Welcome to ISH!
Seamless portable education for a global community
Founded in 1957, the International School of Hamburg (ISH) was the very first of its kind in Germany. To this day it remains the only institution in Hamburg accredited by the Council of International Schools. For more than half a century we have fulfilled the needs of internationally minded parents who desire an excellent full-day education for their children.
ISH offers the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) and the International Baccalaureate (IB) - two globally recognized curricular models that foster critical thinking, creativity, a spirit of independent enquiry and international-mindedness as well as high academic standards.
We combine the IPC (age 3-10), the IB Middle Years Program (MYP) (age 11-16), and the IB Diploma Program (DP) (age 17-19) to offer a seamless flow from kindergarten/preschool right through to university entry qualification. By using the existing network of several thousand IPC and IB schools, internationally mobile parents can avoid the many challenges associated with switching between national education systems. In other words: IPC and IB make education portable.
A mosaic of nations - Many languages - One community
Our 720+ students currently represent more than 50 nationalities. We recruit highly qualified, experienced teachers and administrators from all over the world to create a vibrant, nurturing, student-centered learning experience. Many of our teachers serve as IB examiners, curriculum leaders and/or professional development providers.
ISH’s language of instruction is English, yet speakers of all languages benefit from our English as an Additional Language (EAL) program. Students who arrive with little knowledge of English are enabled to access the curriculum as quickly as possible and go on to thrive in our school. We also provide opportunities for students to study their mother tongue during the curricular day or after school.
Educating open-minded, responsible students to develop their full potential
Recognizing our responsibility to prepare our students for global citizenship, our mission is to provide them with a values-driven international education which seeks to develop their full potential and to foster understanding, respect for others, freedom of thought and expression, enjoyment of learning and personal responsibility.
Our graduates have been able to successfully connect their educational experience to an ever-changing world of employment, advanced study at prestigious universities, the arts, or humanitarian service.
If you are a parent who seeks an excellent international education for your children, a qualification with global acceptance, and a unique community spirit, browse this website, download our school brochure, or contact us to learn more.