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International School of Islamabad
PYP/Adapted curriculum/IB Diploma; ages 4-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit
Currently, student numbers are down due to the restriction of many international companies and diplomatic services on spouses and dependents. ISOI has a long history of taking in children from many different nationalities, language levels, abilities and schooling experience. The general philosophy is very much on the child and on getting each child settled; staff include an Elementary counselor and a High school counselor. The facilities at ISOI are excellent and non-academic areas are well endowed. Many of the ex-pat staff have stayed in spite of the current climate. Accredited by the Middle States Association (MSA).
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