The International School of Wuxi (ISW) is part of the International Schools of China (ISC) school system, managed by Leadership Development International (LDi). LDi is a United States registered non-profit corporation committed to educational work in China, including the establishment of international schools for expatriate children, and to the promotion of cultural understanding and educational exchanges.

Mission

International School of Wuxi educates students intellectually, socially, physically, and spiritually so that they may become well-rounded individuals who seek truth and positively impact their multi-cultural societies.

 

Vision

ISW students will become life-long learners in their multi-cultural societies who continue to pursue personal growth through education, who communicate effectively using various tools to deliver critical and creative thoughts, and who enjoy participating in physical and spiritual activities both cooperatively and individually to build up their physical and spiritual health.

Who we are

International School of Wuxi is an established, vibrant, and growing learning community for expat children in Wuxi, China. As the only non-profit international school in Wuxi, we strive for excellence by hiring experienced and highly qualified international and national staff while continuously providing affordable international education. ISW has been operating in Wuxi since 2007 and is part of the International Schools of China, which has been providing quality education in China since 1986. ISW is committed to serving the international community in Wuxi by providing a holistic education focusing on academics, character, and truth.

Who we serve

International School of Wuxi offers a unique learning environment intentionally designed for international students from preschool through 12th grade. With our highly recruited faculty and diverse international student body, we have created a vibrant learning atmosphere where students thrive and flourish. ISW strives to be a community where parents feel welcomed and have the opportunity to actively participate in their child’s education and character development. ISW incorporates opportunities for service projects into school events such as Spirit Week and Spring Trip to teach students the value of giving back to the community. Community members are also invited to participate in programs organized by ISW such as the Summer Basketball + English Camp and the Third Culture Kid Seminar.

What they will become

Students at the International School of Wuxi become part of a close community where the faculty and staff help them develop academically, emotionally and spiritually into individuals that are equipped to enter a multicultural world and prepared to attend the universities of their choosing. ISW educates the whole child socially, spiritually, intellectually, physically, and emotionally to become a dynamic individual of truth and excellence who positively contributes to society.

The Western Education Approach

International School of Wuxi provides an educational experience that balances academic learning, character building and social development. ISW offers an American curriculum that follows the North American Colleges Preparatory Curriculum design. In 2013, ISW became accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). The standards for each course are intentional, student focused, and designed to prepare students for the increasing challenges and demands they will encounter as they leave ISW. The instructors at ISW create a cooperative, interactive, and safe learning environment where students can grow in confidence, character, relationships, and academic ability. Instructors actively share their lives with students, and activity abounds outside of the classroom in the form of school programs, concerts, sports competitions, and trips.

International School of China

International School of Wuxi is a part of the International Schools of China (ISC) consortium with around 1600 students and 250 foreign teachers and administrators from all over the world. ISC schools collaborate in various ways; students can participate in sports leagues, art performances, Model UN, science fair, and other inter-school events hosted at the various ISC campuses. The opportunity for students to be a part of this larger, inter-connected community is just one of the many ways in which the ISW experience is unique. ISC also creates curriculum and professional development opportunities for all teachers in the ISC school system, so they can provide their students with the best education. The ISC schools are located in Wuxi, Tianjin, Qingdao, Shenyang, Chengdu, and Wuhan. Since 1986, ISC has been operating successfully in China noted for a world-class education marked by the pursuit of excellence.

Guiding Principles

Academics

We believe that education is a lifelong process that allows people to develop to their fullest potential. For this reason, our academic programs feature rigorous curricula that focus on the mastery of a core body of knowledge and on the discovery of additional knowledge. We establish a partnership between the school and the parents and we emphasize the development of the whole child.

Character

Our actions influence the world around us, so as human beings, we have a responsibility to act with honor and integrity in all areas of our personal and professional lives. We want all of our students to become people who consistently do right in thought, word and action. We emphasize service, character development, a strong work ethic, perpetual growth, loving interaction with others and an appropriate level of independence.

Truth

We believe in the existence, accessibility and applicability of transcendent truth. Students should be able to articulate and defend an appropriate view of truth.

Core Values

We believe that ISW exists to provide academically excellent learning opportunities within a college preparatory course of study. We attempt to meet all educational needs of those students admitted into our program. 

Parent Responsibility

We believe that the primary responsibility for education rests with parents. The school should assist families in helping their children develop a sense of their own worth and identity as human beings. We believe that education is an ongoing process through which this awareness develops in individuals as they grow toward their full potential in all areas of life.

Educational Philosophy

We believe that education should be broad-based, providing student opportunities in basic core subject areas and in as many supplementary enrichment areas as feasible. The basic core subject areas are humanities, language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, and Chinese. Other subjects include art, music, physical education, yearbook, and computer applications.

Faculty and Staff

We believe the faculty and staff should lead ISW in fostering an environment characterized by love, grace, respect, and servanthood.

In the Community

As part of the community, we believe that ISW should actively benefit the citizens and government of Wuxi through educational programs and community service.

Student Outcomes

At ISW, we expect our students to be…

Life-long learners who:

  • use the English language to acquire and convey knowledge
  • meet and exceed curricular standards in all subject areas
  • think critically and creatively and solve problems
  • gather information, research, and study independently using a wide range of resources

Positive community influencers who:

  • exemplify moral character through integrity, personal responsibility, gratitude, compassion, and perseverance
  • are self-aware, knowing their strengths and weaknesses and how these are impacted by their global experiences
  • purposefully pursue cross-cultural relationships with respect and understanding

Seekers of truth who:

  • identify and differentiate between various worldviews and make wise decisions
  • apply knowledge, tools, and experiences in order to develop a positive moral character
  • articulate and defend their own worldview

Socially and physically healthy individuals who:

  • are equipped with the knowledge of how to live a healthy and culturally appropriate lifestyle
  • appreciate and participate in the arts and physical activities
  • set goals and manage time and resources wisely

Effective communicators who:

  • work cooperatively and listen empathetically
  • appropriately use non-verbal, verbal, written, and technological means to express themselves in diverse settings

History

ISW Today

ISW now has over 40 foreign staff and 50 Chinese staff members. The current enrollment of the school is over 200 students from 14 different countries and regions. Students participate in co-curricular activities such as art, music, table-tennis, volleyball, basketball, soccer and baking.  Students from grades 6-10 compete in ISC tournaments for volleyball, basketball and soccer. They also participate in the annual ISC choral concert in Tianjin.

2004

The Wuxi Oriental International School was established in the Wuxi New District by the Wuxi government to provide a quality education to the children of foreigners living in Wuxi and surrounding areas.

 

2010

Construction of the new gymnasium was completed.  The gymnasium serves as a multipurpose building hosting athletic events, physical education classes, assemblies, and school events for the International School of Wuxi.

2006

Leadership Development International, an American company, was asked to take over management of the school resulting in the establishment of the International School of Wuxi.

2011

International School of Wuxi graduated its first senior class of 2 students.  Both students attended the University of South Florida in the USA.

2007

International School of Wuxi began classes in August. The International School of Wuxi was set up to provide a North American educational program for the children of expatriates.

2013

The Accrediting Commission for Schools of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) granted the maximum term of accreditation to the International School of Wuxi, ensuring that ISW continues to make a difference in the lives of students and families in and around Wuxi.

ISW Air Quality Policy

One of the health concerns of living in Wuxi (China) is the air quality. Air quality can become unhealthy due to pollutants such as ground-level ozone and particle pollution. Ozone is especially damaging to the lungs of children and those who work and play outside and is mainly a problem during hot summers. Particle pollution – especially fine particles such as those found in smoke, haze, or dust – contains microscopic solids or liquid droplets that are so small that they can get deep into the lungs and can cause serious health problems.

The ISW Air Quality Policy has been developed to decide the implications of the actual air quality on outdoor activities for students. The responsible staff members will check the AQI at scheduled times before students go outside. Using the ISW Air Quality Implication Chart, the responsible staff members will match the AQI to our chart and identify what the implications are for outdoor activities. If, at any point when our responsible staff see the AQI at or above 151, the responsible staff members will inform the teachers the color level and its implications.

If students are known to have asthma or other respiratory problems, parents can request to discuss with the school and decide if their student can follow the ISW policy or if their student may need stricter guidelines. A list of those students who might need special attention will be distributed to the teachers.

AQI Chart

Questions?
Feel free to contact our admission liaisons.

Accreditation & Membership

ISW is a fully registered international school and holds an international school license from the National Education Bureau as well as from the Jiangsu and Wuxi Municipal Education Bureaus. Due to its rigorous educational and organizational standards, the International School of Wuxi has been awarded the highest possible accreditation through the Western Association of Colleges and Schools (WASC).