Information for Current ISI Families
ISI is both a community resource and a community treasure
Our 17-year journey has been an exciting and successful one for our students, their families, their employers and the Indianapolis community.
- ISI is one of only seven like schools across the country, joining schools in New York, Washington, Atlanta, Houston, Dallas and San Francisco in offering an integrated International Baccalaureate curriculum that is fully transferable to the very best schools in the centers of commerce and capitals around the globe.
- ISI gives central Indiana a truly competitive advantage in recruiting companies who want to expand to a city where commerce knows no borders.
With that focus in mind, we have aligned the education we offer with the priorities of our community.
Two years ago we recruited David Garner a world class educator from one of Europe’s high tech centers to lead our school. He increased the rigor of our academic program. Recognizing the important role the life sciences play in our community, he instituted a curriculum where our students receive the credits necessary to receive an Indiana HONORS diploma in science by the end of grade 10. As a result, every student spends their final two years studying college-level and advanced science.
Despite the fact that we are the only school in the state where all students must take the full diploma, ISI’s pass rate is one of the highest in the United States and one which places it amongst the most elite schools in the world.
We have had only seven graduating classes but we have students studying at Harvard, Stanford, Princeton, Cornell and MIT as well as Indiana, Purdue, DePauw, Wabash and the best schools Indiana and the Midwest has to offer. Additionally, we have students studying at the top schools in the UK including Cambridge.
Last year our elementary school initiated a Mandarin Chinese and English immersion program that has been recognized by the Chinese government as a Confucius classroom. The Mandarin program has been expanded to the Upper School in recognition of the ever expanding role that China is playing in the world economy and the cultural understanding that is needed for our students to succeed.
One of the greatest misconceptions about ISI is that we are a language school. Students need no prior language experience to enter our programs at any grade level and we offer a full complement of English language courses particularly in the High School. But the vast majority of students who complete our entire curriculum graduate with a Bilingual IB Diploma, which is a rarity in the United States and widely respected worldwide.