International School Amsterdam

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Exterior of the International School of Amsterdam

The International School of Amsterdam (founded in 1964) is a private international school located in the city of Amstelveen, over 11 kilometres (6.8 mi) away from the city centre of Amsterdam.[1] It hosts students from over 65 countries from pre-kindergarten to 12th grade (ages 3–18). The official language and language of instruction of the school is English. Dutch, French, German, Japanese, Mandarin, and Spanish are offered as additional languages. Around 50 other languages are spoken within the school community. The academic program is based on the International Baccalaureate Programme. Recently (2011-2012 School Year), there were around 1.000 enrolled in the school, from over 45 different nations. There are currently (Year 2014-2015) over 1200 students enrolled


Founded in 1964, ISA was the first authorized IB World School[citation needed], offering International Baccalaureate programmes from pre-school through grade 12.

Student body[edit]

As of 2014 about 1,200 students attend the school. Continental Europe is the place of origin of 37% students, 18% of the students are North American, 14% originate from the United Kingdom, 8% originate from Japan, and the remainder originate from other places. The student body originates from over 65 countries.[1]

In 1997 about 40% of the student body was Japanese.[2]


The School is housed in a purpose-built building. Facilities include a four-floor library/media center, a 400-seat theatre, science laboratories and specialist rooms for music, art, and drama. More than 400 computers are joined in a school-wide network that has direct access to the Internet. Two gymnasiums, discovery oriented playgrounds and adjacent playing fields are large, well equipped and secure.

Rail Links[edit]

ISA is served by Sportlaan tram stop on Line 51 of the Amsterdam Metro.


The International School of Amsterdam has built a new addition on campus, due to the fact that more and more faculty and students are arriving in ISA. Construction began in early June 2013 and finished late August 2014.

In 2017 they began to build a new gym for the students including a workout room, a rock wall, and a new cafeteria. Construction concluded in early 2018.


  1. ^ a b "F.A.Q.'s" (Archive). International School Amsterdam. Retrieved on August 13, 2014.
  2. ^ Farber, Jules B. ... But give me Amsterdam (4th Edition). Kosmos-Z & K Uitgevers, 1997. ISBN 9021593769, 9789021593760. p. 96 "At the International School of Amsterdam, four out of ten pupils are Japanese."

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Coordinates: 52°17′23″N 4°51′41″E / 52.2897°N 4.8613°E / 52.2897; 4.8613