ISM International School first opened in 1954 as the Oil Companies School, a school for the children of oil company executives and diplomats posted to Libya. ISM is the oldest international school in North Africa and has successfully graduated every class since 1960.
ISM was modelled on an American high school and originally taught the American curriculum. Over the years, ISM has taught the American, Canadian and UK national curricula, depending on the needs of our students.
In 1995, ISM began teaching the curriculum of the Republic of Ireland, the only school outside of Ireland to do so. In 2020, ISM celebrated 25 years of graduating students with the Irish Leaving Certificate. Our students have gone on to study at universities all over the world and we are proud of the achievements of our past pupils.
ISM remains the largest international school in Libya, with a strong global presence from both our teachers and students. We are proud that we have remained open and delivering lessons through political uncertainties and the COVID-19 pandemic.