I attended ISB from 2011-2014. They claim to be a progressive, open-minded and accepting environment, but I am confident in saying that claim is superficial. The diversity of the student body might give the impression of open-mindedness when in reality it was a backwards mini-society where minority groups (who are the majority at ISB) threw racial insults at each other while the white students stood around feeling uncomfortable. I grew up in a lower-class family and was relentlessly bullied because it, along with my appearance, quirks, gender, and family background. The administration and principal especially were not sympathetic to my situation, claiming I was making the whole thing up in an attempt to get attention. There was also a serious gender divide that was reinforced by teachers, who were constantly separating and stereotyping people by their sex. The dress code was extremely sexist as well. Boys were allowed to wear whatever they wanted while girls were being taken out of class for showing "too much shoulder". Teachers who truly cared for the well-being of students were among the few. My mother's main complaint was that they seemed aloof and inaccessible, more concerned with their number of vacation days than the quality of education they were providing. There were barely any extracurricular activities or clubs available to the middle schoolers. While high schoolers got to enjoy coffee houses, dances, and a slew of after-school activities and clubs, none of that was available to grades 6-8. There were also no sports and no drama programs hosted by the school for any grade, so many students participated in those offered by their home high schools. If you are looking for a school that solely focuses on academics, then ISB can provide that for you. That being said, ISB does not necessarily put students as far ahead academically as they claim to. When I began attending my regular public high school, I did not find myself to be lightyears ahead of my classmates as ISB claimed I should be. That being said, the language program was exceptional. The teachers or TAs were from or had lived in a country where their language was spoken natively, and/or learned English as a second language. You will be hard pressed to find a school that rivals ISB in that field. However, that still does not make up for the overwhelmingly poor experience I had attending ISB.
This school offers students academic rigor and a global perspective as well as a sense of community service obligation and pride in doing one's best. My daughter loves it here and is excited every day to go to school. This school has the added benefit of being the only one in the area that offers language starting at the 6th grade.
I too am very impressed with the school. In addition to teaching high academics, they also teach values to children. This is my daughter's first year at ISB and she says she feels so safe and at home. There are no bullying, kids don't get into trouble and all have the same goals which is academics.
I am very impressed with this school, the teachers seem invested the the childrens ability to do well and to achieve their goals. The principle is passionate about the school and the kids who attend. My child has attended for the last three years and it has been a great experience for the whole family having her at a school which values academics.