Aberdeen International School celebrates its golden anniversary

Celebrations marking the 50th anniversary of the International School Aberdeen (ISA) have begun.

Founded in 1972, ISA, formerly known as The American School, opened with 36 K-12 students.

Celebrations marking the school’s golden anniversary began on Friday with a showcase of music and dance inspired by the 1970s.

The ISA Jazz Band played and the students were treated to a Highland dance performance.

There was also a special video message from former ISA student and Baltimore Ravens NFL star David Ojabo.

Other events planned to mark the ISA’s 50th anniversary year include an exhibit showcasing the school’s five decades, a time capsule burial, and a plaque to be unveiled.

A nod to the past with an eye to the future

ISA school principal Nick Little said everyone at the North Deeside Road establishment would join in the celebrations.

He said the school is a “gateway” to the world for its students.

Mr Little said: “It is great to feel the excitement building within the school and to see our whole school community coming together to help commemorate this very special occasion, it is wonderful.

“ISA embodies the essence of an international school as a gateway to the world, but as a school community we are immensely proud of our local roots and heritage in the Granite City.

“As we honor the past 50 years at Aberdeen, we also look to the future as we continue to thrive on our beautiful campus, maintaining a holistic approach to education and embracing teaching and learning methods. contemporary learning.”

“ISA is such a special place. We are more than a school – we are a community. I am grateful for the role I have played over the past four years in helping lead the school and shaping our students into confident learners and active global citizens.

Nick Little, principal of the ISA school. Photo by Wullie Marr.

Tribute to school staff

Mr Little said the ISA would not stand still and teaching at the school was of a high standard.

He said working alongside current teaching staff is “inspiring.”

Mr Little said: ‘Since the first day of school 50 years ago, we have continued to adapt and evolve with the times.

“Yet one thing that endures is our quality of teaching and our commitment to providing exceptional care for every child. Student welfare is at the heart of everything the ISA stands for.

“It is inspiring to have the opportunity to work alongside a talented team of dedicated employees, who continue to go above and beyond to ensure our students are safe and happy at ISA.

“ISA is such a special place. We are more than a school – we are a community. I am grateful for the role I have played over the past four years in helping lead the school and shaping our students into confident learners and active global citizens.

International School Aberdeen celebrates its 50th anniversary. Photo by Wullie Marr.

ISA through the years

The ISA was originally based in a former convalescent hospital in Cults.

Another property in Milltimber was purchased in 1980 to house the primary school.

Following construction work, the entire school moved under one roof to Milltimber in 1996.

The school changed its name to International School Aberdeen to reflect the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma program which was introduced the same year.

At that time, the ISA was the only school in Scotland to offer the IB Diploma to its senior pupils.

A final move took place in August 2010 when the ISA moved to a purpose-built campus at Pitfodels House, where it remains to this day.

The campus includes a 25m swimming pool, a climbing wall, five science labs, three performing arts studios, and a 300-seat theater and sports complex.

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