Our History

International School of Brooklyn (ISB) was founded in 2005 to create an intimate and multicultural setting with a balanced and challenging academic program.

The story of ISB began in 2003, when a group of committed parents met and together set in motion the process of creating an independent language immersion school. In September 2004, ISB received its operational charter from the New York State Department of Education and spent the 2004-2005 school year piloting language immersion playgroups in Park Slope, Cobble Hill, and Brooklyn Heights, laying the foundation for the preschool opening.

In September 2005, ISB launched its preschool program in Park Slope with 16 students in its inaugural class. In less than two years, ISB had expanded to 65 students in Nursery through 1st Grade, necessitating a move to a larger facility in Prospect Heights.

ISB continued to grow through 3rd Grade at this location, and in September 2010, ISB moved into its current location in Carroll Gardens. 370 students are currently enrolled in ISB’s Pre-K 3-8th Grade program.

ISB’s First Common Read

This year, Librarian Maria Falgoust and MYP Coordinator and Middle School Language & Literature Teacher Katie Rogers teamed up to introduce the idea of a “common read” to the entire Middle School student body, as well as ISB’s faculty and staff. Over the summer, all chose to read either We are Displaced: My Journey and Stories from Refugee Girls Around the World by Malala Yousafzai or Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah

Adventures in Guadeloupe with the 7th Grade French Language Acquisition Class

This year, the French Language Acquisition class traveled to the French islands of Guadeloupe for the first time in ISB history! While visiting this beautiful archipelago, students attended language classes, stayed with host families, and went on incredible local excursions for an unforgettable French immersion experience.

Literature, Life, and the Love of Reading in the Learning Commons

By Jasmine Chu, Sophie Amieva, and Regan Penaluna, Library Committee Co-Chairs Everyone loves to linger in the ISB Library! Preschoolers cuddle up in the morning with their parents and a good book. Lower Schoolers gather to do homework or unwind on the bean bag chairs. Middle Schoolers collaborate on group projects. Students especially adore adore

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