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Established in 1996, authorized by the Romanian Ministry of Education and accredited by the Council of International Schools, International School of Bucharest provides a complete educational programme for students from ages 3 to 18.

ISB operates on two different campuses, one in East Bucharest (by the Pantelimon Lake) for ages 3 to 18 and one in North Bucharest (Pipera) for ages 3 to 7. Over 40 nationalities are represented among its 750 children.

Learning International School of Bucharest follows The National Curriculum for England and Wales, adapted to meet international best practices. We offer International General Certificate of Education (IGCSE) and International A-Level Diploma programme which means our students can apply and go on to respected universities in Romania and around the world.

Our curriculum offers students a broad-based, challenging and reflective education with an international perspective. English is the primary language of instruction throughout the school. For those students whose English is not yet fully developed, there is English as an additional language (EAL) instruction available, as well as in-class support. For those who have no English language background, intensive instruction is also available. Our goal is to provide the students of the International School of Bucharest with the best possible programme of academic and personal development in a challenging and supportive environment.

Early Years Foundation Stage

Early Years Foundation Stage provides a safe and secure environment in which very young children can grow and learn. In the Early Years, children learn through a combination of teacher-pupil initiated activities and, of course, play.

Children’s learning areas are large, well planned and appropriate to the age and needs of the children. Classrooms are set up to encourage young children’s natural play behaviour and allow free access to a wide range of resources.

Developing learning needs are taken into consideration with regards to environment, resources, challenges set and daily routines.

Close relationships are built with parents, teachers, and assistants to ensure each child has the best preparation for the next stage of their education.

Primary School

At primary school level learning often takes place through cross-curricular topic based study. Reading, Writing and Maths are tied together with elements of Science, Geography, History, ICT and Art. For example, pupils gain

appreciation of a History topic, such as Ancient Egypt, by writing an instructional text on the process of making a mummy in Literacy and crafting their Egyptian plaster masks in an Art lesson.

By placing children at the centre of the learning experience we encourage them to investigate, discover and to learn how to harness their abundant natural curiosity. There is a strong emphasis

for them to learn to work independently, and in groups whilst making use of the latest ICT tools available.

Secondary School

The certainties of childhood give way to the questions and doubts of young adults, as our students grow and thrive in an atmosphere of independent learning and guided study. A blend of practical experience and experimentation, books, discussions, lectures and new technology allows students to learn at a rapid

pace. Careful assessment, linked to UK standards, allows us to be sure that everyone is reaching their potential. Real-time online reports to parents provide reassurance and maintain the link between home and school, while encouraging students to reflect on their own work and to believe in themselves.

All subjects are taught by specialist teachers, making use of an extensive range of facilities. Science laboratories, computer rooms, an art suite, a theatre, a gym and rooms for music all ensure that our students learn through experience. Technology complements learning, with

classrooms equipped with projectors and interactive whiteboards to help teachers bring learning to life. We take pride in our students’ achievements, and teachers are committed to helping each individual succeed. This is at the heart of our community.

Sixth Form

Pupils study the AS/A2 International A Level programme in Year 12 and 13. International A Level is recognised worldwide as a requirement for entry into higher educa-

tion. Study and examination at A Level give students in-depth knowledge and lifelong skills that prepare them for success in higher education and employment.

At the International School of Bucharest almost any combination of the wide choice of subjects available. Students have the freedom to select the subjects that are right for them – either follow a broad course of study, or specialise in a particular area.

International AS Level is typically taken at the mid-point of an A Level programme and is optional. We offer AS Level as a qualification in its own right to increase breadth in the curriculum and allow students to complement other subjects they are studying.

The Creative Arts

International School of Bucharest provides the scope for our students to develop skills beyond the academic fields through participation in creative arts.

Classes in music, art and performing arts help to develop creative talents and encourage imagination and confidence.

Among the school’s facilities is a large stage area where regular performances are created for the benefit of both fellow students and their parents and families.

Physical Education

International School of Bucharest provides an interscholastic athletic programme intended to enrich and enhance academic programmes with an aim to provide further opportunities for its students to “Be the Best You Can Be.� Physical Education is

an important aspect of education and should provide a wholesome environment for the development of teamwork, individual skills, positive self esteem, and school spirit/pride through friendly inter-school competitions.

In addition, the ISB Physical Education programme provides support and motivation for students to achieve in the core-curriculum as

well as provide opportunities for enrichment, skill development, and personal growth beyond those available in the classroom.

Extra Curricular Activities

ECAs are an essential, vital and extensive part of education. The development of the skill of working in groups, the cultivation of hobbies and interests, the musical produc-

tions and plays, and participation in interschool competitions present many opportunities for students to discover and develop talents.

Our intention is to provide each student with a chance to develop an area of interest, and to enhance their experience of school life overall. The main objective of Extra Curricular Activities is to develop leadership abilities,

interpersonal relationships, a sense of responsibility, cooperation and generosity among the students, personal discipline, and selfless cooperation for the greater good of the community.

Gifted and Talented

When a student is naturally gifted, we want to make sure we stretch and challenge them. We make sure our teachers are fully aware of how best to work with exceptionally able students and get the best from them.

We also run specialist sessions for students to advance their higher-level thinking skills.

Pupils with Special Educational Needs

SEN or Learning Difficulties encompasses a wide range of learning barriers. At ISB we have a team of caring professionals to help identify and manage these learning barriers with the help and guidance of a multi-professional team, depending on the specific case need.

With the help and input of the whole team we individualize each learning difficulty, and implement a manageable Individual Education Plan which aims to differentiate discretely through mainstream and inclusive teaching.


The responsibility for teaching and guiding our students lies in the hands of a highly talented faculty of teachers, counsellors and administrators. We follow very rigorous standards aimed at recruiting and retaining

the best qualified, talented, dynamic and highly motivated educators who are committed to the spirit of internationalism, global understanding and working with students. countries.

ISB employs 93 faculty members from 11 countries.



Hot and cold nutritious lunches are prepared in the school cafeteria.

Breakfast is served for Early Years children only. Primary school students are served a snack after their first lesson.

School Bus A local transportation company provides transport for all parts of Bucharest as well as some suburbs. Buses are equipped with seat belts, surveillance and GPS tracking systems. Early Years and Primary buses have an adult supervisor." The quality of their services is monitored by the school.



Address: Sos Gara Catelu, Nr.1R, Sector 3, 032991 Bucharest, Romania Phone: +40(21) 306 95 30 Fax: +40(21) 306 95 34

Address: Sos. Pipera-Tunari, Nr.82, Voluntari, 729951 Jud. Ilfov, Romania Phone: +40(21) 267 42 18 Fax: +40(21) 267 42 19

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