Our Story


In 1991 an Indiana Humanities Council task force was established to address Indiana’s position in a changing world.  The Task Force report, entitled Indiana in a Changing World – A Strategy for Action, emphasized the need for Indiana to:

  • Participate in the world community and world economy
  • Attract foreign companies and specialist employees
  • Make Indiana students more internationally competitive

One of the report’s major recommendations led to the creation of the International School of Indiana in 1994.

Since its founding in 1994, ISI has grown into a 3-year-old through Grade 12 school of more than 600 students. The High School and Middle School classes are on the Michigan Road campus near the Indianapolis Museum of Art, and the early years and lower-elementary school classes are held in a 1940s schoolhouse leased from Butler University in the Butler-Tarkington neighborhood.


The mission of the International School of Indiana is to provide our students with a world-class education that prepares them to be responsible citizens and effective leaders in a rapidly globalizing and interdependent world.


International School of Indiana students will be-

  • Lifelong learners
  • Balanced
  • Critical thinkers and creative problem solvers
  • Able to apply knowledge across disciplines to address complex issues




  • Effective communicators in multiple languages
  • Able to collaborate with others across linguistic and cultural boundaries
  • Individuals who value differences
  • Concerned for the wellbeing of others
  • Thoughtful stewards of the Earth’s resources


International School of Indiana students will demonstrate-

Respect | Responsibility| Effort