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The International School of Indiana

The International School of Indiana provides students with a world-class education that prepares them to be responsible citizens and effective leaders in a rapidly globalizing and interdependent world. We strive for our students to embody the IB Learner Profile, and these traits are ingrained in the academic and social fabric of our school community.


  • Balanced life-long learners and critical thinkers.
  • Creative and collaborative problem solvers able to apply knowledge across disciplines and complex issues.
  • Effective communicators in multiple languages that work across linguistic and cultural boundaries.
  • Individuals who value differences and are concerned for the well-being of others.
  • Thoughtful stewards of the Earth’s resources.
  • Committed to demonstrating respect, responsibility, and effort.

General Info:

Address: 4330 N Michigan Rd, Indianapolis
Phone: (317) 989-1662

In August 2022, the doors open to our all-new Chen Family Lower School.

Q&A with International School of Indiana:

What makes the International School unique?

International School of Indiana (ISI) offers an experience students won’t find anywhere else in Indiana, a dynamic framework in which to understand other cultures and perspectives. ISI is the state’s only school offering all enrolled students, age 3 – Grade 12, access to certified full-continuum International Baccalaureate (IB) programming. ISI is the only school in the Midwest offering full language immersion for Lower School Students, preschool through Grade 5, in French, Mandarin, and Spanish. ISI is also the only school founded to play a vital role in Indiana’s increasingly global business community by supporting the recruitment of top international professional talent and promoting the value of internationalism.

What is the International School’s age/grade range?

The International School of Indiana serves students ages 3 to grade 12.

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What is your enrollment policy? Are there any key dates parents should be aware of?

Key Admissions Dates
NOVEMBER 1: Admissions Application Deadline Priority Status
NOVEMBER 15: Upper School Scholarship Application Deadline Priority Status
DECEMBER 15: Admissions Decision Notification Priority Status
JANUARY 15: Financial Aid (SSS) Deadline Priority Status
FEBRUARY 1: Financial Aid Notification Priority Status
MARCH 1: Enrollment Contract Deadline Priority Status Enrollment Deposit Due

* Applications will be reviewed and decisions will be released on a rolling basis for both admissions and financial aid if completed after the priority status deadlines.

Do you offer financial assistance?

ISI believes that educational excellence stems from an exposure to a variety of perspectives including socioeconomic, ethnic, and geographic, as well as that an investment in the future of a child is an investment in our community. In a typical school year, financial aid is awarded to approximately 40% of our students, averaging $10,000 of support per student. All awards are based solely on demonstrated financial need.

Merit Scholarships are given to recognize students who have outstanding academic performance. The award is available for freshman students and is renewable for the following three years. In addition, ISI is a Choice Eligible School and offers Choice Scholarships to students who meet the financial criteria.

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What are the standard school day hours?

Lower School begins at 8:15 a.m. and concludes at 3 p.m. Upper School begins at 8 a.m. and concludes at 3:35 p.m.

Does the International School offer before/after school care? Does the International School offer afterschool activities?

The drop-off period for A.M. child care begins at 7:00 a.m. Families enrolled in P.M. child care must pick up their students by 6:00 p.m. A variety of after-school Enrichment Programs are offered for Lower School students and the programs typically conclude before 6:00 p.m. Upper School students are welcome to campus outside of normal school hours for an array of enrichment, arts, and sports programs that extend into the evening and that meet on weekends, too.

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Is there a uniform or dress code?

All ISI students 3 years old through grade 8 are required to wear uniforms. Students in Grades 9-12 do not wear a uniform but are required to adhere to a dress code.

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How many children attend the school? How many students are in the average classroom?

Currently, our enrollment is 500, and the average class size ranges from 12-14 students.

Does the International School have a homework policy?

We believe young children should be given time for free play and interactive play with siblings and parents. We encourage reading at home in the child’s mother tongue to develop strong language skills but there is no formal Homework for Pre-Elementary students.

Elementary Homework tasks are intended to complement the learning taking place at school, while also respecting the school’s belief that activities such as sport, cultural pursuits, unstructured play, and rest are all an important part of a child’s development.
In the Upper School Homework is a necessary adjunct to classroom teaching, and all students can expect to receive homework on a regular basis. Homework is intended to reinforce work covered in class and to help students develop important habits of self-discipline, organization, and self-reliance. The aim of the ISI homework policy is to ensure that it truly supports our students’ academic progress while helping them maintain reasonable balance, and to give additional guidance to our teachers as members of a team of educators responsible for the whole child.

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Does the International School offer support for students with special needs?

ISI Student Support Services (SSS) works with students to identify and reach academic, social, and emotional goals through collaboration between students, their teachers, and families.

Our SSS process is modeled on a research-based method of academic support commonly used throughout the United States. Through the multi-tiered process, ISI’s team of educators use their cumulative expertise to help meet students’ unique needs – from their academic performance to their social interactions to their linguistic confidence and their health, well-being, and identity. The focus of SSS is to provide successful strategies and resources that directly support students’ learning and achievement in the regular classroom environment from class to class and year to year.

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What specialty classes / extracurricular activities does the International School offer (gym, art, language, sports etc.)?

ISI is the only school offering immersion and dual language programs in French, Mandarin, Spanish, and English for all students. The focus is on developing fluency in speaking, reading, writing and understanding, so students can actively participate in their target language. While language learning is a big part of who we are, there are no language prerequisites required at any age.

During the school day, Lower School students spend time in art, gym, and music. After the school day concludes, students may opt into enrichment programs, scheduled extracurricular classes that allow students to try a wide range of programs including various art classes, athletics, music lessons, and STEM-based activities.

Similarly, Upper School students are exposed to, and may continue coursework in, Music, Theatre, Visual Art, Design (Digital and Product), and Physical and Health Education. Upper School students also benefit from X-block, the final class period of the day, during which most clubs and activities meet. After the school day concludes, students may choose from over 20 sports teams and 50 clubs/groups and arts that require student participation outside the school day.

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What are the International School’s safety policies?

At the International School of Indiana we seek to provide an education that values mutual respect, intercultural understanding and the attributes of the IB Learner Profile. In achieving this objective, the ISI faculty and staff work together to create and maintain a safe and supportive environment that promotes lifelong learning. In addition, a myriad of safety protocols exist and are executed according to our upper and lower school handbook and emergency procedures.

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What extra safety measures is the International School taking during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Now in our third academic year affected by COVID-19, we have carefully planned an educational experience that allows us to focus on our hands-on IB learning model while keeping safety measures in place. You can read more about how we maintain COVID-Ready Campuses and our approach to the 2021-2022 school year at:

Who should parents contact for more information about the International School?

For more information, parents may contact the International School of Indiana’s Office of Admissions at [email protected] or 317-923-1951 x334.

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