Principal's Welcome

Dear Parents and Students,


At the International School of Iceland we believe in building a supportive and stimulating environment in which children can develop creativity and resilience. Our Positive Discipline approach provides a language and a framework for building respectful relationships, effective communication, personal responsibility and a sense of belonging. This helps us strive toward our ultimate goal of preparing our 21st century learners to become active, successful, and contributing members of society.


A walk through our hallways reflects our philosophy of self-reliance and creativity. The open classrooms provide opportunities to combine classes or groups. The many windows provide views of the ocean, nearby river, and surrounding woods. On our walls, you can see our curriculum in action with artwork, posters and evidence of learning from every subject.


Our staff is committed to continually improving their teaching practice and using their expertise to create balanced and challenging learning programs designed to bring out the best in each child.


Students, staff, parents and community members are encouraged to explore this website and get to know us in order to participate in all aspects of school life. We consider our students’ parents as partners in the education of their children, contributing their energy, time and expertise to the school.

Warmest Regards,


Hanna Hilmarsdottir

Our Philosophy

We want children to enjoy their learning; develop enquiring minds, develop the personal qualities they need to be good citizens of the world, and develop a sense of their own nationality and culture, at the same time developing a profound respect for the nationalities and cultures of others.


Most of all, we want children to develop all the skills they will need in order to confidently face the world of tomorrow. 

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Our History

When the International School of Iceland opened its doors in 2004, the student body consisted of children whose parents were working in Iceland for 2-3 years in the foreign service, university or business community. These families were seeking an English-speaking program for their children.


Over time, the student body grew and changed, with more students living in Iceland on a permanent or semi-permanent basis.




International School of Iceland

Þórsmörk 8

210 Garðabær


Phone: 354 - 690 - 3100 


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© 2018 International School of Iceland. Background photo used with permission from Tara Kaberry