As one can see from the ISA Mission Statement and Values Statement, ISA values social responsibility, global thinking and service as much as our challenging academic programme. We provide our students with opportunities to engage in these values in various ways throughout the school year.
Our parents report in our annual survey that over 70% of our students aged 5-18 years are involved in two or more service opportunities each year. Another 14% report doing at least one service activity and approximately 30% of our students are involved in four or more service activities each school year.
We want our students to engage with our local community and broader global community.
As you read on, you will find examples of how we strive to meet our mission and values through tuition assistance, service and sharing of our facilities.
The School offers a limited number of places for Financial Support for Standard Rate Tuition Fees.
Financial Support for Tuition Fees is available at ISA for those self-paying families with a student in Kindergarten through to Grade 12 who is academically eligible for admission to the school. Financial Support is not available on the Discounted Tuition Fee nor does it apply to Pre-School tuition.
Eligibility for Financial Support is determined by the following criteria:
The family’s ability to afford the Tuition Fees as assessed by the School Finance Committee
Student will bring exemplary academic work to ISA
student will contribute to the positive social climate of ISA
Support is awarded on an annual basis; the student’s standing at school together with continuing need is considered by the Committee in determining the renewal of assistance.
Prospective International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma students may apply for an IB Scholarship to cover 100% of the Tuition Fees in grades 11 and 12.
Award of this Scholarship is determined by the following criteria:
student will bring exemplary academic work to the IB Programme
student will contribute to the positive social climate of ISA
interview with the IB Scholarship Committee
The award of this Scholarship is not dependent upon financial need. It is awarded for the full two year programme, but reviewed after one year. The student must bring exemplary academic work to the IB Programme and show good citizenship in order to retain the Scholarship.
FY2011/2012: Total Enrolment (K – G12) 457 pupils
74 Discounted Rate, 29 Financial Support, 6 IB
FY2012/2013: Total Enrolment (K – G12) 466 pupils
66 Discounted Rate, 22 Financial Support, 8 IB
A Discounted, Non-Means Tested Rate was introduced in 2010 for self-paying families. This has proved very successful and has allowed many families access to the school, who may not otherwise have been able to send their children to ISA.
One of the ISA Values statements reads: "We strive to instil a sense of responsibility to our school, local, and global communities."
Community service is a very important component of the educational programme for all ISA students, from Kindergarten to Grade 12, and is modelled by the entire ISA Community. This service takes many forms: from our Grade 2 students paying monthly visits to the residents of a local care home to our Middle School students clearing litter from the Deeside railway path, our grade 11 service trip to Morocco, our Parent Teacher Organisation raising funds for the ARI Neurological Unit to the School hosting a Royal Marine Band concert to raise funds for the 'Combat Stress' Appeal.
Recent charities and causes supported by the ISA Community:
The Archie Foundation (Aberdeen Children's Hospital)
Aberdeen Royal Infirmary Neurological Unit
Kincorth Xmas Club Aberdeen City Council
Deeside Walkway Middle School Clean Up
Scottish Love in Action
BBC Children in Need
UK Aids Trust
Red Nose Day
JDRF Diabetes Research UK
Cyrenian Homeless Sleepout
Ovarian Cancer Research
Marie Curie Breast Cancer Fund
Breakthrough Breast Cancer
Macmillan Support World’s Biggest Coffee Morning
Médecins sans Frontiéres
The Sandpiper Trust
The Parent Teacher Organization was proud to donate 10,000 pounds raised from its November 2011 annual Gala Ball to the ARI neurological unit.
The Grade Two students of ISA have been visiting Fergus House Care Home for over ten years, where they enjoy reading, singing and interacting with the residents. We were extremely proud to receive an Age Concern award in 2004, presented by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II.
ISA has also been very proud to host the Royal Marine Band concert in our theatre for the last two years to raise funds for the Combat Stress Appeal.
We are pleased to provide pool time on a weekly basis to the Royal Aberdeen Children's Hospital.
They send approximately eight to ten families every week, with children who are either disabled or suffering from cancer.
The International School is committed to being a good community member in the broader Aberdeen community. We are proud of the fact our facilities are used not just by the ISA community but by hundreds of children and adults who do not attend ISA. Our facilities are regularly hired or given out free of charge to clubs or groups, especially for fine arts and sport.
ISA sports teams routinely compete against local teams in various sports. Local teams are also routinely invited to participate at ISA in local and international tournaments.
The Association for Music in International Schools (AMIS) has routinely chosen ISA as a venue, with music students from around the world participating.
Groups that have used or regularly use ISA facilities include:
Aberdeen Amateur Swim Club (AASC)
St. Margarets School
SASA North District
Grampian Police Pipe Band
Aberdeen Chamber Orchestra
Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music
Marathi Mandal Aberdeen
Adagio Ballet Academy
Granite City Grizzlies
National Karate Institute
Aberdeen City Fencing Club
Aberdeen Learn to Swim
Activity Mix Ltd
The Aberdeen Amateur Swim Club has used our pool since the pool opened in 2010 and has about 750 swimmers every week. Their staff works closely and cooperatively with our ISA staff, often taking part in the same training for safety, coaching and pool operations.
The Aberdeen Karate Festival has been held at ISA over the last two years and is scheduled again for this year.
ISA has regularly participated in Aberdeen's "Doors Open Day," with hundreds of visitors touring our facilities over the last two years.
The school has also been delighted to accept requests from local business and charitable groups such as the Chamber of Commerce' Rotary, Probus Ladies and SCDI to be the venue for their monthly meetings or AGM.