The ISD MissionOur inclusive, globally minded community develops highly motivated and academically successful bilingual learners. ISD students are inter-culturally adept and make positive contributions in a complex world.

Vision

ISD will be an exemplary, multi-lingual international school in the world-wide community, distinguished by its commitment to:

  • A cohesive 
pre-K to 8 community of students, faculty, staff, parents and alumni
  • An outstanding 
faculty that is continually embracing best pedagogical practices
  • An individualized approach to student learning to ensure that all students are challenged and successful
  • Enhanced knowledge 
and skills in math, 
science and technology that prepare students for a changing future
  • Students' personal development ensuring that they are well rounded individuals exhibiting ISD values and beliefs
  • Internationalism 
in the curriculum and school culture
Mission and Vision generated by the ISDenver Board of Directors and school-side Strategic Visioning Committee in 2016. Subject to review in 2019.

Values & Beliefs

  • Being different and individual
  • Welcoming and accepting everyone in the ISD community and beyond
  • Learning about and respecting other people's cultures and beliefs
  • Doing the right thing
  • Standing up for ourselves and others
  • Being fair and honest in our words and actions
  • Looking out for each other
  • Caring for others
  • Taking action through service learning
  • Owning our decisions and our mistakes
  • Working hard, managing our time and staying on task
  • The importance of developing our independence
  • Doing our best and staying determined
  • Never giving up
  • Striving continuously as everyone can grow and develop
Generated by ISDenver students in 2016. Subject to review in 2019.

Learning Principles

The Best Learning Is...

Relevant and Transferable
The learning is authentic and purposeful; is applicable to real life situations; is culturally and globally relevant and is interdisciplinary helping learners make connections, reflecting the real world.
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Metacognitive
Learners are taught how to learn and are given opportunities to develop strong metacognitive competencies; they can employ effective and flexible learning strategies; they believe in a growth mindset and that effort leads to success; they are driven by intrinsic motivation and can exercise some degree of choice and control over their learning; learners engage in self-assessment, self-regulation and reflection.
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Inquiry Based
Learners investigate, question, discuss and justify as they develop problem-solving skills and become decision makers; hands on, experiential learning with active, constructive involvement to support student-led inquiry into essential and meaningful questions; learners develop a variety of strategies for possible multiple solutions; they find applications for, and take action on, what they have learned.
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Social
There are opportunities for social interaction, cooperation and collaboration with school, local and broader communities; critical and creative thinking skills include opportunities for expressing and evaluating different perspectives and viewpoints; there is a focus on social emotional learning and the development of emotional intelligence.
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Personal and Meaningful
The learning is challenging and appropriate to individual developmental levels; builds upon their prior knowledge and understanding; takes into account learners’ different starting points, multi-sensory needs and zones of proximal development and makes effective use of timely, constructive, personal feedback in setting and reaching goals.
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Generated by ISDenver faculty in 2016. Subject to review in 2019.

Strategic Objectives

  • Objective One

    To offer an unparalleled student learning experience and foster academic and personal achievement by aligning bilingual, bi-cultural and International Baccalaureate curricula; school-wide curriculum goals; standards and benchmarks; and best pedagogical practices.

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  • Objective Two

    To develop a visionary, state of the art campus,
    including infrastructure and facilities that intentionally
    foster the mission and achieve the vision of ISDenver.

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  • Objective Three

    To continue to differentiate ISD as a preeminent
    school with a unique educational model and a nurturing,
    caring community where the passion is real.

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  • Objective Four

    To strengthen organizational effectiveness,
    supporting ISDenver as a learning
    community with a growth mindset.

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