International School of Amsterdam
|Year of Foundation||1964|
|Enrollment Phase / Grades||Pre-school – Grade 12|
|Number of students||1252|
|Teacher Student Ratio||1 : 6|
|Accreditations||NEASC, CIS, IB, EcoSchools, GOA, PAMOJA, PTC|
|Headmaster||Dr. Bernadette Carmody, ISA Director|
|Yearly Tuition Fee (Min)||18,775 EUR|
|Yearly Tuition Fee (Max)||26,950 EUR|
The International School of Amsterdam is a globally-recognised leader in education for international understanding. Founded in 1964, ISA was the first school in the world to offer all core IB programmes. Located in the green city of Amstelveen, ISA offers state-of-the-art facilities to students between the ages of 2 to 18, representing over 60 nationalities.
Through innovation, and with an open-minded approach, we inspire our students to be resilient, respectful global citizens and encourage them to find their individual paths to personal success. Our strengths lie within our diverse community, world-class faculty and facilities, and innovative teaching practices of a challenging academic curriculum.
ISA believes in developing minds, character and communities.
Languages of instructionEnglish
Foreign languagesDutch, Spanish, French, German, Mandarin, Japanese
For new students, I would definitely recommend participating in extracurricular activities. It is an opportunity to make new friends, try something new, and build confidence and independence. Especially in terms of the sports teams, the tournaments are extremely fun and exciting, to work towards a goal and travel to another school with others. The seasons are relatively short which also gives a chance to try multiple sports or activities. It is overall an amazing experience.
The Diploma Programme at ISA was an invaluable experience which taught me how to manage my time and to succeed in activities beyond my comfort zone. I’m really grateful for the ISA DP teachers who made the learning fun and interactive, and who gave me the opportunity to develop as a learner and as an individual. Thank you, ISA!
In class we learn to find our own voice. This means that our teachers encourage us to share our thoughts and viewpoints on different matters. This allowed me to hear other students’ opinions and helped me form my own ideas on the subject. My advice [to new students] would be to not be afraid to ask for help. The MYP system can be a bit confusing regarding the different criteria for grading in each test or even the different types of tests. It is especially difficult in the beginning, but it does get much easier quite fast, and you shouldn’t be ashamed or afraid to ask your peers or teachers about the MYP system.
What I love about ISA is that everyone is always loving and caring and willing to help you when you need it. I also love that the learning strategies the teachers teach make it easier for everyone to understand and are very efficient and helpful.
ISA focuses on allowing its students to grow and find themselves through collaboration and initiative with the various community service and extracurricular activity opportunities. The strong bonds the teachers provide make this school a safe and caring environment where we can explore all possibilities on the path of becoming unique international individuals.