At ISM, we work hard to obtain internationally recognised accreditations and awards. ISM is a registered IB World School and Cambridge International Examinations Centre, and we are accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and as an Athlete Friendly Education Centre (AFEC) by the World Academy of Sport, in addition to being a member of ECIS.
Here are further details of the awards and accreditations we are proud to have achieved.
Council of International Schools (CIS)
CIS accreditation is recognised worldwide by ministries, departments of education and universities as evidence of the school’s high quality international education. CIS accreditation shows that ISM has achieved high standards of performance in international education and that the school is devoted to its Mission and Vision for students, as set out in its Guiding Statements.
In January 2024, ISM was thrilled to receive official re-accreditation from the Council of International Schools (CIS), the premier international accrediting organisation worldwide.
The CIS re-accreditation report highlights impressive achievements, with every international standard met and 66% of standards rated as “exceeded”. ISM is also proud to have received 84 commendations.
The report underscores ISM’s strengths, including:
- A robust and inclusive approach to well-being, safeguarding, and child protection
- A talented and hard-working Board prioritising the quality of learning and teaching
- A professional and committed senior leadership team always prepared to go the extra mile
- A highly dedicated staff placing student needs at the forefront
- A passionate PTA committed to developing a strong parent community focused on creating inclusive opportunities for students
- A positive work environment valuing trust, openness, and respect among stakeholders
- A well-developed strategic planning process aligned with guiding statements and responsive to community feedback
We invite you to view the outcome letter, accreditation certificate and full report below:
We congratulate all members of our outstanding community on this prestigious accomplishment, and we look forward to continuing our journey of providing world-class international education with distinction and fostering a nurturing environment for all our students!
The Cambridge International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) is the most popular international qualification for 14- to 16-year-olds and is recognised by universities and employers worldwide. ISM offers the IGCSE curriculum in Years 10 and 11, with programmes that stretch, challenge and inspire our students.
International Baccalaureate (IB)
ISM is an IB World School and offers both the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (DP) and Career-related Programme (CP) to students aged 16-19. Being an IB World School means that ISM has demonstrated a commitment to meeting the standards, practices and requirements as stipulated by the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO).
As part of the IBCP pathway which has a three-part educational framework, students complete a career-related studies (CRS) component. At ISM, students complete their CRS component by earning a Pearson BTEC International Level 3 Diploma, a career-focused qualification recognised by employers and universities worldwide.
ISM also has official IB candidacy status for the IB Primary Years Programme and the IB Middle Years Programme.
Athlete Friendly Education Centre (AFEC)
ISM is an AFEC accredited school recognised by the World Academy of Sport (WAoS). Schools awarded this accreditation have shown competence in many areas, including exhibiting quality education and sporting infrastructure as well as possessing a pastoral care policy that takes into account the demanding schedules of student-athletes to better combine their education with their sporting career.
The AFEC accreditation allows student-athletes at accredited schools additional flexibility and support to complete their high school curriculum. These advantages for ISM students include adapted timetables according to sporting schedules, the availability of distance learning, as well as academic, safeguarding, counselling and wellbeing support. As an official partner with IB World Schools, among other networks, AFEC status also gives recognised student-athletes the opportunity to complete the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) or International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme (IBCP) over a 3-year period instead of 2 years. Further support provided to students at AFEC schools includes webinars, the possibility to obtain a WAoS Athlete Certificate, and Q&A panels with Olympians, and empowerment coaching with Olympians.
Education Collaborative for International Schools (ECIS)
ISM is a proud member of ECIS, an organisation supporting schools in teacher and leadership development, governance and risk. As an ECIS member, the ISM community has access to conferences, awards and services that support our Mission and educational growth.
Top school ranking by Carfax Education
ISM is proud to have been named as one of the Top 15 Schools in Europe (excluding Switzerland) and among the best 125 private schools internationally in the 2023 Schools Index compiled by Carfax Education, the leading international index of the best private boarding and day schools from different regions across the globe. Schools are selected by a panel of education experts led by Carfax Education, with consultants on the ground across the world, according to a variety of criteria including academic results and preparation for university entry as well as their unique ethos, their reputation both locally and internationally, and how they prepare students for life beyond academia.
To view a news report by TVMonaco featuring ISM’s ranking in the 2023 Schools Index, please click below:
To view a news report by Monaco Info featuring ISM’s ranking in the 2023 Schools Index, please click below:
To view several recent publications in local media about this ranking, please click below: