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The School

The International School of Aberdeen (ISA) was founded in 1972 and specialises in offering an internationally recognised co-educational pre-kindergarten through secondary school education for students of all nationalities. ISA's programme of studies has been developed to meet the needs of its student body by utilising the best examples of international curricular models. The International School of Aberdeen is jointly accredited by the Council of International Schools and the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

The school is organised into three sections: Elementary (Pre-school—grade 5), Middle School (grades 6—8) and High School (grades 9—12). With a total population near 355 students, ISA’s student body represents 36 nations. ISA’s teaching staff (from the UK, US, and ten other countries) are university certified and more than half hold advanced degrees. 

ISA moved into a new purpose-built school during the summer of 2010. The main school building is characterised by a large entrance foyer and 'Street' that connects the teaching area with a multi-level Library/Media Centre, a 300 seat theatre, a unique 'Black Box' theatre, cafeteria and sports complex. The two teaching wings consist of 40 general classrooms, five science labs, three computer labs, three performing arts rooms (band, choir & drama), specialist EAL and learning support rooms, two art studios, and numerous offices and meeting rooms.  ISA has recently extended to add on 11 new classrooms and has a remodelled Pre-School. ISA's sporting facilities include two gymnasiums, a fitness suite equipped with a wide range of modern equipment, a multi-purpose room, an 8m 'natural rock' climbing wall and a 25m, six-lane swimming pool. Outside, the school has 2 playgrounds, separate preschool and kindergarten play areas, two FIFA grade, all-weather playing fields, and two tennis courts.

French and Spanish are taught in all grades, and a mother tongue Dutch programme is offered in the Elementary School and grade 6. English as an Additional Language (EAL) is available for students needing support with English as an academic language. The school provides limited specialist assistance for students with mild learning difficulties. Careful admissions analysis of student needs ascertains whether appropriate services can be provided. All students are expected to complete ISA’s regular curriculum; Learning Support and EAL help to accommodate that goal.

Various club, student council, and athletic opportunities are available for students in Elementary School, Middle School, and High School. Field trip opportunities are available within Scotland for students in all grades. Opportunities to travel outside Scotland are available to Middle School and High School students in athletics and vocal or instrumental music. Additionally, High School students have the opportunity to travel to other countries for grade level curriculum-related or community service trips, Model United Nations events, and modern language immersion trips.

Graduation Requirements

All students graduating from the International School of Aberdeen earn an ISA High School Diploma. To earn an ISA High School Diploma, students must earn a minimum of 24 credits in the following areas:

  • English-4

  • Social Studies-3

  • Mathematics-3

  • Science-3

  • Modern Language-2

  • Fine/Performing Arts-1

  • Computers-1 (or proven competency)

  • Physical Education-2 (to include 0.5 Health)

  • Electives-5

The majority of ISA High School students take four years of mathematics, science and social studies, and three to four years of a single foreign language to meet the standards of many colleges and universities. ISA graduates are prepared to enter colleges and universities and each year over 95% elect to do so.

In addition to earning the ISA High School Diploma, students may enrol in the International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme. The IB Diploma Programme offers students a rigorous curriculum and opportunities for advanced research in grades 11 and 12, as well as Community, Activity, and Service expectations (CAS). It is recognized world-wide as the most challenging high school course of study, preparing students for success at the university level. At ISA, students may participate in the IB Diploma Programme or choose to take individual IB courses and sit exams for certificates in those subjects.

Grading Scale & Weighting

Numerical Grade

Letter Grade

Grade Point Average

93 - 100



90 - 92



87 - 89



83 - 86



80 - 82



77 - 79



73 - 76



70 - 72



67 - 69



63 - 66



60 - 62



0 - 59



Weighting of Grades and Class Rank

An ISA student’s MS/HS transcript includes only courses and grades earned at The International School of Aberdeen. High School grades earned at ISA are included in the Grade Point Average, with IB courses weighted +0.5 in calculation of the cumulative GPA.

Due to the nature of our school, the mobility of our student body, and small class sizes, ISA does not compute or report class rank.

University Matriculations (2011-2016)


    British Columbia, University of Lakehead University
    Queen's University (2)
    St Mary's University
    University of Alberta
    University of Toronto (2)
    University of Victoria (2)


    Esbjerg Teachers' College


    Delft University of Technology
    University College Maastricht
    Utrecht University College


    IE University
    Instituto Europeo di Design - Madrid Campus
    Barcelona Business School


    Aberdeen College (6)
    Aberdeen, University of (2)
    Aberystwyth University
    Bath, University of
    Cardiff University (2)
    De Montfort University
    Dundee, University of (2)
    East Anglia University 
    Edinburgh Napier University (4)
    Edinburgh, University of (3)
    Exeter, University of (2)
    Glasgow, University of (8)
    Heriot-Watt University (8)
    Highlands and Islands, University of (3)
    Hull York Medical School
    Imperial College London (2)
    Kingston University
    Leicester, University of
    Liverpool, University of
    London School of Economics and Political Science
    Loughborough University
    Manchester, University of
    Newcastle University
    Northumbria University
    Regent's University London (3)
    Richmond The American Intl College London (3)
    Robert Gordon University
    Southhampton, University of (2)
    St Andrews, University of (4)
    Stirling, University of
    Strathclyde, University of
    Sussex, University of
    Warwick, University of
    West of Scotland, University of
    York, University of
    York St John University


    Baylor University (2)
    Boston University
    Colorado at Boulder, University of (3)
    Colorado School of Mines (3)
    Columbia College Chicago
    Cornell College
    Cottey College
    Denver, University of
    Elon University
    Florida Atlantic University
    George Washington University
    Georgia Institute of Technology
    Houston Community College
    Illinois Urbana-Champaign, University of
    Iowa State University
    Lone Star College - North Harris
    Louisiana State University
    Loyola University Chicago
    Minnestoa State University, Moorhead
    North Texas, University of
    Oregon, University of (2)
    Pennsylvania State University
    Pennsylvania State University
    Rider University
    Santa Clara University
    Southern California, University of
    Tarleton State University (2)
    Texas, Austin, University of (4)
    Texas, San Antonio, University of (3)
    Texas, Tyler, University of
    Texas A & M University (4)
    Texas State University (2)
    Texas Tech University (3)
    Virginia, University of
    Western Washington University
    Wyoming, University of

Accredited by

International Baccalaureate Council of International Schools Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Cambridge International Examinations CNED