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.
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.
Inquiry and Reflection
At ISA, we challenge and support our students on their individual journeys to self-discovery.
We share experiences and ideas from diverse perspectives, giving context to content in all that we learn.
We are inquiry driven – teaching students to ask “why” and not just “how”.
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.
Respect and Collaboration
Respect is fundamental to any human interaction or relationship, and it is the foundation on which ISA stands. Every day, our students develop a finer appreciation for individuals, cultures and societies around the globe.
Integrity and Compassion
Our students lead and get passionately involved in life-changing community service projects that develop character, positive habits of mind, and the drive to make principled choices.
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.
At ISA, students learn to make informed choices, manage challenges and set priorities –valuable life skills.
Uniting in Diversity
For over half a century, ISA has brought together students, families and teachers from around the world. We bridge cultures through friendship, support and curiosity. And we embrace our community’s rich mix of perspectives as we work together toward common goals.
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.
We forge deep, lasting relationships amongst students as well as with our alumni, local community and partners. Each of these connections is a link in our enduring legacy of education for international understanding.
We believe that empathy inspires action – it allows our students to gain an appreciation for, and understanding of, the perspectives of others.
When showing empathy, our students reflect on their own views of the world to better connect with others – and take action for, and with them.