With its diverse student body and ties to the United Nations, this school offers an inclusive learning environment.
What makes the school unique: “We have approximately 123 countries represented in the student body and approximately 90 home languages that are spoken,” Dr. Brenner shares. UNIS itself offers instruction in French, Spanish, German, Mandarin, Japanese, Arabic, Italian, and Russian. “This gives kind of a flavor of what distinguishes us,” Dr. Brenner says. Students also enjoy top-notch amenities, including an athletic facility and open-space playground on the rooftop.
In addition, the school enjoys a close relationship with the U.N. The U.N. Secretary General formally appoints UNIS’ board of trustees, and graduation is held in the general assembly hall of the U.N. Parents, too, are intimately involved in the school. Better than half of all trustee positions are held by mothers and fathers of students, and parent coordinators—which are a function of the parent association—coordinate with the division heads (aka principals) of each of UNIS’ schools. “Parents are the fabric of the school,” Dr. Brenner says.
Photo caption: United Nations International School students celebrate Global Day of Play
Photo credit: Island Photography