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​The International School of Toulouse opened in September 1999 for pupils of all nationalities from age 3 to 18 who desired an education in English. It was built as a response to the need of the local aircraft industry to facilitate the global mobility of its workforce. 

A building of 3,700 square metres including a central entrance area, primary wing and secondary wing was designed for the three hectare site. A further hectare of land was bought in 2001 and in the first two years of its existence the School added three further prefabricated buildings to house classes. In 2004 an all-weather football pitch and running track were added to the school’s facilities and the air-conditioning of all teaching areas was completed.

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​In 2007 the decision was taken to develop the four hectare site by building a new facility which would house the IST Primary School and the German School of Toulouse (DST) Primary School including kindergarten. This building also houses a canteen for all students on the site. A sports hall was also added to the site. The new buildings adding a further 5,500 square metres of floor space were inaugurated in May 2009.

Following the move of the IST Primary School to the new building, the original main IST building was transformed into IST Secondary School usage throughout and the prefabricated buildings reorganized resulting in a Music Block, Visual Arts Block and a Staff meeting, rest and study area. Refurbishment of the original main building also included creating a third science laboratory specializing in physics.

The whole site has been named Eurocampus and has its own logo.

The term Eurocampus is used not only to denote the physical resources used by IST and DST but also the initiative to create a truly European centre of excellence in international educational in the partnership between IST, DST, the Lycée Victor Hugo and other local French partner schools. Joint events and projects have been developed between the two primary schools, which include sport, music, art and language lessons. The links between the French/English bilingual programme in the Lycée Victor Hugo and IST Secondary School are also growing, especially in the area of English, shared careers and university advice and examination facilities.

Further expansion includes a new building for the lower Primary classes which opened in January 2014 and the construction of a new building to house the ​Secondary Art, Music and Drama departments as well as additional classrooms and a large auditorium which opened in Summer 2015.

Opening in 1999 with only 153 students, the IST now has approximately 490 students from the age of 3 to 18. Approximately 45% of the students are British but there are over thirty nationalities represented.

The International School of Toulouse has been an IB World School since January 2000, offering the IB Diploma Programme, and it gained full accreditation by the Council of International Schools and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges in June 2011. With excellent facilities, a dynamic Board of Directors, a wonderful staff, supportive parents and enthusiastic, co-operative students, in the few years since its beginning the IST has come a very long way indeed. We look forward confidently to continuing our journey towards excellence in all aspects of our School and to a future of continuing success and development for the International School of Toulouse.