International School of Aleppo

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International School of Aleppo
Syria Aleppo
Type Private
Founded 1977
Closed 2011 (due to Syrian Civil War)
President Shirley B. Davis (until 2011)
Grades K-12
Enrollment 385
Average class size 20
Language English, Spanish, and French
Color(s) Blue and Green
Mascot Eagle
Rivals Lycee Francais D'Alep
Publication The Link, IISA Yearbook

Founded in 1977,[1] the English language International School of Aleppo (ISA) was the only International Baccalaureate World School in Syria.[2] It offered the IB Primary Years Programme and IB Diploma Programme.[3] The school's other major programs included International General Certificate of Secondary Education for 9th and 10th graders.[4] As of April 2012, the school is no longer open due to the ongoing Syrian Civil War.

The ISA was a co-educational day school sponsored by International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA). ISA offered a high quality, internationally acceptable program, primarily for the children of ICARDA employees. At the time of its closure, there were 385 students enrolled in grades K-12 representing 37 countries.

This school had a high range of facilities and a very strong athletic department. The campus had 14 buses, various administrative buildings various green parks. The school had two soccer fields, a tennis and badminton court, a volleyball court and a basketball court.

The elementary school had a swimming program as well as lots of other extra-curriculars than ran after school. The secondary school also offered various extra-curricular and other opportunities outside of school. For instance, students in Grade 6-12 participated in "Regional Studies Trips" where they traveled around the Middle East, both in Syria (such as Damascus), and out of Syria, to learn about new cultures.

Basic information[edit]


  1. ^ a b ISA web site: Academic Heritage, retrieved 2008-04-19
  2. ^ Statistics: IB programmes by country, retrieved 2008-04-19
  3. ^ International School of Aleppo,, retrieved 2008-04-19
  4. ^ ICARDA International School in Aleppo, retrieved 2008-04-19

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