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Kazakhstan International School was founded 20 years ago as a Montessori kindergarten. KIS is proud to be an IB World School, offering the renowned International Baccalaureate programme of education (IB).

In 2008, KIS became an IB World School, offering the globally recognised International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP). In December 2018, KIS moved to a centrally located, state-of-the-art new campus. This enabled us to expand right up to Grade 10, completing the Middle Years Programme. 2020 is already another milestone year in the history of our school’s development into an all-through IB school for 2- to 18-year-olds. In spring 2020 we were authorized to deliver the prestigious Diploma Programme from August 2020 onwards. KIS has also started the process for becoming a CIS & MSA registered school. Early in 2020 we had a total of 400 students, from Toddlers to Grade 11.

Our ethos is simple: we put students first. At KIS, every child is treated as an individual. We meet our students varying needs by carefully assessing their development, planning with individuals in mind, and differentiating learning opportunities. The IB programmes are academically rigorous; they are also flexible, allowing students to learn in the ways that suit them best, and pursue their studies in the areas that interest them most.

Our fully qualified teaching team works in close partnership with parents to ensure every child can develop his or her potential fully. We believe that personal, social and emotional growth goes hand-in-hand with academic success. The IB learner profile is a key part of this approach, as it develops personal qualities that provide a foundation for success not just in your children’s education, but in their future careers and personal lives. These qualities include being principled, caring, open-minded and balanced, as well as skills such as being knowledgeable, and an effective communicator.

Our brand new campus opened in December 2018, and our Early Years children joined us in January 2019. Our school enjoys a beautiful and central location among the green hills of Almaty, with spectacular views of the snow-capped Tien Shan mountains, and across the city of Almaty. Our classrooms have the latest touchscreen technology, and we have state-of-the-art facilities including a spacious sports hall and a purpose-built auditorium that can seat up to 300 people. More facilities are planned as we continue to develop our campus and its grounds.

KIS is not just a school: we are a community. As a community, we place a strong emphasis on values as well as grades, on developing skills and interests beyond the classroom, and on putting our knowledge and skills into action, in the service of society. This is why we say a KIS education is ‘More Than Academics’. We are often described as being one big family-and we look forward to welcoming you!