A School for Our Future
Fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and the Council of International Schools (CIS), the International School of Monterey (ISM), located in Seaside, overlooks the picturesque and scenic Monterey Bay, which provides an excellent resource for research and study by ISM students. ISM offers
an exceptional international academic and extracurricular program
for children in grades K - 8. First opened in September 2001, the mission, philosophy, and curriculum of the International
School of Monterey fulfills for school-age children what Monterey
represents for adults through its unique higher education institutions
and its international and multicultural businesses.
ISM is a nonprofit, coeducational
English-language, public charter school, open to all applicants. With applications far exceeding available openings each year, per California law, students are admitted through an open lottery process.
ISM was created to bring world class international education to a public school setting; to
integrate best practices, established standards, and international curriculum; maintain a
multicultural environment that advances understanding and respect for all; and promote strong
partnerships among school, home, and community. With full community involvement, ISM has
developed a comprehensive Strategic Plan, which will guide its ongoing efforts at improvement.
December 9 - December 12
- ISM Book Fair Schedule/Hours
- Shop the Fall Book Fair Online - click here
Health Care Information for All CA Families
- Affordable Care Act (ACA) Fact Sheet (PDF)
- Covered California™ Health Care Information - www.coveredca.com
ISM seeks enthusiastic, flexible, and credentialed substitute\teachers who are committed to contributing to the academic, social, and ethical development of students from diverse backgrounds. Interested candidates please read our criteria and submit an application.
The ISM Teaching Garden
What do you get when you combine an ISM SEM class, local landscape designer (Denise Wood), multitalented CAD drafter/artist (Jake Mann), a generous grant from the Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District, and an underutilized plot of land? An opportunity to enrich our curriculum through outdoor learning.
Come by and take a look at this amazing transformation. It'll knock your garden clogs off!
Or better yet, get your hands dirty during the weekly Saturday Garden Work Days. All are welcome.
Click on the image to see the evolving garden plan in detail (PDF).
Education Protection Account Report
ISM assures voters that it wisely spends funds provided by Proposition 30, the Schools and Local Public Safety Protection Act of 2012, within the parameters established by law. The report linked below provides current details.
Education Protection Account Report
PowerSchool Calendars Guide
(for middle years)
Log your Volunteer Hours -
HelpCounter General Home Access
Description of Volunteer Opportunities
ISM Library: What's Available?
Follett Destiny Search Catalog
Staff email addresses
To Report a Student Absence...
Email firstname.lastname@example.org by 9:00am
on the day of the absence, providing student name, teacher, length of absence, and basic reason (e.g. sick, family emergency) without detail. (NOTE: We record all unreported absences as unexcused.)
Call 831-583-2171 and leave a message with the above information
if you donít have email access
Student health information
See ISM Calendar for schedule
International School of Monterey
1720 Yosemite Street
Seaside, CA 93955
Telephone: (831) 583-2165
Fax: (831) 899-7653
Our Mission Statement
Educate all children toward becoming conscientious, compassionate, and responsible citizens of the world.