Internationale Schule e.V. Hamburg
The International School e.V., founded in 1957 to serve the educational needs of the international community in Hamburg, is operated by an elected Board of Governors composed of parent and non-parent members. It is accredited by ECIS and NEASC.
The school provides a formal educational programme in English for children between the ages of three and approximately 18 years of age. A balanced curriculum prepares students in the major academic areas while ample allowance is made for extra-curricular activities which are considered a vital part of school life. The school offers IGCSE, and the IB Diploma to qualify students for university study. From 2002 the school has replaced the IGCSE with its own pre-IB programme.
A special programme is provided for students whose native language is not English. In the elementary school emphasis is placed on the acquisition of basic skills; specialist teachers give instruction in music, art, physical education and German. The teaching staff comes from several different countries and has an average of 10 years experience at ISH. Many are experienced overseas teachers and also have advanced degrees. The school year commences in mid-August and concludes in mid-June. The campus is located in Othmarschen, a residential area of Hamburg. A new building was opened in August 1999 to provide accommodation for the Early Childhood Centre and specialist classrooms for ESL, German, special needs and music, a junior library, new administrative offices and a cafeteria. In addition, the existing buildings were renovated to a high standard and include a computer facility, an extended senior library plus media room, a technology room, a shared computer resource for mathematics and science and separate department areas for each secondary subject. This is in addition to the existing hall used for public performances, fully equipped laboratories and studios for drama, visual education and pottery. A new all-weather sports area was also built in the redesigned outside areas of the school. All rooms have new furniture and equipment. In 2002 a further six classroom building was opened to meet the needs of the rising enrolment.
Admission is based on an evaluation of the student's record from the previous school plus a personal interview, giving due consideration to the ability of the student to develop academically and socially at ISH.
Last modified February 22, 2007