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2021-2022 review: stand-out moments and achievements (part 2)

More highlights from an unusual year in which the ISB community has shown it is already living the school’s new Strategic Plan.

35 years serving an international community

ISB will give a fond farewell to one of its most long-standing members of staff next week. Here’s how people make a community and communities make people.

2021-2022 review: stand-out moments and achievements (part 1)

Highlights from another unusual year in which the ISB community has shown it is already living the school’s new Strategic Plan.

Congratulations to the Class of 2022, ISB’s newest alumni!

These students have exciting futures ahead of them after Saturday’s graduation, with many poised to take up offers for their dream courses from universities worldwide.

Meet the alumni who returned to ISB as faculty

Can you guess which of these ISB classmates liked the school’s ethos so much that they’ve come back to campus to lead challenging and joyful learning like they enjoyed?

Busy period for ISB’s Chinese program

Fireworks and roaring dragons aplenty as students enjoy Chinese Panda Reading Week and excel in writing competitions.

ISB students enjoy Alumni Pathways mentorship events

It’s been a successful first year for the new alumni mentor network guiding students in their options for further education and careers.

ISB’s annual High School Awards winners

These are model ISB students for their achievements in the classroom, in service, and as global citizens.

Earth Week at ISB plus new report on school’s sustainability goals

The second Sustainability Impact Report is published at the start of five days of activity further consolidating ISB as an environmental leader.

Drum roll please, the ISB Alumni Achievement Award goes to…

Presentation of the award will cap a year in which ISB’s Alumni Association has gone from strength to strength.

What will my child’s school day look like at ISB?

Selecting a school for your child is a pivotal decision.. The school you select should give your...

Get ready for the second ISB Fringe Arts Festival!

Campus will once again be turned into a giant stage this week in a new ISB tradition giving the school’s many actors, dancers, and musicians the chance to perform.

‘ISB a high-performing school,’ say accreditors

And ISB is calling on its families and other community members to join a consultation to help it get even better.

Teachers Teaching Teachers

ISB is committed to providing training for staff so they can serve students even better. Regular "TTT" sessions allow colleagues to share their expertise with others.

Action Research!

With a new menu of High School courses just launched for next academic year, here’s a look at one of ISB’s most popular options. Action Research is an interdisciplinary course that lets students have a real impact improving local lives.

ISB 10: Tips for Wellness Weekend

Grades 9 to 12 at ISB are about to enjoy a break from regular academic work for their social-emotional health. How to spend the two days?

Break out!

The new Dragons Alternative Recess supports social-emotional learning by giving students a variety of ways to enjoy time between classes.

ISB students successful in int’l film festival

Short movies produced in just 48 hours for the Clash of the Titans challenge.

ISB's Robust High School Counseling Department

Having access to a high school counseling department is crucial for students throughout their high...

How ISB has responded to the online learning challenge

Thanks to much hard work and contingency planning, ISB continues to support families and provide challenging and joyful learning despite restricted campus access.

Behind the scenes at The Hope and Heartache Diner

ISB’s latest student-produced play was a rewarding, emotional experience for audience and cast members alike.

This ISB news story will self-destruct after reading

Elementary students have enjoyed their annual Mission: Impossible PE exercise.

ISB artists win prizes in Winter Olympics art competition

As athletes prepare to race for glory in the Beijing Winter Olympics, ISB students have made the podium in an official art competition for the Games.

Introducing the ISB Alumni Achievement Award

Scheme will give recognition to past students who are thinkers and leaders in their field. There are plenty of candidates to choose from!

Why ISB chose to curate their own curriculum and how it benefits your child

Many schools around the world often use a set curriculum that has been tried and tested by others....

ISB’s curriculum is not only just American, here’s what it is.

In a traditional American classroom, learning is restricted to the American curriculum.   Now this...

Basketball icon Stephon Marbury visits ISB

The legendary player, coach, and philanthropist told students that ISB’s healthy model of education was a slam dunk.

Who’s the better teacher, Sage on the Stage or Guide on the Side?

The answer is one of the main reasons why classes today look very different to those experienced by the parents of current students.

Performing arts pieces mean showtime for social-emotional learning

How ISB’s latest plays and concerts are designed to teach students to be healthy in body and mind.

Living green walls brighten up winter at ISB

These indoor towers of plants aid student learning and are consistent with ISB’s commitment to sustainability.

Life Centered Education makes ISB a leader in inclusivity

Program for students with more intensive learning needs is the only one of its kind in Beijing. It’s empowered the ISB community since launch last year.

New accreditation to prove ISB's quality

ISB has just begun the journey to being reaccredited by independent experts. It’s a process that will take in the views of the entire school community.

10 reasons to join Student Council

It’s been a busy period for student councils at the International School of Beijing (ISB). Student Council (STUCO) exists to promote a positive school experience. It’s for students by students.

ISB hosts Early Childhood Education Conference

The International School of Beijing (ISB) hosted a conference on Saturday for teachers from around the region to discuss best practice in early childhood education.

Ball games, dancing? ISB parent meetings not from the playbook

Ball games and dancing may not spring to mind when thinking of the average parent-teacher meeting, but that’s what families got at the International School of Beijing (ISB) recently.

Welcome ISB's new Head of School

A very warm welcome to the International School of Beijing’s (ISB) new Head of School, Daniel Rubenstein. This morning, Mr. Rubenstein met with ISB parents and discussed developments on campus at the latest Head of School Coffee.

How High School counseling helps students find their place in the world

High school is a time when students make lasting memories, create lifelong friendships, explore plenty of co-curricular activities, and challenge themselves academically.

ISB facilities win more top design awards

Everyone at the International School of Beijing (ISB) knows how impressive the school’s new facilities are, and now judges of two more prestigious international design competitions have added their seal of approval.

ISB artists get their skates on for Winter Olympics exhibition

Following the conclusion of the Summer Olympics in Tokyo, everyone is looking forward to the Winter Olympics in Beijing in 2022. Student artists at the International School of Beijing (ISB) have made their own contribution to the buildup by joining a competition that could see their work included in an official touring exhibition.

ISB parents welcomed to campus for annual Back to School Nights

International School of Beijing (ISB) parents are getting a great chance to discover more about what their children are learning and ISB’s careful education philosophy at Back to School Nights (BTSNs) hosted on campus.

How student clubs make breakthroughs and grow passions

With 2021-2022 underway, students at the International School of Beijing (ISB) are getting engaged in a range of co-curricular activities and running their own after-school clubs as they pursue their passions.

How ISB’s curriculum helped this alumni become an award-winning designer

A true jack of all trades, Austin Li, an ISB alumni, found his footing in his 10-plus years at the...

First week of 2021 - 2022 in pictures

A new academic year is underway at the International School of Beijing (ISB)! Last Wednesday saw the doors thrown after Summer Break. As student buses rolled onto the parking lot and new and returning students set foot once again on ISB’s beautiful campus, there was plenty of excited chatter and renewing of friendships.

How to choose a college that’s right for you

Sometimes the best way to learn is to turn to people who have been in your shoes. That is exactly why ISB regularly invites alumni of the school to come back and speak to the current student body, giving them college tips to make the admissions process a little easier.

ISB's college counseling programs and services

For many parents, one of the most exciting times they can share with their child is receiving an...

3 ways to nurture global citizenship in children

A culturally diverse workforce is a reality of our current market, but how best can parents help prepare their children for life in a multicultural environment?

Why choose ISB: characteristics of the best international school

what makes an international school a great choice: A defined curriculum that prepares students for life after ISB.Graduates that matriculate to world-class colleges and universities.A rich and diverse co-curricular program to support students' passions.Facilities that are intentionally design to fulfill the needs of all who join our community.An extensive student support network with school counselors and a dedicated college and careers counseling team.A diverse community ready to welcome new families to Beijing.

ISB academics: challenging and joyful learning

Academics are at the core of who we are at the International School of Beijing (ISB). Woven into every aspect of our curriculum, we hold ourselves to a high standard and are constantly striving to offer the best education in Beijing. 

Memory Book caps ISB’s 40th anniversary year

This is the stuff memories are made of. International School of Beijing (ISB) community members have a beautiful memento of the school’s 40th anniversary year in the shape of a Memory Book distributed to families, teachers, and staff this week.

STEM stars

Grade 8 students at the International School of Beijing (ISB) benefited from ISB’s alumni network and the expertise and generosity in its parent community at the launch of a guest speaker series on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) this morning.

How diversity in your child's education helps prepare them for the future

In order for your child to be well prepared for a modern work environment, it is essential that they experience the benefits of diversity throughout their life. Here are three ways your child will experience the benefits of diversity in the classroom well into their future. 

The transformative learning projects made possible by ISB’s new student grants

Two High School clubs working on a sophisticated radio-controlled airplane and providing free education for underprivileged local children are among the first student groups to earn grants from a special fund set up for the International School of Beijing’s (ISB) 40th anniversary.

Scout me in!

The International School of Beijing (ISB) has always been a community of learning that extends beyond the classroom, strengthened by partnerships with many external groups. One of these is the Cub Scouts.

How ISB defines diversity

Diversity in schools has become a hot topic in the world of education over the last few years, and...

New student newspaper in Elementary School

By Nick Yates, ISB Communications Dragon Times is a new newspaper produced by Grade 4 and 5 members...

Monday Memory: The ISB School Song

By Sam Wong, ISB Alumni Relations, and Nick Yates, ISB Communications From many countries we all...

Talent × ISB = finalist in prestigious math competition

By Nick Yates, ISB Communications Take talented young people, multiply them by the math teaching...

Five Elementary School works that Celebrate and Share the Arts

By Nick Yates, ISB Communications The Elementary School was awash with color on Friday for the...

Congratulations to Class of 2021 on college acceptances!

By Nick Yates, ISB Communications Congratulations to our students who will graduate on Saturday,...

ISB conference strengthens Chinese teaching worldwide

  By Nick Yates, ISB Communications The International School of Beijing (ISB) runs one of the...

New on the menu – plant-based foods

By Matthew Yamatin, ISB Sustainability Manager The International School of Beijing (ISB) has been...

How a social-emotional counseling program benefits students

In order for your child to develop into a well-rounded student, it’s important to consider the value of school counseling and of the level of access to a social-emotional counsellor made available to students on campus. 

Monday Memory: Student Council

By Sam Wong, ISB Alumni Relations, and Nick Yates, ISB Communications In 1986, International School...

ISB swimmers back in pool with exciting race meet on horizon

By Nick Yates, ISB Communications Splash! That was the sound of the roughly 1,200 students involved...

Monday Memory: ‘A beautiful new courtyard’

By Sam Wong, ISB Alumni Relations, and Nick Yates, ISB Communications Members of the International...

UK trade commissioner presents ISB economics lesson

By Nick Yates, ISB Communications Grade 10 social studies students studying international economics...

ISB’s PTA has never been more important

By Nick Yates, ISB Communications Parents, students, teachers, and staff at the International...

Top High School courses

By Nick Yates, ISB Communications The menu of High School courses that the International School of...

5 ways to get involved with the PTA at ISB

As a new member of the ISB community, you may be wondering the best way to get involved with your child’s school community and to meet new families like your own.

Monday Memory: 'A great academic advisor'

By Nick Yates, ISB Communications The International School of Beijing’s (ISB) counselors have...

Bull market for ISB investment team

By Nick Yates, ISB Communications A team from the International School of Beijing (ISB) is enjoying...

BEIMUN a success against the odds

By the BEIWATCH team. Edited by Nick Yates, ISB Communications At the end of four eventful days,...

Beijing Model United Nations to face off against Covid

By Nick Yates, ISB Communications The International School of Beijing (ISB) has been hosting the...

Exploring ISB’s co-curricular options

After-school activities are a fantastic way for students to develop essential life skills, improve their academic performance, make new friends, and discover new passions, all while having fun in the process.

On chalk, letterman jackets, and education: a chat with ISB’s next Head of School

By Lynnie C, Grade 11 (interview by Lynnie and Grade 11 students Emory S, Allen F) At approximately...

ISB students published by New York Times

By Nick Yates, ISB Communications International School of Beijing (ISB) students have become...

Monday Memory: Asia Pacific Activities Conference

By Sam Wong, ISB Alumni Relations, and Nick Yates, ISB Communications In 1995, the International...

ISB’s alumni network – 'Once a Dragon, always a Dragon'

Having access to ISB’s alumni network is a valuable tool for both graduates and current students.  It’s also a great way for alumni families to stay connected and give back  to the school and enrich the  experience for the next generation of students. 

What progress has ISB made on its sustainability goals?

By Matthew Yamatin, ISB Sustainability Manager Just two years ago, the International School of...

ISB 10: Fantastic field trips

By Nick Yates, ISB Communications The International School of Beijing (ISB) believes in the power...

Monday Memory: Great Wall Shootout

By Sam Wong, ISB Alumni Relations, and Nick Yates, ISB Communications In 2004, International School...

6 steps to becoming part of the ISB community

We encourage all ISB families to be active with the school community because we believe parent participation significantly improves every student’s educational experience as well as that of everyone else in the community.

Monday Memory: Setting up camp with the Class of ’97

By Sam Wong, ISB Alumni Relations, and Nick Yates, ISB Communications Camping under the stars with...

Student grants up for grabs

By Nick Yates, ISB Communications International School of Beijing (ISB) students can apply for...

Monday Memory: Smile Week

By Sam Wong, ISB Alumni Relations, and Nick Yates, ISB Communications For 15 years, the Middle...

How ISB fosters a sense of community in its student body

At ISB, we care about the social and emotional lives of our students because we understand that students that feel valued and feel a part of the larger group experience a number of wonderful benefits.

New York Times comes to ISB

Every writer wants to see their work published and read in well-regarded publications. So it’s big...

Rave reviews for ISB’s amazing Instructional Partners

By Nick Yates, ISB Communications The past few days and weeks at the International School of...

ISB to hold third Teacher Recruitment Fair

By Nick Yates, ISB Communications The International School of Beijing (ISB) will hold its third...

Monday Memory: Model United Nations

By Nick Yates, ISB Communications The International School of Beijing’s (ISB) involvement with...

What is the buddy system and how does it help your child transition into ISB?

A buddy system is a network of middle school students trained to help orient new students and share information that will help them settle into middle school. 

Students produce digital museums on Covid

By Nick Yates, ISB Communications Modern educators agree about the power of teaching on real-world...

Monday Memory: Early days and Big Bird

By Sam Wong, ISB Alumni Relations, and Nick Yates, ISB Communications In the very early days of the...

Little chefs cooking up a storm

    By Nick Yates, ISB Communications The International School of Beijing’s (ISB) youngest students...

Monday Memory: Gym animals

By Nick Yates, ISB Communications Ethan Houston spent a lot of time in the Gym at the International...

Monday Memory: Bad Apples come good

By Nick Yates, ISB Communications Cullen Chen and Wesley Kwok, 2012 graduates from the...

Inside Elementary classrooms with Back to School Night

By Nick Yates, ISB Communications On Wednesday night, it was the turn of International School of...

Benefits of an extensive co-curricular program

Why are co-curricular activities important for students? And why is it important you consider them as an essential component of an international school experience?

Monday Memory: ISB theaters through the years

By Nick Yates, ISB Communications The International School of Beijing’s (ISB) theaters have always...

Monday Memory: Can you help identify these early students?

By Nick Yates, ISB Communications We’re launching a search to try to identify these 14 individuals...

Monday Memory: Mr. Kumi’s first volleyball team

By Sam Wong, ISB Alumni Relations When Ron Wu, Class of ’97, was asked to reflect on his...

Students benefit from alumni expertise

By Sam Wong, ISB Alumni Relations The International School of Beijing (ISB) has one of the...

Top violinist Lu Siqing helps launch ISB’s 40th anniversary

By Nick Yates, ISB Communications On September 1, the first day of the 2020-2021 school year, the...

New ISB facilities are here!

By Nick Yates, ISB Communications At the start of the 2020-2021 academic year, the thought going...

Inside ISB’s new Partnered Instruction model

By Nick Yates, ISB Communications As they return to campus after Summer Break, students at the...

We can’t wait to see you

By Nick Yates, ISB Communications A new school year is about to begin at the International School...

Meet ISB’s Instructional Partners

By Nick Yates, ISB Communications Almost 100 experienced and highly qualified Instructional...

ISB summer learning is a hit

By Nick Yates, ISB Communications  Feedback has shown that the International School of Beijing’s...

Another year of outstanding IB results

By Nick Yates, ISB Communications International School of Beijing (ISB) students are celebrating...

Your summer, your choice!

By Katherine Maloney of ISB’s Online Summer Program Team During the month of July, International...

Covid-19 children’s book – exclusive author reading

By Sam Wong, ISB Alumni Relations, and Nick Yates, ISB Communications Here’s something special for...

In it together

By Nick Yates, ISB Communications We’re all in this together. That’s a motto International School...

2019-2020 review: stand-out moments and achievements

By Nick Yates, ISB Communications Despite the challenging and unusual nature of 2019-2020, it’s...

Alumni return to campus – online

By Sam Wong, ISB Alumni Relations International School of Beijing (ISB) alumni have enjoyed the...

Miles more smiles

By Grace H, Middle School Student Council This year, the Middle School Student Council (MS STUCU)...

Inspiring students with choice: a look at interdisciplinary learning

By Jessica Thompson, Newswire, and Nick Yates, ISB Communications School is a very different place...

How do I get my IB Diploma?

By Jessica Thompson, Newswire The benefits of earning an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma...

When the red carpet is virtual

By Nick Yates, ISB Communications From Miley Cyrus to Art Basel Hong Kong to symphony orchestras,...

Four creative learning environments that work for kids

School is a very different place than what today’s adults experienced. In this series of blogs, we...

Graduation sends Grade 12 out with a bang

By Nick Yates, ISB Communications Congratulations to our Seniors on graduating from the...

Three reasons outdoor learning is beneficial for children

School is a very different place than what today’s adults experienced. In this series of blogs, we...

Why should I choose the IB Programme?

The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme (DP) is internationally recognized and...

What are the most important factors when choosing a college?

The most important factor when choosing a college is whether or not the college has what you need...

No letup in ISB teachers’ development

By Nick Yates, ISB Communications The International School of Beijing (ISB) is committed to...

What are the benefits of an IB World School?

What any parent wants for their children is to provide them with the best tools for success....

Why is a diverse student body so important?

How our international school responds to the diverse learning styles and needs of students “We will...

ISB powered by 100% wind energy

By Matthew Yamatin, ISB Sustainability Manager Wednesday, April 22, 2020 marks the 50th anniversary...

How High School counseling helps students find their place in the world

By Jessica Thompson, Newswire, and Nick Yates, ISB Communications High school is a time when...

The importance of service learning in education

By Jo Binns, ISB's strategic learning coordinator Modern schools are increasingly recognizing the...

Creating togetherness in isolation – virtual Spirit Week

By Middle School counselors Kara Haines and Maureen VanderKlippe School spirit is not easy to...

Co-curricular activities colleges like to see on an application

What co-curricular activities do colleges like to see on an application? Co-curricular activities,...

Personalized learning and why it’s beneficial to students

  By Jon Hill, Middle School Principal The way we learn is as unique as our DNA; we absorb...

Extraordinary eLearning

By Nick Yates, ISB Communications They say necessity is the mother of invention. The proverb,...

ISB’s official 40th anniversary logo

By Sam Wong, ISB Alumni Relations, and Nick Yates, ISB Communications The International School of...

Bringing subjects together, bringing people together

By Nick Yates, ISB Communications How inclusive is the International School of Beijing (ISB)...

Does IB prepare students for college?

When considering the International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme, it’s common to ask yourself, “Will...

ISB students shine in TED talks

By Nick Yates, ISB Communications New videos of presentations at a recent TED event by an...

ISB awarded for sustainability

By Nick Yates, ISB Communications The International School of Beijing’s (ISB) pioneering of...

The Best Playdates for Young Children in Beijing

Fun is more fun together! There’s lots to do with young kids in Beijing, from playgrounds to...

Screen time concern? Mark your calendar

By Nick Yates, ISB Communications The International School of Beijing’s (ISB) Media Mentor Month is...

Supporting parents during coronavirus eLearning

By Nick Yates, ISB Communications The period of campus closure caused by the coronavirus outbreak...

No pain, all gain in eLearning

By ISB PE teacher Caleb Hill and athletic trainer Randen Morisako In our high-speed, high-tech, and...

Over 130 attend ISB alumni reunions

By Sam Wong, ISB Alumni Relations At times like these, when the coronavirus outbreak has led to the...

Keep learning in challenging times

By Julie Lemley, ISB Innovative Programs Leader If you are a parent in Beijing right now, you are...

ISB 10: After-school activities

By Nick Yates, ISB Communications New year is a time to refresh and experience new things. Whether...

Photos – ISB welcomes Year of the Rat

By Nick Yates, ISB Communications The International School of Beijing (ISB) ushered in the Chinese...

How do we know what we know?

By John Miller, ISB High School Social Studies Teacher With college applications over and four...

Perfect post-holiday entertainment

By Nick Yates, ISB Communications Talented Middle School (MS) students at the International School...

How ISB’s younger students make and learn from music

By Jessica Thompson, Newswire “Participation in performing arts programs is related to various...

How arts fuel creativity in Middle School

By Jessica Thompson, Newswire Cognitive advantages from having an art education include higher...

Festive charity at ISB

By Nick Yates, ISB Communications ’Tis the season of goodwill, and there’s certainly been plenty of...

‘When it’s fun, it’s easier to learn’

By Nick Yates, ISB Communications For any journalist, having your work reviewed by a senior editor...

ISB 10: Happy and healthy in winter

By Nick Yates, ISB Communications Visitors to campus recently may have noticed a particular glow in...

Day in the life of an Elementary School class

By Alexis Smith, ISB Elementary School Instructional Coach If you want to be amazed by all that a...

Game changer

By Nick Yates, ISB Communications The International School of Beijing’s (ISB) inclusive sports...

Hold the front page!

By Nick Yates, ISB Communications International School of Beijing (ISB) students studying Chinese...

The architects behind ISB’s new facilities

By Jessica Thompson, Newswire To create a world-class building, one must use world-class...

Lowering the workbenches

By Angela Maez, ISB Elementary School STEAM facilitator Integrated learning is very important at...

Team sports to try at ISB

By Nick Yates, ISB Communications Who will win the ongoing Rugby World Cup? What of the legacy of...

Robot Wars!

By Nick Yates, ISB Communications Anyone who’s seen Britain’s Robot Wars, America’s BattleBots, or...

ISB dims lights to illuminate climate change

By Matthew Yamatin, ISB Sustainability Manager Millions of students worldwide gathered during the...

Refreshed Mission and Vision statements inspire ISB student awards

By Nick Yates, ISB Communications Over 50 students in Grades 6 to 8 at the International School of...

10 tips to stay fit for sports

By Nick Yates, ISB Communications Sporting life at the International School of Beijing (ISB) is in...

Back to School Night takeaways

By Nick Yates, ISB Communications International School of Beijing (ISB) parents have just had a...

New power behind differentiated learning

By Ruth Poulsen, ISB Assistant Director of Learning Last week, I gathered my in-house focus group...

Speed dating’ and ‘rock stars’ at ISB Teacher Recruitment Fair

By Nick Yates, ISB Communications One hundred and forty applicants attended the International...

Back to the classroom

By Jessica Thompson, Newswire and Nick Yates, ISB Communications At the International School of...

ISB students’ IB exam results soar above global average

By Nick Yates, ISB Communications  International School of Beijing (ISB) students are celebrating...

Vocation even on vacation

By Nick Yates, ISB Communications The Summer Break is a cherished time for members of an...

Four types of learning and the benefits they have on your child

As research has shown time and time again, not every child learns the same way. For this reason,...

Three benefits of a student-centered learning environment

The most important consideration for a school is to make sure students graduate with the skills...

Three effects school facilities have on academic achievement

A great school facility is more than just an immaculate environment. A great school is purposefully...

Five characteristics of a highly effective learning environment

Choosing a school can be a challenge as it may be difficult to guarantee you’ve selected one that...

Chinese 101

Moving countries comes naturally to the seasoned international school teacher, but many will tell...

10 Places to Grocery Shop in Beijing

Your Guide to Grocery Stores in Beijing Language barriers, unfamiliar brands and products, and...

Important Chinese phrases when shopping

When it comes to Beijing, there’s no shortage of shopping opportunities. From markets and malls to...

Community Guide: Moving to China

What is Life Like in China? An American Mom Answers With China playing an increasingly important...