blue and White         
Mascot Dragon

International School of Beijing (ISB, simplified Chinese: 北京顺义国际学校; traditional Chinese: 北京順義國際學校; pinyin: Běijīng Shùnyì Guójì Xuéxiào[1]) is an English-language day school, offering an international curriculum for expatriate children in China. It is located in Shunyi District, in northeast Beijing. ISB provides education from Pre-K (age 3) through grade 12, in three divisions: Elementary School, Middle School, and High school. Each division has its own principal, assistant principal, and support services team. The school year runs from August to mid-June over two semesters. ISB is recognized by the Beijing Municipal Education Commission as an independent school for expatriate children.

It is situated on a 33-acre (130,000 m2) property, with facilities constructed specifically for the campus.

ISB offers the full Diploma Programme of the International Baccalaureate Organization (IB). They are accredited by WASC and NEASC (in the United States), the Chinese authority NCCT, and the IS (Europe).


Organization: A 12-member Board of Trustees provides oversight and governance. All parents of currently enrolled ISB students are members of the Parents’ Association.


In school year 2011-2012, there are 200 full-time and 4 part-time faculty members.


In the 2011-2012 school year, about 95 percent of the School’s income derived from tuition.


  • 1970s a small foreign school was established in Beijing, under the auspices of the United States Liaison Office in Beijing, precursor to the US Embassy. Classes were held in a hallway in a diplomatic apartment compound in Sanlitun, with 8 students and 2 certified teachers
  • 1980 - US Embassy merged its school with those of the British and Australian embassies. The Canadian and New Zealand embassies joined in, and the five nations together formally founded the International School of Beijing. Located on the grounds of the U.S. Embassy, the school provided education for the children of the 5 founding embassies; eventually, as space allowed, children from other embassies were permitted to enroll. Bound by the strict requirements imposed on diplomatic schools, the founding embassies worked to meet educational needs of the growing expatriate community in Beijing.
  • 1988 under new regulations, China’s Ministry of Foreign affairs officially registered ISB as a “school for diplomatic children.” The campus moved to the Lido complex of offices and housing units, and the school was permitted to accept applications from all expatriate residents of Beijing.
  • 1991 ISB became the first school in Beijing to offer the full Diploma Programme of the International Baccalaureate Organization.
  • 1997 ISB was accredited by WASC (in the United States),
  • 2002 – January - the Beijing Municipal Education Bureau allowed ISB to be restructured as an “independent school for foreign children."
  • 2002 - ISB school moved to a 33-acre, purpose-built facility in the Shunyi, a northeastern suburb of Beijing
  • 2003 ISB accredited by the Chinese authority NCCT
  • 2007 ISB won full accreditation from CIS (Europe), NEASC (United States), and again from NCCT (China).
  • 2013 ISB completed construction of a detached sports facility, complete with two pressurized domes with advanced air filtration. These pressurized domes providing pollution free indoor tennis courts and a playing field area.

Student life[edit]

Among the activities offered at ISB are band, orchestra, jazz band, choir, dance, forensics and drama. The high school also has its own honour choir, named "Impromptune", theatre group "Thespians". There are two theatre productions per year and a One Act Festival. In terms of the Jazz Band, this little section of the performing arts department has grown over the years and has become quite strong at the school, with great talent in each of the different jazz-related instruments. The AMIS Honor Jazz Festival was held at ISB in October 2010 and 8 ISB students were successful enough to be a part of the festivities.

In elementary school, there are activities such as juggling and basketball. In these activities, students learn new skills and after a few months, put on a show. In 5th grade, students write a script and perform a chapter of the Chinese novel "Journey to the West."

The Model United Nations is also another program that is widely participated in (one in four high school students are involved with the program). Students can participate in one of three travelling trips, including THIMUN Singapore and THIMUN in the Hague. The THIMUN organisation is the only Model United Nations program recognized by the United Nations, and the International School of Beijing has been a member of the organisation since its inception. In addition, MUN is a student run program assisted by a teacher advisor, and the ISB MUN team organises and runs the Beijing International Model United Nations (BEIMUN) annually.

The school has many charity groups which are actively involved in the local community. The high school extracurriculars includes a literary magazine, school newspaper, and a student government referred to as "STUCO" (Student Council). Starting from Elementary School, the Student Council program is introduced to the students to give them an awareness of the responsibilities they will have if they chose to be a part of STUCO in high school.


ISB competes in a variety of sports leagues including APAC (Asian Pacific Activities Conference), China Cup, ACAMIS (Association of Chinese & Mongolian International Schools), RTNC at Dulwich (Rugby, Tennis, and Netball Conference), and ISAC (International School's Athletic Conference Beijing/Tianjin).[2] ISB's Varsity, Junior Varsity, and Freshman teams participate throughout the year. ISB's varsity sports include baseball (boys only), swimming, volleyball, rugby, tennis, basketball, badminton, soccer, softball (girls only), table tennis, track & field, and cross country. ISB also often participates in rival competitions with many other international schools in the Shunyi area, including the Western Academy of Beijing (WAB), Dulwich College Beijing (DCB), Beijing City International School (BCIS), British School of Beijing (BSB), etc.


The School is located on a 32-acre (130,000 m2) campus close to popular residential compounds in Shunyi. Highlights of the school facilities include:

  • two libraries with 80,000 volumes
  • twelve science laboratories
  • six elevators (four of which are student accessible)
  • 600-seat professional auditorium/theater
  • six-lane competition swimming pool
  • a sports stadium (including a 400m running track, a full-size soccer/football pitch, and bleachers/stands designed to fit approximately 2000 people)
  • four gymnasiums
  • six playing fields
  • PTA-run supply store
  • two cafeterias
  • detached sports facility with two pressurized domes:
    • general purpose indoor playing field and basketball courts
    • six indoor tennis courts
  • outdoor learning environment playground.

Information Technology[edit]

  • 2,500 voice and data ports
  • 1,100 desktop computers
  • 150 digital projectors
  • 70 networked laser printers
  • campus-wide wireless internet
  • one-to-one laptop program for students above first grade
  • website:

Philanthropic Clubs[edit]

The International School of Beijing is heavily involved with charity work as extra-curricular activities. Students, primarily beginning in high school, have a variety of philanthropic clubs that they can become members, and possibly officers, of.


  • United States
    • New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC)
    • WASC
  • Europe
    • Council of International Schools (CIS),
    • IB World School
  • China
    • National Center for School Curriculum and Textbook Development (NCCT).[3]

ISB is a member of the East Asia Regional Council of Overseas Schools (EARCOS) and the National Association of College Admissions Counselors (NACAC).

School governance[edit]

ISB is governed by a Board of Trustees which consists of a 12-member group of volunteer parents, 9 elected by the ISB Association of Parents and 3 appointed to 3 year terms by current sitting board at time of appointee vacancies. The ISB board of trustees provides strategic oversight and governance. Although the board is strategic in nature, it's operational responsibilities are in hiring and evaluating the Head of School. Additionally, the ISB board is also responsible for final budget approvals, and have ultimate fiduciary responsibility for the schools financial health. The ISB Board of Trustees oversee the operation of ISB according to the Association’s Bylaws.

ISB Association of Parents[edit]

All parents with children attending ISB automatically belong to the Association as long as they have children that are in attendance.

Notable alumni[edit]


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