Director's Welcome


Dear ISD Community,  

A very warm welcome to the International School of Dongguan! I am extremely excited to be joining a community that values student learning in an inclusive, creative, and caring environment. We hope that our website communicates our enthusiasm for learning, our commitment to excellence, respect for diversity, and how deeply we care for each member of our community.

ISD’s mission is our school’s compass; it guides us towards success and to a bright future. ISD is considered a young school, but our teaching faculty and staff have many years of experience.  ISD offers many exciting programs to engage learners of every age and every interest – from academics to activities to athletics.  Our school, like many other international schools around the world, are finding ways to encourage entrepreneurialship by using new technologies, utilizing world class programs such as the International Baccalaureate (IB), looking at new ways of assessing, documenting, and reporting on learning. Our teachers are professional and passionate about their teaching!  They are always seeking innovative and better ways to improve their practice. We provide opportunities so that our students can be leaders in our community and ultimately in our interconnected world.

As an English medium school with an international community from many different nationalities, we value diversity and partnership – meaning that our parents are involved in their children’s education.  This close collaboration between student, parent, and teacher leads to greater achievement. It allows our students to take ownership of their learning.  It is ISD’s diversity that allows us to learn and develop empathy and compassion in order to become ethical, life-long learners ready for a global society.   A highly engaged and truly caring teaching staff make ISD a family focused on assisting each student develop to their full potential!  We encourage our parents to learn about our approaches to teaching and learning, to be fully involved in the learning life of their child(ren).  

I invite you visit our campus. From your initial visit you will notice the palpable joy that we have collaborating with each other. At ISD we strive for excellence in all areas of our school. Our students are happy, engaged and empowered in their learning.  Join the ISD family to open doors to an amazing learning experience and partnership for your family.  


Dr. Kelly Kramer