Established in 1985, The International School of Minnesota (ISM) recently completed its 30th year of operation. As the first SABIS® network school to open in the U.S., ISM was established to bring high-quality, private education to a state already known for its strong education system. ISM is a member of the SABIS® School Network, recognized for its proven, global curriculum taught around the world, in 16 countries and on 4 continents. ISM has earned recognition as the #1 Most Challenging School in Minnesota on The Washington Post’s Challenge Index. The ACT® (college entrance exam) scores by ISM students rank higher than the U.S. national average and Minnesota average, with an average score of 28. Our SAT® test scores are also similarly high, outperforming the state and national averages in all three areas. Three ISM students even scored a perfect score of 800 last year!
ISM values cultural diversity and inclusion and offers students’ unparalleled opportunities to share and expand global experiences. Our student body represents over 40 countries and 30 languages. Our close-knit community values this distinction and enjoys building global friendships, demonstrated by our annual events at the school such as International Day and Winter Market.
Our students take a daily world language, taught by native speakers, in either French, Chinese, or Spanish.
ISM offers Advanced Placement (AP) courses in all content areas. With 19 AP courses available to our upper school students, we offer more AP learning opportunities than any other area private school. On average, our students complete seven AP courses by the time they graduate. Over 92 percent of students taking AP exams received scores of 3 or higher and many received AP Scholar awards. 51% of ISM students sitting for AP exams earned AP Scholar recognition.
The Student Life Organization® empowers students to be active participants in their academic, leadership, emotional, social, and moral growth. All students are challenged to get involved, those who join SLO learn leadership and management skills that will help them later in life. Student Life Organization includes new student mentoring, local and global community service, peer tutoring, event planning, leadership training, and much more with a total of eight different departments the students may choose to get involved in.
Our performing arts program has over 12 high-quality musical and theater productions annually, with this year’s spring performance Disney’s The Little Mermaid. Students are encouraged to explore their talents and gain appreciation of both the performing and visual arts. We also offer band, orchestra, musical ensembles, concert and show choirs, drama, and visual arts. The athletics at ISM are varied and promote lifelong fitness, confidence, and teamwork. Students develop physical skills through a variety of team or individual sports, with an expanded gym, and a new track and soccer field. Upper school sports include (but are not limited to) varsity soccer, volleyball, basketball, baseball, and track and field.
Additionally, if sports or arts are not enough for you, our school has a competitive national robotics team (WE ROBOT), a math league, Model United Nations, and Destination Imagination teams available to join. We have a brand new on campus residence hall with boarding option, open to both international and domestic students. It offers amenities such as a theater, recreation center, laundry facility, fitness center, Wi-Fi and satellite TV, 24-hour security, and two live in supervisors. The facility offers a selection of two types, a single room with private bath or a semi-private room (suite with 4 adjoining rooms and two bathrooms). Students who live in the dorm will be provided 3 meals a day each day of the week.
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