May 2, 2013

SABIS® private school in Minnesota ranks 7th "Most Challenging School" in the country

The International School of Minnesota (ISM), SABIS®’s only private school in the U.S., recently ranked 7th on The Washington Post listing of “America’s Most Challenging (Private) High Schools.

The private school list, which was published on April 23, 2013, includes 52 schools from across the U.S.  Schools making the list are ranked based on their “Challenge Index,” which is determined based on the total number of Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), and/or Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE) tests given at a school each year divided by the number of seniors who graduated in May or June.  ISM is the only private school in Minnesota to make the list. 

The “Challenge Index” was established in 1998 in Newsweek and later moved to The Washington Post. This is the first year that the “Challenge Index” has included rankings of private schools due to requests from parents and schools.

“This is something that we should all take great pride in,” commented ISM Upper School Academic Quality Controller, Mr. Peter Welle. “It means that while there are some fine schools out there doing great work, very few schools are able to match what we're accomplishing with our kids at ISM. The fact that we're non-selective makes this even more remarkable.”

The most recent school data from ISM show that:
  • 84% of the ISM's upper school students take 3 or more AP® courses 
  • The school has a 100% graduation rate, with 100% of graduates attending a 4-year college or university.
  • 4 out of every 10 graduates are accepted to one or more of the world’s Top 200 universities as identified by the U.K. Times Educational Supplement.
  • 21% of ISM’s 2012 graduates are pursuing majors in the sciences, mathematics, and/or technology.
“We aim to provide our students with an education that challenges them at the same time as it develops the knowledge and skills they need to meet the challenge. Through the SABIS® Educational System, this is exactly what we do,” stated ISM School Director, Mrs. Christi Seiple-Cole.

Currently enrolling over 420 students in Preschool through Grade 12, ISM has been providing students with a high-quality education since its doors opened in 1985. The school, which is located on 55-acre campus, which includes a protected wetland, is currently accepting applications for the 2013-14 academic year.

To find out more about the application process, visit or call the ISM Admissions Office at +1 952 918 1840. To learn more about the SABIS® system implemented at ISM, visit


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