Beyond the Classroom

A wide range of extra-curricular activities are available – there is something for everyone!


ISA’s art department is dedicated to creative exploration and personal expression.

Students are exposed to an extensive range of art activities including painting, ceramics, printing, drawing, and sculpture. We also provide the opportunity for a variety of tailored activities to encourage students to delve deeper into developing art skills and techniques within an art studio environment.

For our younger students, we have an after school Art Club once a week where students try out activities such as sculpting through the use of Papier Mache and 3D card construction. Older students can also attend art classes after school with a particular focus on developing drawing and observational skills. A dedicated Ceramics Club is also available for those who want to learn more about creating unique artworks by using clay and glazing techniques.

Our IB art students are encouraged to attend the weekly after school Studio Workshops providing one to one tutoring sessions to help advance their practical skills for the IB Visual Arts course.

Performing Arts

Fine arts play a vital role when it comes to enriching children’s learning. ISA firmly believe that through the arts we can inspire young people as well as develop key skills that prepare them for life beyond school.

At ISA, we strive to provide a range of opportunities for students and we are open to new ideas and productions.

Our music department offers a wide range of musical instruments available for private study from very qualified and experienced professional musicians. Our students have the opportunity to complete grade level exams through the ABRSM or Trinity.

We also have an after school jazz band which performs with the curricular jazz band.

Ten Feet Tall Theatre

ISA has put drama firmly centre stage and we are proud to partner with Aberdeen’s Theatre Academy, Ten Feet Tall on film, TV, comedy and acting.

The local Aberdeen theatre school is 100% aligned with our ethos on transferring skills for life and together we believe expression, confidence, imagination, teamwork and creativity are key aspects to the development of all young people.

We are delighted to be supported on our school productions with a team of professional performers who have acted with the likes of ITV, BBC and National Theatre of Scotland.

By collaborating, both ISA and Ten Feet Tall Theatre unlock potential in children. Why can't your child be a film star or comedian? If you want your child to be extraordinary, who better than Ten Feet Tall and where better than ISA.

A little about Ten Feet Tall Theatre

Since 2016, Ten Feet Tall Theatre have produced over 10 professional productions in the North East of Scotland, receiving both local and national acclaim.

Ten Feet Tall Academy believes in offering young people, aged 7-15 opportunities to change their lives through theatre. Students engage in weekly classes in Acting/ Comedy and TV & Film. We take time to work with individual students in order for them to make improvements in their social, interpersonal and performance skills.

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ISA is a founding member of the International Schools Sports Association (ISSA) and affiliated with the Scottish Basketball Association, the Scottish Volleyball Association and the Scottish School’s Football Association, providing our students with a rich variety of sports and levels in which to participate.

The school regularly competes in regional tournaments and local competitions with competitive teams in the following sports:

  • Basketball
  • Volleyball
  • Football
  • Tennis
  • Badminton
  • Golf

Duke of Edinburgh

The Duke of Edinburgh's (DofE) Award is a voluntary, non-competitive programme of activities.

DofE provides young people the opportunity to experience new activities and further develop existing skills. The awards are personalised, achievement focused, achievable by all with balanced education through a focus on the whole person, mind, body, and soul. There are three progressive levels which when successfully completed lead to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Award.

Participants create their own DofE programme by choosing a volunteering, physical and skills activity, going on an expedition and, for Gold, taking part in a residential activity.

At ISA, we encourage participation as the skills and personal attributes that are developed through DofE are recognised by employers, colleges and universities. Participation develops self-confidence, independent thought and action, respect and understanding of others, responsibility, an understanding of personal strengths and weaknesses, teamwork, and communication.

Accredited by

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