The International School Of Minnesota

The International School of Minnesota seeks to provide a competitive, fun atmosphere for all of our student athletic participants.
The International School of Minnesota seeks to provide a competitive, fun atmosphere for all of our student athletic participants.
We are home to a premier Early Childhood Education (ECE) program that welcomes children starting at the age of 3. We provide full-day and half-day options for Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten and full-day Kindergarten.
ISM's Performing Arts department is committed to helping students discover and develop their unique abilities, to gain self-confidence and poise, to experience the joy that comes from the creative process and to create memories that will remain with them throughout their lives.  ISM offers band, strings, PAC rats theater, All School Musical, Show Choir, Concert Choir and more.
Starting in Grade 9 and continuing to graduation, ISM's College Counseling Program is a highly personalized roadmap. Students are guided through self-exploration, investigation and research, the all-important application/interview process, and even transition planning for college.
Our students in grades 1 through 5 are valued  as members of a culturally diverse and inclusive community and as participants in our community of learners. They enjoy a special sense of belonging that helps them move fluidly through critical periods of development, free from many of the stressors in the larger culture. ISM students grow and learn in a supportive yet academically challenging environment that establishes a basic foundation in preparation for higher learning.
Starting in Preschool and continuing until graduation, students at the International School of Minnesota in Eden Prairie (ISM) are steeped in English, math, science, world languages and cultures, social studies, fine arts, music, and physical education. In keeping with our global orientation, our students receive daily instruction in world languages taught by native speakers.
Visual Arts is just as important as the rest of the curriculum.  From general art classes to AP Studio Art, through print and paint, students can express themselves through their art.
The International School of Minnesota is located on 55 wooded, lake-front acres in Eden Prairie, Minnesota
The focus of the ISM Upper School is on preparation for success in college and in life.  Abstract reasoning and critical thinking skills are emphasized in all disciplines. Our classes include a broad base of traditional academic subjects and reflect the knowledge that college requires.
At The International School of Minnesota, our students also learn from each other as part of a proprietary model called SABIS Student Life Organization® (SLO®).  This vibrant part of ISM recognizes and develops leadership qualities of all students in the context of their individuality.
SLO® is so much more than a traditional 'Student Council'. This distinctive organization stretches across the breadth of the school, through academics and activities, starting in 6th  grade. There’s a place for everyone within eight different departments and each student selects where to participate.
  • The International School of Minnesota, ISM, is a private, non-sectarian, college prep school for Preschool (age 3) to Grade 12. In addition to a rigorous curriculum, students experience an international learning community where cultural diversity is embraced and celebrated. World language is taught daily by native speakers. Extended day available 7am to 6pm. Weekly swimming lessons included for Preschool to Grade 3. Rolling admissions. Come for a tour!.

Upcoming Events and News

  • ISM Students Qualified to Compete at Equestrian Championship Competition - 10/13/2017 - Sports play an important role in life at ISM. We would like to recognize two students who have risen to the top of their sports. 
  • Mrs. Schiller Named AGS Geography Teacher Fellow - 10/01/2017 - The American Geographical Society has named Kimberly Schiller of The International School of Minnesota as a 2017 AGS Geography Teacher Fellow
  • ISM Students Hit The Road To See Total Eclipse - 08/28/2017 - International School of Minnesota students and their science teacher hit the road to see the total eclipse of the sun somewhere either in Nebrasks or Wyoming, depending on cloud cover. They left Sunday night and will return Monday night. A 24 hour road trip wi...more

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools
National Council for Private School Accreditation
Accreditation International
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Nursery/Preschool-12
Year Founded1985

Student Body

Total Students297 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 18%
Students by GradeThe International School Of Minnesota Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers41 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio7:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size18 students
Number of AP Courses19 courses
Advanced CoursesArt History, Biology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chinese Language & Culture, Computer Science A, English Language & Literature, English Literature & Composition, European History, French Language & Culture, Government & Politics (U.S.), Human Geography, Music Theory, Physics B, Physics C, Spanish Language, Spanish Literature & Culture, Statistics, Studio Art (Drawing)
Average SAT score1185
Average ACT score26
Classroom Dress CodeFormal
(Dress code required)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$19,000
Tuition NotesAlthough ISM's tuition ranges from $12,550 to $20,450, this is less than other private schools around the area. We are committed to attracting and retaining the highest quality faculty, maintaining top notch facilities and providing a rich curriculum
% on Financial Aid
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorJoelle Charbel
Admissions AssociateHortense Dupin


Total Sports Offered11 sports
SportsBadminton, Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Ultimate Frisbee, VolleyballBadmintonBaseball,
BasketballCross Country,
Track and FieldUltimate Frisbee,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.6 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Math League, Robotics Club

Arts and Music Programs:
Band, Choir/Show Choir

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Club Swimming (Foxjets), Husky Snow Clu

School Notes

  • Since 1985, ISM has been committed to providing the highest quality education to all our students to help them reach their full potential and become compassionate world citizens prepared to compete in a global economy. Our students come from the local community and around the world and share a variety of interests and global perspectives. They are talented, motivated and actively involved in their school community through academics, activities, athletics, and our Student Life Organization. 
  • Nestled in a beautiful, wooded area in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, our 55-acre campus (and new boarding hall) provides a safe home-away-from-home where students can grow and learn. There`s a special sense of belonging at ISM that you can feel as soon as you arrive.We welcome everyone interested in our programs and community to visit our beautiful campus.
  • Our admissions is non-selective and we have open enrollment so you can apply year-around! 
  • To schedule a visit, please call us.
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