Townshend International School was founded as a non-profit organization in 1992 by dedicated parents who had moved to South Bohemia from their home in Austria to contribute to the social and economic development of the country after the fall of communism. In a desire to provide an enriching educational experience for their then 11-year-old daughter, they opened Townshend International School, named after the great Irish scholar and humanist, George Townshend (1876-1957).
With the support of the township of Hluboka, the school started in a rented wing of the local elementary school, with 23 students spanning grades 7, 8 & 9. Inspired by a vision to combine academic excellence with character development, the school began to attract families from around the world, growing rapidly into an International school serving students from Pre-K through high school.
It soon became clear that the school was quickly outgrowing its rented facilities, and a search began for a suitable location for a dedicated school campus. Ground was broken in 1999 on a field overlooking the peaceful lakes and forests of Hluboka, and beyond to the hills of South Bohemia and Austria.
In the summer of 2001 the new campus, with its 5000 square meter building housing classrooms, laboratories, seminar and meeting rooms, administrative offices, library and dining hall, along with two dormitory buildings, was dedicated before an audience of families, friends and dignitaries from around the world.
In 2009 Townshend adopted the internationally renowned Cambridge curriculum and became an associate member of the Council of British International Schools (COBIS). With the Cambridge curriculum, students receive an internationally recognized credential of the highest caliber that is welcomed in schools and universities worldwide.
Over the years, Townshend has attracted students from 98 countries and territories, who have gone on to study and serve around the world.
Currently, the school serves 140 students, grades pre-K through high school, with 70 boarding students ages 12 and up.