About - International School of San Salvador

Our Mission:

Developing compassionate, inquisitive and ethical leaders prepared for roles of leadership in the global community.

Desarrollando alumnos compasivos, inquisitivos y éticos preparados para asumir roles de liderazgo en la comunidad internacional.

Our Vision: 

To be a vibrant multicultural community that nurtures ethical and compassionate leaders.

Ser una comunidad multicultural comprometida a formar líderes éticos y compasivos.

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The International School of San Salvador was founded in 1979 by Chester and Nora Stemp, the present proprietors.

The school offers a Kinder thru 12th grade program of studies that is modeled after the U.S educational system and incorporates the requirements of the Salvadoran Ministry of Education. Located in an urban residential area, this small private school meets the needs of students of various nationalities, cultures, and linguistic backgrounds.



1. The foundation of our academic curriculum is based on that of the United States and we comply with the educational requirements of the Ministry of Education of El Salvador, with the purpose of preparing students for success in institutions of higher education.
2. We take pride in the success of our students, given our rigorous curriculum and record of academic excellence.
3. We recruit competent and dedicated teaching faculty, following AdvancED and MINED accreditation standards.
4. Our grading system uses the standard U.S. model and facilitates successful transition to national and international schools.
5. The English language is used in all activities that take place in the School, except for those which are required by the Ministry of Education to be provided in Spanish.
6. We recognize the importance of respecting the rich traditions and cultural heritage of El Salvador, and we expect all international students to work toward fluency in the Spanish language.


7. Even though we are a Salvadoran school and follow a U.S. curriculum and calendar, we are proud of our multi-cultural community and the strengths developed through its diversity.
8. Our strong and nurturing school community promotes cooperation between parents and school.
9. We emphasize the importance of a democratic society.
10. In order to preserve a conservative school identity, maintain a school climate conducive to learning, and to avoid distractions, we require the use of a school uniform and strictly enforce the school dress code.
11. Our Code of Conduct was designed with the purpose of preparing students for success within the disciplinary structure required for future university and work environments.


12. We believe that a holistic education is important, stressing the value of physical and cognitive development, mental/emotional health, as well as character education.
13. Our teaching philosophy nurtures curiosity and creativity of students and develops critical and independent thinkers.
14. We promote social responsibility, self-motivation, leadership, and global awareness in our students.
15. We promote environmental awareness in our academic and extra-curricular activities.
16. We encourage students to learn from the past to prepare for the future.
17. We emphasize self-discipline, mutual respect and personal responsibility.
18. We provide extra-curricular opportunities such as creative arts, athletics, technology, and leadership oriented activities that allow students to reach their full potential.