The International School of Belgrade

The International School of Belgrade

THE INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF BEGRADE

Kategorija - Internacionalne osnovne škole
ISB is a collaborative learning community that inspires, equips and empowers its students to succeed and contribute
positively to society.

Founded in 1948 by the wife of the British Ambassador, Lady Peake, the Foreign Colony School was housed in two
rented rooms at the American Mission. One staff member, assisted by mothers, taught elementary children using
British texts. The wife of the American Ambassador became the first chairperson of the School Board in 1949.

ISB was first accredited in 1981 by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and the
European Council of International Schools (ECIS).

In the spring of 2003, ISB inaugurated the opening of the second campus for grades 6 through 12. To cater for
expanding student population, in the fall of 2005, grades 6-8 were moved to a newly renovated third campus within
walking distance of the other two campuses.

In 2009, the administration and faculty made a landmark presentation to the Board of Trustees in support of approving
the first ISB 3-year Technology Plan. Embedded in the framework of the plan is the implementation of the modular
object-oriented dynamic learning environment (moodle), the adoption of a grades 6-12 one-to-one laptop program, and
a rich and robust virtual learning environment. The first ISB 3-year Technology Plan was followed by a second one
that expanded the use of technology with laptops carts for the Lower School, and starting in the 2016-2017 SY the
school is moving to a Bring Your Own Laptop (BYOL) program for students in the Upper School.

ISB became authorized by the International Baccalaureate Organization to offer the Diploma Program, the Middle
Years Program, and the Primary Years Program during the 2005-2007 years, and in May 2010, ISB was one of 583
International Baccalaureate World Schools to offer all three International Baccalaureate programs. All three IB
programs undergo rigorous assessment on an internal and external basis. The framework provides teachers with an
innovative working environment while encouraging a collaborative approach to unit planning. ISB aligned its
accreditation from the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and from the European Council of
International Schools (now CIS) with its authorization for the three IB programs and engaged in a comprehensive
“Self-Study” followed by a three-team visit from CIS/NEASC/IBO in April 2011.

In February 2011, ISB broke ground for a new Middle School and Gymnasium and in January 2012, ISB opened the
doors to a newly purpose-built facility, which provided the opportunity to combine the Middle School and High School
into a single Upper School division.

During the 2015-2016 school year ISB again engaged in a thorough self-study of all programs and gained continuing
accreditation and authorization from CIS/NEASC/IBO following a successful site visit in April 2016. Findings from the
self-study and recommendations from the accrediting/authorizing agencies will be incorporated in the new 2016-2021
Strategic Plan.

Thousands of children have passed through the portals of knowledge at ISB over the past decades since the school
was founded. ISB will celebrate its 70th year of Excellence in Education in 2018. The future looks bright, not only for
the International School of Belgrade, but also for Serbia.
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THE INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF BEGRADE

Kategorija - Škole na engleskom jeziku
The International School of Belgrade was founded in 1948. ISB is an independent, co-educational international day
school that enrolls students from ages three to eighteen. As an authorized IB World School, ISB provides a high-
quality, college-preparatory education with an emphasis on internationalism and global responsibility. The curriculum
is designed to serve a multi-national student body using English as our language of instruction.

ISB is accredited by the Council of International School (CIS) and by the New England Association of Schools and
Colleges (NEASC), and authorized by the International Baccalaureate Organization and by the Ministry of Education
of the Republic of Serbia.

Mission
ISB is a collaborative learning community that inspires, equips and empowers its students to succeed and contribute
positively to society.

Core Values
Empathy - We understand the impact of our words and actions and act with compassion towards our community
members.
Integrity - We conduct ourselves in ways that bring honor to ourselves, our school and the community.
Respect - We demonstrate respect for the person and property of ourselves and others.
Responsibility - We are responsible for our behavior as well as for contributing to a healthy and safe learning
environment.

Overarching Goal for Strategic Plan
To build for and secure the long–term future of ISB as the premier international school in Central and Eastern Europe

Parameters for Decision-Making
- The best interests of our students and their diverse needs are always at the center of our decisions.
- We strive always to ensure safe, supportive, and healthy environments conducive to learning.
- We strive always to provide a broad, balanced, high-quality educational program, which includes visual and
performing arts as well as athletics.
- No program or service is introduced unless it is consistent with the strategic plan, the benefits justify the cost, and
provisions are made for professional development and program evaluation.
- No program or service is retained unless it continues to make an optimal contribution to the mission and its benefits
continue to justify cost. We remain committed to areas of strength while addressing areas of weakness.
- We do not tolerate behavior that demeans or is disrespectful of an individual or group.
- We actively encourage family involvement in the life of the school.
- We promote collaboration and team building across the school.
- We balance our need for innovation with respect for our traditions.
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LOWER SCHOOL AT THE INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF BELGRADE

Kategorija - Internacionalni vrtići
Located on the grounds of an old Serbian Villa in the charming Belgrade suburb of Senjak, our campus combines
historic buildings with modern learning spaces and 21st century technology.

ISB is a fully authorized International Baccalaureate World School. We offer the Primary Years Program in English
for students in Pre-Kindergarten (age 3) through grade five (age 10). Developed with the needs of the international
student in mind, the PYP curricular framework focuses on the education of the whole child by fostering the social and
emotional growth of our students while offering a relevant, engaging and challenging curriculum.

The Lower School campus is happy, active and community oriented. Our student body, comprised of roughly 200
children who speak more than 30 different first languages, come from all ends of the globe. Our student government,
Students In Action (SIA), provides leadership for our student body by organizing service and spirit activities on and
off our campus. Each year, our students look forward to our many traditions and celebrations, such as our fall
Halloween Celebration, Winter Performance, Book Fair, Spring Fair along with monthly assemblies where all students
enjoy the opportunity to perform in front of family and friends. Children in grades Kindergarten thru Grade Five
participate in the wide variety of after-school activities that we offer. Our world-class Parent-Teacher-Student
Association (PTSA) sponsors a number of events and activities that build community and support school programs.

Pre-kindergarteners are curious by nature and investigate everything they come in contact with.
They know how to take the smallest observation, object, or surprise and turn it into a learning experience. Our role as
educators is to nurture their love of learning by expanding on their inquisitive nature. As early childhood teachers, we
know that teaching means much more than lessons and standards. Our program is designed to encourage a balance
of child-initiated and teacher-facilitated activities, taking into account the individuality and diversity of every child. We
strive to create eager and active learners, establish appropriate communication skills, build confidence and promote
self-esteem, while introducing students to all areas of learning through a stimulating environment. We believe that
outdoor play is an essential component for children’s health and well-being. The time they spend outdoors every day
is just as important to their learning as the time they spend in the classroom.

Full-day Kindergarten is an integral part of ISB’s educational program. It is the foundation upon
which students become life-long learners. Our Kindergarten program is filled with a wealth of learning activities which
will help your child grow socially, emotionally, physically, and intellectually. We believe it is the most influential year in
the child’s formal education.

First grade is an exciting time! This is the year students become confident readers. Students come
in learning to read and leave reading to learn. First graders learn independence through a fun, engaging yet structured
atmosphere. Students are encouraged to ask questions and be active participants in their own learning.

Grade 2 is the time to consolidate and extend our learning from the essential basic skills taught in
Kindergarten and 1st grade. In grade 2 we focus on acquiring skills and strategies that will enable us to gather,
analyze and comprehend information about the world in which we live, and prepare us for further inquiries in 3rd, 4th
and 5th grade. We will continue to develop social, emotional and individual academic abilities essential in shaping
future responsible citizens of the global community.

Grade 3 is an important transitional year between the basic academic grounding of the K-2 level
and the more independent research, Upper Elementary level, grades 4 and 5. Children are expected by the end of the
year to take responsibility for their own studies and actions.

Welcome to Grade 4 a fun and productive place to be. We are truly the International Hall where we
learn not only about our world, but about each other- the diversity of our backgrounds and cultures. We learn about our
world, both past and present and begin our quest to find out who we are!

Our Fifth Grade students are both the leaders and the role models of the Lower School. Elections
for Student Representative Council (SRC) officers serve as an opportunity to begin the discussion about leadership
and the responsibilities of successful leaders. Also, every year we spend three extraordinary days on a hiking trip
designed to enable us to bond together as a unified team. Nurturing true PYP students, who model the PYP Learner
Profile and Attitudes for the rest of our community, is our main goal and focus in the area of character development,
which we so highly value.
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UPPER SCHOOL AT THE INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF BELGRADE

Kategorija - Internacionalne osnovne škole
The essence of the International School of Belgrade (ISB) lies in its long, distinguished history and its prevailing
philosophy: learning is an everyday process, both within and beyond the classroom. ISB has always sought to
encourage students’ passions and pursuit of challenges to ensure healthy and open mindsets.

Our rich international setting within a Serbian context, ensures that students are constantly engaging with
multifaceted perspectives, which in turn foster a greater appreciation about the value of culture and identity.

This belief system is underpinned by a focus upon creativity, critical thinking and collaboration. In combination with
resilience, inquisitiveness and compassion, ISB endeavors to secure a holistic and sustained learning experience for
all its students. The development of these key skills and dispositions allows ISB students to incrementally take
ownership of their own learning to sustain success.

To support students’ personal growth, ISB promotes a deep engagement and genuine understanding of the world
around them. This understanding is based upon rigorous academic programs that direct students towards securing a
knowledge base that has depth and breadth. More critically, students are encouraged to adopt a hands-on approach to
create a more enriching and energizing learning experience. Classrooms without walls, expeditions, regional and
international tournaments and competitions, service projects and refugee assistance instill an appreciation of how
interconnectedness makes an international education such a unique experience. This vibrant exposure, not only helps
to support physical, creative, emotional and social growth, it also asks of students to seek real solutions that can
make a difference. Student seminars and leadership opportunities, such as the Student Council, Ideas Conference,
the student run newspaper (Dragon’s Den) and homeroom forums, tap into the very nature of student empowerment
and active participation.

At ISB, we aspire to create informed and engaged citizens by expanding our students’ educational experiences. By
virtue of this process, students ultimately create their own personal narratives via their own distinct voices and
actions.
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UPPER SCHOOL PROGRAMS

Kategorija - Internacionalne srednje škole
IB MIDDLE YEARS PROGRAM (MYP)

ISB is a full IB World School that has, as do other international schools, a highly transient student body. We strongly
believe that the three IB programs fully meet diverse needs of both international students and their host country
peers. We are proud to be able to offer the MYP continuum to our PYP students as they transition to the next chapter
in their education. We also prepare our MYP students throughout these years with the skills and concepts they will
need to be successful Diploma Program students in their final two years of high school.

The written, taught and learnt curriculum at ISB during the MYP years is a demanding, student centered, engaging,
and balanced international curriculum, which incorporates all the attributes of the IB learner profile (which are personal
characteristics identified by the IB to help students develop the attributes associated with success throughout their IB
education and as lifelong learners). The school years from grades 6 – 10 are full of change, growth, and transitions,
which is all the more reason for highlighting the importance of a balanced approach to their education.

IB DIPLOMA PROGRAM (DP)

The IBO describes the DP as “a comprehensive and challenging pre-university course that demands the best from
both motivated students and teachers.

…Typically, diploma holders are ready to debate real-world issues from an international perspective and to provide
leadership and support in the local and global community. They demonstrate a capacity for in-depth study while
maintaining a broad perspective of the different subject areas.

They are able to ask challenging questions but also know how to research a topic and express their opinion. They
have a strong sense of their own culture and identity, as well as the ability to communicate in two or more languages
with people who have a different perspective of the world.”

Because ISB is an international school serving a varied, multicultural community of students and teachers, the school
offers the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program for all students in Grades 11 and 12. ISB has been an
authorized Diploma Program school since April, 2005.

To become successful candidates for the full IB Diploma, recognized and valued by competitive universities
worldwide, students must take six courses, 3 at the Higher Level and 3 at the Standard Level. DP courses are
offered in all six subject areas and take two years to complete. In May of their senior year, ISB students sit for
external examinations for the IB.

In order to broaden their perspective beyond academic courses, Diploma students must also fulfill the core
requirements of the Diploma Program:
- An independent, in-depth research project resulting in an extended essay of 4000 words. ISB students begins the
work at the end of semester 1 of grade 11, and turn in the final Extended Essay by the end of October of their grade
12 year.
- A Theory of Knowledge course and paper, which addresses the questions: What do we know and how do we know?
- Commitment to the ISB and Belgrade communities through Creativity, Activities and Service (CAS) projects. At
ISB, CAS is perhaps our proudest achievement, with Diploma students sponsoring individual and group projects in the
local community throughout the year.

The Diploma Program is the culmination of an ISB education. It builds directly on the holistic approach of the Primary
and Middle Years Programs. All students in grades 11 and 12 are required to take IB classes in six academic subject
areas. Please see the IB Diploma Program link or the IBO’s website for more details on this program.

EXTRACURRICULAR PROGRAM

Our Upper School has a rich and varied extracurricular program. We strive for maximum participation by offering a
range of opportunities and experiences outside of the regular school curriculum to promote learning and growth in
each individual.

Middle and High school students are given the opportunity to represent the school in various athletic and academic
events organized by the Central Eastern European Schools Association (CEESA).
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HOMEROOM PROGRAM

Kategorija - Srednje škole na engleskom jeziku
At the end of grade 12 students will have the following traits:

- Have a sense of belonging to our community
- Have a clear identity as a learner and person
- Have a belief in supporting our community with care.
- Confident
- Build healthy, trusting relationships
- Resilient
- Healthy
- Emotionally
- Physically
- Socially
- Compassionate
- Empathetic
- Happy

UNITS:

Developing as an ISB student

Student are building on their learning skills, ways to organize themselves and manage their time.
Building healthy relationships
Students are developing empathy, acceptance of differences, communication skills etc.
Developing a growth mindset
Building an attitude that we can constantly develop and improve throughout our lifetime.
Living a healthy lifestyle
We focus on adopting behaviors that support physical, emotional and social well being.
Who am I?
Students are exploring their characteristics and developing their unique identity.
Developing skills
We focus on study skills, exams preparations and ways to overcome test anxiety.
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