It is my great honor to serve as Interim Head Principal of ISW, a member of the International Schools Consortium, iSC. While I am new to ISW, I have worked as a Head Principal in iSC schools for more than 16 years during which time I have visited ISW and seen it grow into the most prominent international school in Wuxi. From a small school with limited offerings, ISW now boasts a challenging curriculum and a well-rounded college prep program. What impresses me most, however, is that ISW has not lost its small family feel despite increased student numbers and program growth. This school is truly a caring community where teachers, students and parents feel connected and welcomed. It is in a healthy environment such as this, that students build the necessary confidence to take risks and to challenge themselves in the classroom and on the sports field. It has been my joy to discover that the students of my new school enjoy attending and supporting school events and they love to participate in school activities. It is a place where learning is fun because it’s a place we are proud of and a place we belong.
Debbie Sue Blanks
MISSION & HISTORY
LIVED OUT DAILY.
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.
Wuxi Oriental School opens
The Wuxi Oriental School was established by the Wuxi government to provide a quality education to the children of foreigners living in Wuxi and surrounding areas.
International Schools Consortium takes ownership of Wuxi Oriental School
Description: International Schools Consortium, which has operated international schools for decades, was asked to take over management of the school resulting in the establishment of the International School of Wuxi.
International School of Wuxi opens
Description: International School of Wuxi (ISW) began classes in August. International School of Wuxi was set up to provide a North American educational program for the children of expatriates.
New Gymnasium Opens
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.
ISW’s first graduating class
International School of Wuxi graduated its first senior class of 2 students. Both students attended the University of South Florida in the USA.
The Accrediting Commission for Schools of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) granted the highest 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 celebrates 10 years
ISW celebrated 10 years in Wuxi for serving expatriate families and transforming hundreds of children’s lives.
ONE LIST OF GOALS
Our Student outcomes are an interdisciplinary statement about what all students should know, understand, be able to do and value by the time they graduate from a school. Our team collaborates at all times, in conjunction with parents, to provide developmental and age-appropriate learning activities in order for students in all grades to achieve positive outcomes.
At ISW we expect our students to be:
Seekers of Truth
Positive Community Influencers
Socially and Physically Healthy Individuals
ONE AMAZING CAMPUS
ISW’s campus is located in Xin Wu District. The main academic building houses ECC through High school. Also located on campus is modern gym, two playgrounds, and a soccer field.
- Bright, colorful, welcoming classrooms
- Specialist areas for Science, Music, Art and Drama
- Dedicated spacious music room
- Additional technology resources available (iPads, Notebooks, digital cameras, video and audio equipment)
- Well-resourced Library/Media center
- Access to additional technology resources (iPads, digital cameras, video and audio recording equipment)
- Freshly prepared hot and cold food service
- Dedicated food seating area
ATHLETICS AND OUTDOOR SPACES
- Astroturf pitch for soccer and outdoor team sports
- Hard court area for basketball and outdoor play
- Range of outdoor play areas with sports and play equipment
- Modern, well-equipped gymnasium
- Large playground area with extensive play equipment
Getting to campus
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CAMPUS & FACILITIES
Experienced nurses always available
The ISW Nurse’s Office has a school nurse on duty every day that school is in session to serve students and staff. Parents are also welcome to visit the clinic if they have questions. Our Health Office is equipped to handle minor injuries and illnesses, and regularly provides advice to school, students and parents on best practices for health. For children who need medication during school days, the nurse can administer the medicine at the time requested. Our experienced nurses are constantly working to maintain a learning environment for our students that meets Western health and hygiene standards.
It's all about hygiene, health, and great food
Healthy, well-balanced food is crucial for each child’s development. At ISW, we ensure this through regular health and hygiene procedures and inspection,smeal preparation and menu planning. This starts with a kitchen that meets health standards. Our kitchen and dining areas are regularly checked by government authorities to assure that all hygiene standards are met and hygiene procedures are followed.
All our lunches are prepared by our own chefs, who have worked in international hotels and are very experienced in both Western and Chinese cuisines. We purchase our food and beverage products from trusted vendors only, and each morning carefully select meat, vegetables and fruit.
Each day, our students can choose between Western and Chinese food. They can also, of course, bring their own lunch and warm it up in one of our microwaves. An assortment of drinks and small snacks are available throughout day. All students eat their lunches in our clean cafeteria.
2018 Safety and Security Poster Winner, Hayden Smith from Chengdu International School
iSC SAFTEY AND SECURITY
To ensure the safety of our students, parents and visitors are required to sign-in at the information desk upon entering the school building. Badges identifying parents and visitors are available at the desk and must be worn at all times while on campus. Before leaving the school please turn in your badge and sign-out.
SAFETY FEATURES ON CAMPUS
- iSC schools feature security measures that provide a safe learning environment. We have a door that is locked at all times and only accessible through the use of a personal pin number or fingerprint scanner.
- iSC schools have a strict pick-up policy. All new individuals picking up, even those listed on the enrollment forms, are required to show ID regardless of relation.
- When in the care of our staff, all children are accompanied, supervised, and in line of sight at all times without exception.
- The majority of our staff members are CPR and First Aid certified and receive a minimum of 24 hours continuing education classes bi-annually.
- All Bus Drivers have yearly driver safety training.
- First aid certified staff are present at every school event.
- An AED is provided in the event of an emergency.
- All schoos obtain fire code certification from their local fire bureau.
- Alarm systems and fire suppression equipment are in place.
- In the event there is an obstacle blocking your escape route, go to the closest exit. Once outside the teacher should proceed to their assigned gathering point.
- In the event that the route to the assigned gathering point is blocked, immediately proceed to the alternate gathering point.
- Teachers and students stand quietly in line until word is given from the administration that it is safe to re-enter the building.
Healthy, well-balanced food is crucial for each child’s development. This starts with a kitchen that meets health standards. Our kitchen and dining areas are regularly checked by government safety inspectors to assure that all hygiene standards are met and hygiene procedures are followed.
Students have a choice between Asian and Western cuisine, which are prepared by our own chefs. We purchase our food and beverage products from trusted vendors only, and each morning carefully select meat, vegetables and fruit for daily meals.
Each day, our students can choose between Western and Chinese food. They can of course also bring their own lunch and warm it up in microwaves provided in the cafeteria. An assortment of drinks and small snacks are available throughout day.
All students eat their lunch in our clean and spacious cafeteria. The Early Childhood Department has its own cozy lunch area, specially designed and equipped for our smallest students.
Off CAMPUS EVENTS
A Safety Plan is developed for each off-campus event and a copy should be maintained in the school office.
The plan includes:
- Pre-visits to the trip destination to confirm all accommodation, food, activity and service information.
- List of students on the trip, with current emergency phone numbers
- Permission to travel forms signed by parent / guardian
- Medical information pertaining to trip participants who require specific medical assistance
- List of teachers and chaperones, with contact information
- For overnight and out of city event, a calling tree in the safety plan ensures full contact.
- To the extent possible, teachers and chaperones have access to cellular phones while on the off-campus events.
AIR QUALITY INDEX
Air quality and the effects of heavily polluted air on children’s health is a serious concern. For that reason, iSC schools’ indoor facilities (classrooms, hallways and areas for indoor sport and play) are closed from outside air and constantly provided with filtered air though our Centralized Air Filtration System. This allows us to continue with classes and sports, even on heavily polluted days. We check the air pollution rate several times each day.
For our outdoor facilities, iSC schools monitor pollution levels on a daily basis. A policy is in place to adjust activities in an attempt to safeguard the health and wellness of our students. This policy applies to outdoor sports as well as outdoor playtime. A summary of our AQI (Air Quality Index) policy:
- AQI 0-150: normal activities
- AQI150-200: reduced-intensity activities
- AQI 200-250: Elementary students indoors; Secondary students have low-intensity activities if outdoors
- AQI > 250: All activities inside
Teachers will immediately pull a student from an activity if he/she shows signs of abnormal respiratory distress, and notify the school nurse for further monitoring.
WHILE ON CAMPUS
The safety and security of our people and the communities in which we operate is critical. We must be vigilant, disciplined, and always looking out for one another. Each of us is a role model for others. Do not enter classrooms unless escorted by a member of staff or by prior arrangement.
If you have any concerns about a child’s behavior or treatment, please contact the main reception as quickly as possible. Report any accident, injury, illness, or unsafe condition immediately. Never assume that someone else has reported or will report a risk or concern. Stop work, your own or others, if you consider it unsafe. Speak up if you observe an unsafe or unhealthy working environment. Listen to others who speak up.
Walk to the nearest stairwell and exit the building. Do not use elevators. Proceed to the track area behind the school. Do not re-enter the building until you are told it is safe to do so.
In case of an emergency requiring a lock-down, locate yourself in a room, and lock the door. Go to an area of the room that is away from the door and away from the windows. Stay until an announcement is made.
IT'S GOOD TO HAVE FRIENDS
As a School, we strive to be appreciated as an active contributor to our local and global community in order to deliver the best possible teaching and learning opportunities for our students. To assist with these goals, we work with a range of partner organizations who provide a variety of services that support our position as an independent school, enhance our curriculum offering, or complement our community engagement programs.
INTERNATIONAL SCHOOLS CONSORTIUM
International School of Wuxi is a part of the International Schools Consortium (iSC) — a nonprofit organization that, since 1986, has offered excellent academic programs to meet the intellectual, physical, and emotional needs of students. iSC has six schools in China — in Chengdu, Qingdao, Wuhan, Wuxi, Tianjin, and Yantai — one school in the UAE, and helps to support various other educational initiatives globally. iSC is a multi-school program, enabling students and teachers to participate in system-wide programs where they can interact with others outside of their immediate school. Students compete in basketball, volleyball and soccer tournaments, as well as music and choral festivals, and Model United Nations (MUN) conventions. In addition to student involvement, all teachers attend iSC’s annual professional development conference to share best practices. The opportunity to be a part of this larger, interconnected community is just one of the many ways in which the
ACCREDITATION & AFFILIATIONS