Philosophy

The International School of Athens is an academic community of students, faculty and parents united in a philosophy dedicated to fostering in all of its students a love of learning, self-discipline, self-knowledge, and true commitment to international understanding.  The community upholds the belief that what a school chooses to teach is reflected in its regard for its human relationships, in its appreciation of cultural diversity and the manner in which it interacts with all of its members, complemented by the triangular bond between parents, students and school.  The community is proud of its “sense of family” and the friendships and camaraderie that it inspires.

The curriculum is broad-based and flexible.  Students develop the skills and knowledge to enable them to cope with a demanding and complex world.  A highly qualified and dedicated faculty caters to the individual needs of each student and contributes to a learning environment which stimulates personal, intellectual, artistic, social and physical development.  The close interaction of all members of the ISA community effectively encourages the students to achieve high personal standards of academic success, maximizes each student’s potential and contributes to his or her total educational experience.


Furthermore, we adhere to the IBO philosophy, endeavouring to develop the individual talents of young people and teach them to relate the experience of the classroom to the realities of the world outside.  Beyond intellectual rigour and high academic standards, strong emphasis is placed on the ideas of international understanding and responsible citizenship, to enable ISA students to become critical and compassionate thinkers, lifelong learners and informed participants in local and world affairs, conscious of the shared humanity that binds all people together while respecting the variety of cultures and attitudes that makes for the richness of life.