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History of the School


1963 - ISH was founded as a British Preparatory School.

1973 - The school moved to Espoo and became known as the British School.

1976 – School moved to Töölö in Helsinki, shared facilities with the Topelius school and was renamed the International School of Helsinki.

1982 - The school moved again and expanded to offer grades 7 through 9 as well as kindergarten through grade 6.


1985 - The school was accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and the Council of International Schools (CIS).


1990 - The school moved to Kulosaari (Helsinki) and added grade 10. The Five-Year Report for accreditation was completed.

1992 - Grades 11 and 12 were added and the IB Diploma Programme was introduced.

1995 - Self-study for re-accreditation was completed.

1996 - The school’s facilities were moved to its present site in Ruoholahti (Helsinki). The decision was made to adopt the PYP and MYP. The next Five-Year Report for accreditation was completed. ISH adopted its first strategic plan.

2003 - ISH was authorized to offer the PYP.

2004 - ISH was authorized to offer the MYP.

2005 - The self-study for re-accreditation was completed.

2006 - ISH was fully re-accredited.

2007 - The PYP self-study report was completed. The school began its MYP self-study report.

2008 - ISH was reauthorized for the PYP. The MYP self-study report was submitted.

2009 - The self-study for re-accreditation was completed.

2010 - ISH was fully re-accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS).

2013 - ISH celebrates its 50th Anniversary!

2014 - ISH is re-accreditated and re-authorised for ten years by the IBO, CIS and NEASC


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