Celebrating Network Achievements

Sep 2014 #Academics

Driven by a commitment to continually seek to set higher and higher standards, schools in the global SABIS® School Network have been helping students achieve excellence for the past 128 years.  United by a shared philosophy, which includes a non-selective admissions policy, and the implementation of the SABIS® Educational System, schools in the network have achieved an impressive and geographically balanced track-record of achievements.

United States

In the U.S., the SABIS® School Network includes 11 public charter schools and one private school, all of which are frequently recognized as top educational institutions. 

  • In the 2013-14 academic year, the International Academy of Flint (IAF) in Flint, Michigan, was named as a “Reward School” for meeting Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) and “beating the odds,” showing that the school is finding ways to effectively overcome traditional barriers to achievement such as low economic status, race and ethnicity, or proficiency in the English language.  The school was also ranked as the 4th best charter school in the state of Michigan and was recognized by U.S. News and World Report as being among America’s “Best High Schools.”
  • The Linwood Public Charter School (LPCS), a school which joined the SABIS® School Network in 2009 as a middle school, was named as a “Top Gains School” for the second consecutive year in 2013-14.  LPCS 8th graders outperformed their peers in all subjects in schools of a similar makeup in the Caddo Parish school district.  They also outperformed students in other Recovery School District Louisiana schools statewide in ALL four 8th grade LEAP subjects. 
  • The SABIS® International Charter School (SICS) in Springfield, Massachusetts, the network’s longest running public charter school, was named among America’s “Best High Schools” for the 5th year in a row by U.S. News and World Report. The school also graduated its 1000th student and the 2014 graduating class at SICS collectively earned more than $11.4 million in college scholarships.
  • The International School of Minnesota (ISM) was listed on the “Challenge Index” ranking America’s most challenging schools by The Washington Post.  ISM students take an average of seven Advanced Placement® exams before they graduate and 100% go on to attend college or university.   

Europe, Egypt, Kurdistan, & Pakistan

The SABIS® School Network in Europe, Egypt, Kurdistan, and Pakistan includes 18 member schools including seven public-private partnership schools and two schools that license the SABIS® Educational System.  Each of the schools earned impressive recognition in the 2013-14 academic year.

  • Students at the ISF Internationale Schule Frankfurt-Rhein-Main (ISF) in Frankfurt, Germany, swept the top spots at the Germany-wide American Library Spelling Bee competition in Karlsruhe in April 2014.  The ISF winners of the top three places are all non-native speakers of English.
  • At the International School of Choueifat – Lahore, all 22 students who took the French language proficiency exam, DELF, earned an A grade. Among the successful students was the only student in the whole of Lahore who took the DELF B1 exam.
  • The International School of Choueifat – Erbil in Erbil, Kurdistan, Iraq, graduated its second class of seniors in 2013-14.  Among the graduates were students who earned perfect 800s on their Scholastic Aptitude (SAT) I and II tests.  One student, the class valedictorian, earned a perfect score on SAT II Chemistry, Physics, and Math.
  • Two SABIS® member schools in Cairo were recognized by the Ministry of Education for their high level of engagement in social service.  The International School of Choueifat – Cairo and the International School of Choueifat – City of 6 October organized fundraising efforts that raised enough money to fully furnish 12 classrooms in two Egyptian public schools and fund two summer camps for homeless children, three lifesaving heart surgeries, and over 600 medical check-ups for children in need. The schools also made donations to a local children’s hospital and a local orphanage.

MENA Region

The SABIS® School Network in the MENA region is comprised of 21 private member schools and two public-private partnership schools.  The schools’ achievements in the 2013-14 academic year are impressive, some of which include:

  • The SABIS® member schools in the U.A.E. have built an impressive track record of success on The College Board Advanced Placement® exams.  Forty (40) percent of seniors in 2013-14 were named as AP® Scholars, an impressive achievement given that the schools implement a non-selective admissions policy.
  • Results released from ISC-Dubai students who took the 2012 PISA test showed that if ISC-Dubai were a country, the school would have ranked 2nd out of 65 countries in math and 1st in reading and science.
  • Students from the International Schools of Choueifat in Lebanon earned recognition as part of the Model United Nations and Model Arab League competitions.  Several students from each of the three member schools in Lebanon earned awards and scholarships as a result of their performance. One student from ISC-Choueifat was selected to be one of only 12 students on a delegation representing Lebanon at the Model Arab League competition in New York.
  • Like its sister schools in Egypt, the International School of Choueifat?Amman worked to support good causes in their community. Through fundraising efforts, ISC-Amman raised over $30,000 to support the King Hussein Cancer Foundation.  A video about their efforts can be viewed at:

Driven by a commitment to continual improvement, the schools in the SABIS® School Network are well-positioned to continue their track record of success in the 2014-15 academic year.  Watch for the latest updates on network achievements in the coming months.  To receive SABIS® Press Releases throughout the year, send an E-mail to

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