The International School of Toulouse opened in September 1999 for pupils of all nationalities from age 4 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.
Opening in 1999 with only 153 students, the IST now has approximately 520 students from the age of 4 to 18. Approximately 33% 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, we look forward 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.
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.
Due to the expansion of the School in the first two years of its existence, three prefabricated buildings were added to the site to house classrooms.
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.
A few years later the decision was taken to develop the four-hectare site by building a new facility which would house the IST Primary School and the Deutsche Schule Toulouse (DST) German Kindergarten and Primary Schools.
These buildings which were inaugurated in May 2009 also house a canteen for all students on the site and a large sports hall adding a further 5,500 square metres of floor space.
Following the move of the IST Primary School to the new building, the original main IST building was transformed into the IST Secondary School.
Due to an increase in student numbers there has been further expansion over the past few years.
A purpose built facility for the kindergarten classes opened in January 2014. This includes an activity room, sleep-room and outdoor areas for recreation and learning through play.
A second dining room for the younger children was added to the canteen area and the kitchens were expanded.
The final phase of construction included a new building to house the Secondary Art, Music and Drama departments as well as an IB Student Common Room, additional classrooms and a large auditorium.
Along with a dedicated building for the DST afternoon programme and Eurocampus child-care provision (garderie), this opened in Summer 2015.
The whole campus has been named Eurocampus but 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 schools.