ISA International School of Guangzhou has successfully competed for the KXCN-Z-1 plot of development land in Science City (Guangzhou Development Zone). The plot has an area of 37 320 square metres, and is near the Guangdong Olympic Stadium. It takes approximately 20 minutes to drive to the site from Zhujiang New Town. The plot will be used to build our new K-12 ‘ISA International School Science City Campus’. We will enrol more than 1800 students here and create a school with a genuine multicultural, international and futures-oriented curriculum. It is scheduled to be operational in August 2020.
ISA International School is committed to creating a community focused on individual learners, nurturing their gifts and talents, and helping them become responsible global citizens and internationally-minded young men and women. Their education will follow a holistic model which balances academic and cocurricular pursuits with leadership, character and moral development. It will be a community in which many nationalities and cultures come together and learn from each other, especially in an international school environment.
The philosophy of ISA closely aligns with that of the International Baccalaureate (IB) The IB Curriculum Framework in combination with the British Curriculum Outcomes and Standards ensure that the curriculum is of a high quality, international standard. ISA has developed extensive international relationships to support this inspiring curriculum and learning community.
While English is the main mode of teaching in ISA, we provide a high quality Chinese language curriculum to help students integrate into Chinese society while seamlessly integrating with Western education. At the same time, we pride ourselves on our Mother Tongue program, providing students with French, Italian, Spanish, Korean, Japanese, Arabic, Hebrew and other native language courses and encouraging students to take multiple languages to cultivate global citizens.
In addition, ISA provides students with more than 20 high-quality cocurricular courses to help enrich their lives and promote their wellbeing. These include music appreciation, learning a musical instrument, choir, karate, ballet, drama, fencing, golf, swimming, football, tennis, badminton, debating, chess, Chinese crafts and culture, table tennis, and many more.
The Zhujiang New Town Campus of ISA
ISA International School applied for candidacy status as a small boutique school located in Zhujiang New Town CBD and has been operating for nearly 3 years. ISA is authorized as an IB, Primary Years Programme (PYP) school.
ISA International School of Guangzhou is a candidate school for the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme and Diploma Programme and pursuing authorization as an IB World School.
IB World Schools share a common philosophy – a commitment to improve the teaching and learning of a diverse and inclusive community of students by delivering challenging, high quality international programmes that share a powerful vision.
Relying on innovative educational models and outstanding teaching achievements, we have established a solid reputation in the eyes of the international education community. We attract more than 330 children from 26 countries. Our Principal, the leadership team, and homeroom and specialist teachers, all of whom obtained confirmation from the Provincial Foreign Experts’ Bureau, are from developed countries such as the Australia, UK, New Zealand, USA, Canada, South Africa, Ireland and India. ISA is one of the few international schools which enrols children of foreign people resident in Guangzhou CBD.
Our students have been actively participating in various competitions and have achieved excellent results, such as defeating Dulwich College Beijing in the Debating Competition, winning the second prize in “Canton Cup” Football Match, and performing well in international Mathematics Olympiad tournaments.
*Only schools authorized by the International Baccalaureate can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme or the IB Career-related Certificate (IBCC). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted. For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit www.ibo.org <http://www.ibo.org/>
**Mission Statement from the IB The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment. These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.
The Science City Campus of ISA
In order to develop Science City Campus into a leading international school in China, ISA has been engaged in global design bidding and hired one of the world's top design teams for campus design. The master designer holds a PhD in architecture from Harvard University and his designs have won numerous awards worldwide. The planning and design of ISA International School Science City Campus will focus on an "holistic education" planning concept to maximise the preservation of the original mountain and the natural environment. A ‘patchwork’ layout of the various types of space and function will ensure a forward-looking, modern, well-equipped futuristic school.
The Science City Campus will be built against a small mountain. An international standardised 400-metre athletics track, sports field, and stadium forms the centre of the campus, with the Kindergarten, administrative building, primary school, library, middle school, high school and student dormitory forming a semi-circular periphery. Above-ground, covered walkways will be set across all the K-12 buildings and the library for ease of movement across the campus. Designers are committed to building the entire school with an international, modern, garden style, emphasising open but distinctive space. It will be a blend of international and Chinese design elements and feature strongly in the educational landscape.
At the same time, we will invest in and construct international facilities such as a competition-standard football field, indoor heated swimming pool, track and field facilities, indoor sports courts, facilities for music, art and dance, and a multi-purpose lecture and performance hall accommodating 800 people.
Further reports on this exciting development will follow in the coming months.