Our Mission & Vision
ISB is more than a school. It is more than a record of outstanding achievement in academics, arts, and athletics. It is more than a place where traditions are valued and innovation is embraced. It is an extraordinary learning community, bringing together over 1500 students from 70 countries, around an ambitious Mission of inclusion, challenge and success.
The ISB learning experience is shaped by a spirit of community, characterised by students, parents, faculty and staff working together to achieve our goal of developing independent learners and international citizens.
School Accreditation and Recognition
Since 1980, ISB has been accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and by the Council of International Schools.
In a major recent study conducted by NAIS, ISB was selected from thousands of candidates as one of six ‘Schools of the Future’ and praised for its outstanding integration of tradition and innovation.
ISB has a strong reputation for stability and for being a school that has been capably governed and well led over a substantial period of time. This reputation is more than justified in terms of some objective features, such as board continuity, head of school leadership, and enrollment trends.
(A Guide to Becoming a School of the Future, National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) Commission on Accreditation)
Established in 1951 as a not-for-profit organisation, ISB is the oldest international school in Belgium. Our long history of success is underpinned by decades of continuity of governance and leadership. Our governance structure, a tradition of strong relationship between the Board of Trustees and the school’s Leadership, as well as a willingness regularly to gather feedback on how well we are doing as a school has ensured continuous progress towards a shared vision and resilience in the face of short term challenges.
The Board of Trustees is a policy-making body concerned with the effective management of resources and the provision of facilities at ISB, as well as establishing and maintaining good relations with the local and larger community.
The Board of Trustees
Ex-officio Members of the Board of Trustees
Lee Fertig - ISB Director
Mark McGowan - Faculty Member from the Works Council
Ms. Becky Kearns - Family Association President
The school is also honored by the support of Honorary Trustees. These are individuals who have given extraordinary service to ISB, usually, but not necessarily, as Trustees and who wish to maintain an active, long-term relationship with the school.
Jonas af Jochnick • Scott Alcott • Richard Burnett • Claudia Coory • Estela Dengler-Gaitan • Pierre Hochuli • John Hudson • Henry Johnson • Ray Kubis • Bernard McFadden • Eric Osterweil • James Rosenstein • William Seddon-Brown • André Teixeira
Each year the ISB Board Chair recognises outstanding contributions to the school.
The Leadership Team
The ISB Director is currently Lee Fertig.
The Director is responsible to the Board of Trustees for all aspects of school life, including the implementation of the school’s Mission and improvement plans. He is supported by a strong team of heads and directors, each with strategic responsibility for different areas of school life. They make up the Learning Leadership Team.
Félim Bolster - Head of High School
Mike Crowley - Assistant Director and Head of Middle School
Gordon Eldridge - Director of Curriculum
MJ Farris - Assistant Head of Middle School and Head of Educational Technology
Stephen Kotanen - Assistant Head of High School
Christopher Leakey - Assistant Head of Elementary School
Sasha Marshall - Head of Early Childhood Centre
Kristen Pelletier - Head of Learning Support
Lee Rosky - Director of Athletics & Activities
Bernard Sergant - Director of Human Resources
Loretta Stanley - Assistant Head of Early Childhood Centre
Doug Stone - Director of Operations
Francis Trappeniers - Director of Finance
David Willows - Director of Admissions & Advancement
Anna Zeiders - Head of Elementary School
Learning Through Feedback
We are always looking to enhance the quality of the learning experience at ISB. Feedback, both internal and external, is a critical part of this improvement process.
The Strategic Plan
Discover more about our strategic plan - what we've achieved and what we've yet to do.
Through many years of sound governance and careful financial management, we have steadily built the reserves we need to achieve our long term goals.
In recent years, it has become apparent to us that, to complement these reserves and achieve our goals, we will increasingly reply upon gifts to our Annual Fund and a capital fundraising programme.