The Student Experience - The International School of Minnesota

International Students

The Student Experience

The International School of Minnesota is nestled in a sprawling, beautiful, 55-acre campus in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, a southwest suburb of the Minneapolis St. Paul metropolitan area. It is an amazing place to live and learn. Whether you’re coming from out of town, out of state or out of the country, ISM is a top-rated private college prep school that offers an exceptional educational and boarding experience in a diverse, close-knit, yet global environment.

Our boarding program helps develop character, independence, structure, enhanced study habits, focused college prep with 100% college acceptance rates including admission to top universities, provide sports- activities- academics in one convenient location, all with 24/7 supervision.

Having classmates from all over the world will not only help you understand other cultures, but connect you with future leaders and life-long friends.

What sets us apart from the rest is a rigorous globally-focused curriculum, 55-acre campus near Minneapolis, life and leadership skill development, state-of-the-art facilities, robust extracurricular activities, intimate class sizes and so much more.

ISM is Minnesota’s most diverse campus. 81% of our students are from Minnesota, with 2% from out-of-state and 17% are international.

ISM is part of SABIS® Network, a global education management organization that is backed by 135 years of success in educating students and preparing them for the future. SABIS offers a proven proprietary education in 20 countries on five continents. Our seniors not only graduate as alumni of ISM, but also belong to the SABIS global alumni, which comprises more than 27,000 graduates from around the world.

ISM ranks A+ for academics and offers students the chance to graduate with up to 11 AP Courses. 80% of students are involved in extracurricular activities. With 35 to choose from, ranging from athletics, to clubs like aerospace engineering, robotics, debate, math team, and circuit builders, to ISM’s award-winning performing arts  – there’s something for everyone.

Our campus features an Olympic-sized track and field, indoor swimming pool, new professionally designed disc golf course, new robotics lab, new arts studio, state-of-the-art performing arts center, and forthcoming journalism and media center.

We offer a full array of non-contact sports including a junior and senior elite golf academy featuring a new golf simulator and instruction by PGA trained pros, volleyball, basketball, badminton, soccer, track and field, ultimate frisbee, disc golf, youth gymnastics and youth swimming.

At ISM you get to explore and develop all of your interests. One of our current boarding students is Andrew Cheng, a very talented 10th Grade student who has completely immersed himself in ISM life by leading the badminton team as well as being a Student Life Organization Deputy Head and member of the basketball team.

Campus Activities:

There is lots to do here on campus all year long with four distinct seasons in Minnesota.

Fall: hiking, biking, rollerblading, soccer, running, volleyball

Winter: sledding, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, basketball

Spring: hiking, biking, track & field, Frisbee

Summer: swimming, biking, hiking, running

Students benefit from a structure of support with on-site residence hall advisors. 

The ISM Campus is also frequently visited by beautiful wildlife, including:


Wild turkeys

Red fox

Bald eagles

Canadian geese

Song birds



Residence Hall:

The ISM residential facility is located on the north-east side of a 55-acre campus that provides an ideal backdrop for a unique educational experience. The three-story, state of the art facility can house up to 32 students in private/semi-private rooms and includes a theater recreation center, fitness center, laundry facilities, common areas, secure access with 24-hour security, and two live-in supervisors.

Everything was excellent in the residence halls. I always enjoyed living in there." -- International Student, Grade 12, Chinese


For a full list of features of the rooms and more details, click here.

Nearby Attractions & Activities:

The Mall of America: The largest indoor mall in the U.S. with 40 million visitors per year, includes a wide variety of shops, an indoor amusement park, an aquarium, and other attractions is 12-13 miles away.

Bryant Lake Park: One hundred and seventy (170) beautiful acres of rolling hills, woodlands, wetlands, and grasslands, Bryant Lake Park is a short 15-minute walk from ISM. At Bryant Park students can bike, fish, swim, go boating, picnic, hike, and more!

Check out the Explore Minnesota Guide Here

Minnesota is home of several professional sports teams:


Other Attractions:

To see our weekened activity schedule from the previous year, click here.  

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