The Arts at ISS

Music, Performing and Visual Arts are a valued component of the ISS curriculum for Kindergarten-Grade 12 students. The arts provide wonderful opportunities for expressing emotions. Both independently and as part of a group, ISS students are intellectually, emotionally and physically involved in the creative process.

Students have the opportunity to create, explore and perform music through a varied program:

General music classes (theory, composition, technology, history)
Vocal/choral ensembles
Instrumental (band and strings) ensembles
Music theater (extra-curricular)

Students have the opportunity to create and explore visual arts through a varied program:

Visual Arts program Kindergarten – Grade 9 (required)

Visual Arts in the High School: Art 9/10, IGCSE Art – Grade 10, Diploma Program – Grades 11 and 12

Students have the opportunity to create, explore performing arts through a varied program:

Primary, Middle and High schools all produce musicals and/or dramas each year

Middle School offers a drama exploratory class

High School offers IGCSE drama and IBDP theater arts as demand requires it

Middle and High School attends ISTA (International School Theater Association) workshops


When our students learn the skills and knowledge they need to tap into the richness of the arts, we see the benefits including:

Academic achievement
Greater success in other curriculum areas
New pathways for creative thinking
Improved collaboration
Increased ability to focus
Higher confidence and risk-taking

Our well-rounded fine arts education program puts the ISS values of learning, well-being and community ínto practice and real-life application.