community culture at isi

At the International School of Indiana, we see our multicultural makeup as an asset and respect for differences as integral to our mission. Our school was created in part to offer Indiana parents a distinct educational program for their children, one combining a demanding curriculum with foreign language fluency, cultural awareness, and an appreciation for diversity. We are committed to creating a fair and inclusive environment for all and believe a safe school environment enables our students to learn, explore, and grow as compassionate, caring members of our community.
The ten attributes in the IB learner profile provide inspiration and aspiration to help members of our school community recognize, “I am a part of making sure everyone feels safe and comfortable here.


The International School of Indiana honors the uniqueness of each student and employee,
actively embracing diverse backgrounds, encouraging values that promote equity and
belonging, and fostering creative, culturally aware, global citizens. We equip our students with
the skills and confidence to explore ideas, ask critical questions, and express their unique views.
They are equally empowered to transform their communities by embracing, respecting, and
valuing others and connecting across a range of differences.


our mission

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.

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Students at ISI are International Baccalaureate students. An IB student strives to be:

  • Inquirers
  • Knowledgeable
  • Thinkers
  • Communicators
  • Principled
  • Open-minded
  • Caring
  • Risk-takers
  • Balanced
  • Reflective

The aim of all IB programmes is to develop internationally minded people who recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world.



In the summer of 2020, ISI took deliberate steps and identified immediate priorities to ensure that our vision of creating a fair and inclusive environment for all at ISI would be possible. Since then, our actions have been purposeful. Our actions are also ongoing because the work of creating and nourishing a culture is ongoing. As we continue to seek opportunities for growth, for open and honest communication, and for transformative, real-world learning experiences for the betterment of ourselves and those around us, we will provide a summary of our progress. For the remainder of this academic year, we will publish our progress on the 15th of each month. We anticipate that our plans will continue to evolve, informed by our community members. We look forward to sharing more with you each month.

Action Items Start Date Status

In partnership with the Board of Directors, the ISI Leadership Team will incorporate DEI efforts into the ISI Strategic Plan. ISI will commit to working on ongoing DEI efforts and action steps.

August 2020 Active & Ongoing

ISI will form an initial Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force that invites faculty, staff, students, board members, parents, and senior leaders to volunteer their time to participate in weekly touch points throughout the school year.

August 2020 Completed June 2020

Incorporate DEI training into continuing education sessions for faculty for the 2020-2021 academic year.

August 2020 Completed May 2021

Board Members to participate in DEI training.

August 2020 and ongoing Active & Ongoing

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force to identify initial action items and prepare recommendations to school leadership.

September 2020 Completed May 2021

ISI commits to finding new ways to identify and hire people from diverse backgrounds in our recruiting process.
Note: At the conclusion of the 2020-2021 academic year, we were fortunate to enjoy a record-high retention rate in our faculty and staff, with fewer available positions.

January 2021 Active & Ongoing

Retain an external DEI consultant by February 2021.

January 2021 Completed January 2021

DEI consultant to work with senior leadership to gather qualitative and quantitative data, to develop a strategy and action steps to advance culture changes at ISI.

February 2021 Active and Ongoing

Create and distribute community-wide surveys regarding DEI efforts at ISI to our faculty, staff, students, and parents.

March 2021 Completed April 2021

Analyze and compile survey results, and invite ISI parents to participate in focus groups hosted by our external DEI consultant to probe further into opportunities to improve the experiences of students and families.

April 2021 Completed May 2021

DEI consultant provides survey and focus group analysis to the senior leadership team with recommendation to clarify ISI’s vision related to DEI.

June 2021 Completed June 2021

Equity and Positioning statements to be created and presented to employees and board members in advance of the school year, an essential first step in aligning all school leaders toward a shared vision for ISI.

July 2021 Completed August 2021

Form a new Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion task force for employees.

January 2022 In Progress

During the 2021-2022 academic year, all employees will receive ongoing DEI training, through a five-part training series facilitated by the DEI consultant.

August 2021 Completed April 2022

Launch the Gryphon Growth Program, a holistic approach to helping US students take care of themselves and each other. The program is intended to build skills to balance the academic, social, behavioral, and emotional aspects of their lives. Key areas in the 2021-2022 program include understanding bullying, stereotypes, coping skills, stress management, how to advocate for self and others, civil discourse, valuing differences, and respect for differing perspectives.

August 2021 Active & Ongoing

ISI will review the Student Discipline policy to determine how we can improve our policies and our work with students who do not adhere to our standards of conduct. Once we have completed this review and made any necessary changes, we will share this with our community.

December 2021 In Progress

ISI will launch a review of personnel and resources needed to dramatically enhance our ability to care for each student’s well-being. Review of current administrative responsibilities, areas of expertise of each administrator, assessment of further needs. Immediate reassignment of some duties based on capabilities of our current team.

December 2021 In Progress

ISI will issue a request for proposals from consulting firms to provide a thorough assessment of the culture at ISI, as it exists, currently. A firm will be selected this winter to conduct an assessment this spring, and provide recommendations to leadership.

December 2021 In Progress

ISI will communicate more regularly with internal audiences including current/alumni families and employees about our action plan and progress and provide transparency for external audiences on a new dedicated web page.

January 2022 Active & Ongoing

ISI will re-launch the Head of School’s listening tour, focused on a discussion about our campus culture, providing an opportunity for parents, employees, students, and alumni to share their experiences and ideas.

February 2022 Completed March 2022

ISI will identify themes from the listening tour that help to inform our next steps. 

March 2022 Completed March 2022

ISI will update the Strategic Plan informed by the Listening Tour

April 2022 Completed April 2022

ISI will commit to an action plan for 2022-2023 academic year, informed by assessments, constituent feedback, and strategic priorities.

May 2022 Active & Ongoing

Last update 5/15/2022


community updates & Summary Reports

Community culture REPORT

This report compiles the efforts to develop the community culture at ISI. It includes the Listening Tour Report, which distilled the ideas, comments, suggestions you shared during the Listening Tour into ten common themes. After the Listening Tour, the next steps were added to the Community Culture Report, including expanding the Strategic Plan and Action Items moving forward.

Click Here to Learn more about the listening tour

click here to learn more about the strategic plan

I am a part of making sure everyone feels safe and comfortable here.