The ISA Community consists of students, parents, teachers and supporters from many countries. The ISA International Education Group (ISAIEG) is committed to the creation of a culturally plural community in which people from different nationalities, language groups and faiths cooperate, learn from each other and develop genuine international-mindedness.
ISA does not represent the beliefs, values or educational system of any one country. On the contrary, our leaders and staff bring professional ideas and cultural values from many countries, embracing both Western and Eastern traditions. Our leaders have experience in many of the world’s leading schools, universities and curriculum development centres. They develop schools, professionally assist the teaching faculty, and engage with parents and students for the purpose of creating a strong, cohesive community.
ISA schools follow the internationally recognised International Baccalaureate (IB). At the same time, they utilise outcomes and standards from national curricula, as well as local Chinese language standards to create a curriculum fusion that is special to ISA. In this way, non-Chinese students learn Chinese language and become familiar with Chinese culture, and Chinese students become fluent in English and absorb positive traditions of other cultures.
An ISA education is a genuinely holistic education, focusing on students’ physical, intellectual, emotional and social development. An ISA education is rich in academic experiences, in co-curriculum participation, and in pastoral and wellbeing programmes. These receive equal attention so that students can grow and develop with mind, heart and spirit interconnected and balanced. An ISA student is one who is well prepared academically, ethically, emotionally and socially to face the challenges of tomorrow.
We know that the quality of a school rests on the quality of its teachers. Native English-speaking classroom and specialist teachers are sourced from countries such as Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, UK and USA whose official language is English. Teachers must have a bachelor’s degree, a recognised teaching certification and acceptable school teaching experience.
We expect teachers to have a demonstrated understanding of inquiry learning, to have high levels of intercultural understanding, to be collegiate and of good character. We actively seek teachers who have a passion for education. Each class will consist of a classroom teacher, as well as a bilingual assistant teacher. Additionally, in the Early Years classes, child-care workers are able to support the teaching staff to take care of younger students.