Welcome to ISQ

It is a privilege and an honour to warmly welcome you to the International School of Qingdao (ISQ). As a committed and passionate team of educators across preschool to grade 12, the staff here at ISQ are dedicated in nurturing, equipping and mentoring young people to be positive, active and influential members of their communities. We believe each young person is uniquely gifted and we are devoted to supporting each of them to discover their talents and fulfil their academic potential. The teachers and staff at ISQ are focused on modelling and developing 21stCentury learners who are creative, collaborative, flexible and innovative, who are critical thinkers and who are able to naturally problem solve.  In addition to this, we see the importance of cultivating character and integrity and encouraging students to have a heart for others.

The International School of Qingdao, located at the scenic crossroads of Tianshui Lu and Qingxi Lu in the Licang District, strives to be a distinctively college preparatory school by developing in our students a Truth-centered worldview through evidence-based pedagogy and an academically rigorous curriculum.

The International School of Qingdao is a member of the International School Consortium (ISC), who have 6 International School across China, learners have a unique opportunity to collaborate, cooperate, showcase and compete with each other in academic, sporting, creative and performing arts.

The International School of Qingdao offers a wide range of quality educational opportunities both within and beyond the formal timetable. The academic and co-curriculum programs are current, utilize the current technology and respond to emerging trends in education and the marketplace.

Our students are highly motivated and are also supported by committed parents and families, who are key members of our flourishing school community.

As you consider the possibilities with ISQ and explore our website, we hope you sense our love for learning and pursuit of excellence.

You’re always welcome to come by and tour the campus or just have a chat. Click to schedule a visit.

Mission Statement

The International School of Qingdao exists to serve the international families in Qingdao by providing a nurturing, safe, rigorous, and Truth-centered educational experience that is focused on developing the whole student and to professionally support Chinese education.

Vision Statement

The International School of Qingdao will be a center of excellence in education China-wide that provides an innovative environment in which students will meet their full potential in the areas of Character, Academics, and Leadership to positively impact their world.


The International School of Qingdao (MTI) is the oldest and most established international school in Qingdao. ISQ began in 1996 as Qingdao MTI International School (QMIS) under the direction of Management Technologies International (MTI) Education Foundation, Inc., an American non-profit corporation committed to educational work in China. ISQ is a member International Schools of China (ISC), a consortium of six schools founded by MTI. ISQ obtained licensing from the Qingdao Education Commission in June of 1996 and the National Education Ministry in September of 1996. ISQ began that fall with eight students ranging from kindergarten through fourth grade.

Since 1996, the number of students at ISQ has grown from 8 to almost 400. As the student body has grown, ISQ has moved school locations three times. Locations include: the back wing of the No. 1 Middle School of High Tech Park (1996-1998); the fourth floor of the Children’s Club at the Qingdao Children’s Activity Center, No. 6 Donghai Road (1998-2007); and the Laoshan Campus that is shared with Baishan School, a private Chinese school (2007-Present). Each move has allowed ISQ to better meet the needs of the student body and school community.

In 2004, MTI merged with Leadership Development International (LDi). In 2010, ISQ officially changed its name and logo from QMIS to the International School of Qingdao (MTI) to better align with the other schools that are a part of ISC.


ISQ Visual History

Who We Are

The International School of Qingdao (ISQ) is proudly the number one school of choice for expatriate families living in Qingdao. We have worked hard to provide world-class education since opening our doors in August of 1996. Though we started out small, our enrollment, programs, and academic reputation have grown steadily as we have served thousands of students throughout the years. We now have an enrollment of almost 400 students from 18 different countries and 150 staff members from 10 different countries. Come join us and be a part of the oldest and largest English-instruction international school in Qingdao.

Our Team

Every teacher we hire must have at least two years teaching experience. All foreign staff must undergo a rigorous application process that includes a background check, psychological exams, eight references, and an interview.

We have 150 staff members from over 10 countries, many of whom grew up in international education settings themselves. Our diversity and passion for world-class education helps us understand and meet the needs of Qingdao’s expat community.

All staff are trained in Emergency First Response and child safety. Our commitment to creating a safe environment for your child ensures that each ISQ student is socially, emotionally, and physically protected while at school.

Our Student Services Department is comprised of 14 staff members who work alongside teaching staff to support the needs of ISQ students.

We are committed to helping our students develop an appreciation for China’s culture and language. Our Chinese Language Department teaches extensive language courses and organizes cultural activities throughout the year.

We love learning. Over 50% of our teaching staff have a master’s degree or higher, and every year, ISQ and our five sister schools offer professional development for each and every staff member.

Expected Schoolwide Learning Results (ESLRs)

The ESLRs are our Expected School-wide Learning Results. They specify target outcomes for students’ physical, intellectual, spiritual, social, and emotional learning. In order for students in all grades to achieve these expected results, teachers, in conjunction with parents and the administration, provide developmental and age-appropriate activities both inside and outside of the classroom.



The student will:

  • Recognize and practice habits conducive to balanced health
  • Practice teamwork
  • Display sportsmanship

The student will:

  • Display proficiency in academic content
  • Approach challenges by utilizing both creative and critical thinking strategies
  • Articulate thoughts and ideas in the English language both orally and in writing
  • Use available technologies to investigate and communicate

The student will:

  • Articulate and defend his/her own worldview
  • Grow in his/her understanding of the true meaning of life
  • Demonstrate character by applying truth-based principles in decision making

The student will:

  • Be aware of the needs of others and his/her community and actively seek opportunities to serve
  • Display respect for authority, others, and self
  • Appreciate and demonstrate cultural diversity through compassion and cooperation
  • Effectively communicate and sensitively share views and opinions

The student will:

  • Demonstrate responsibility for his/her actions
  • Acknowledge himself/herself and others as individuals created with intrinsic value
  • Display self-control in various situations
  • Value diverse perspectives