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Who We Are

At ISP, we are exceedingly proud of our history and traditions spanning over 30 years. Our story began in 1982, when a small group of dedicated parents set out to establish an international school with the best possible educational offering. Though we treasure our history and tradition, we are always seeking to improve and grow. From its original 35 students to now over 1,200 students, ISP continues to grow into an internationally recognized and leading educational institution.
Our History

ISP had its informal beginnings as a community school set up by a few interested parents to provide an educational alternative to schools already offered in the community. In 1982, a group of Panamanian and expatriate families met to establish an elementary school for about three dozen students. By 1985, the parents, calling themselves The International School of Panama Association, applied for and were granted authority to establish an educational institution under Panamanian law. The ambitious group of founding parents decided to begin with a school that would serve students from kindergarten through third grade. They hired a director and teachers, and together with them created a curriculum that would provide the best possible education program with an international perspective. It was arduous work. Their dream and vision held strong even during times of political and financial hardships in the Republic of Panama.

The commitment and dedication of parents who joined the school when it was just starting out served as the foundation for the inspired expansion ISP now enjoys. We have expanded from three small residential buildings in La Cresta to our current campus facilities set on beautiful acreage in the open rolling hills of Cerro Viento. In 1990, with enormous pride, ISP graduated eight students—our first senior class.

Our Core Beliefs
  • Each individual has intrinsic worth.
  • Each person is responsible for his or her choices and actions.
  • All people have a responsibility to contribute positively to society.
  • Embracing diversity strengthens communities.
  • Shared values are essential for the well-being of our community.
  • Quality education expands opportunities for the individual and contributes to the development of our world.
  • Education is a collaborative effort between family and school and is enriched by the community.
  • Learning is an essential, life-long endeavor.
  • Achievement builds self-esteem, which leads to further achievement.
  • Excellence is worth pursuing.
AdvancED STEM Certification
The International School of Panama is proud to have the distinction of earning AdvancED STEM certification. This certification recognizes that our STEM educational programs have met the rigor and substance vital to creating and sustaining superior, student-centered STEM teaching and learning programs. We are committed to preparing our learners for the careers of tomorrow by continuing to foster and perpetuate their enthusiasm for STEM disciplines today. Our focus on STEM demonstrates our continued commitment to educational excellence for a future without borders.