ISA Mission, Vision and Beliefs
The International School of Amsterdam, founded in 1964, continues to be a leader in education for international understanding – inspiring our diverse community of students to learn and live with purpose.
ISA was the first school in the world to offer all three core IB programmes, and it continues to do so today.
Our challenging academic curriculum embraces global perspectives and respects the identity, experiences and aspirations of individual students.
Our strengths lie within our diverse community, world-class faculty and facilities, innovative teaching practices, and confident, engaged students.
To educate for international understanding.
To create a community of lifelong learners who value inquiry, critical and creative thinking, take informed risks, and act with integrity and compassion.
At ISA, we believe in developing minds, character and communities.
Critical and Creative Thinking
Students and teachers alike are encouraged to question, make connections, and reflect.
ISA students develop the investigation and problem-solving skills they need – both at school and in their lives.
Inspiring and developing young minds is what teaching at ISA is about.
Curiosity and Open-Mindedness
We believe in the power of curiosity and encourage our students to ask questions – because good questioning leads to great learning.
Our students actively explore their surroundings, both within the classroom and beyond. They embrace the diverse experiences that come with being part of our international community and integrate them into their learning and their lives – to bring value to themselves and others.
ISA attracts and retains talented staff from around the world. We provide them with innovative, hands-on training opportunities as well as state-of-the-art facilities and technology. Our Professional Development Centre provides ISA staff and other global educators with a forum to share ideas and network with leading experts and partners. For example, ISA and Harvard’s Project Zero work together closely to share strategies and apply the principles of “visible thinking”.
ISA’s commitment to staff contributes directly to ISA’s happier and higher performing students.
Choices & Risks
ISA’s interdisciplinary curriculum invites students to take on new challenges with confidence, creativity, and a greater belief in their own potential.
Our students are taught to push their own boundaries in everything they do – be it in the classroom, on a sports field, or on a stage – and to discover how rewarding that journey can be.
We encourage our students, families, and staff to support a variety of local and global service projects and eco-initiatives.
ISA’s commitment to reaching out to others is deeply embedded in our culture: from supporting international disaster relief efforts to providing care to others less fortunate.
Our ‘green’ activities provide everyone at ISA with an opportunity to contribute to society and to our shared resources – from the Dutch polders to the Brazilian rain forests.
The International School of Amsterdam is a globally-recognised leader in education for international understanding. Founded in 1964, ISA was the first authorised IB World School, offering International Baccalaureate programmes from pre-school through grade 12.