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International School of Berne

International School of Berne

Allmendingenweg 9, 3073 Gümligen, Bern, Switzerland

+41 (0)31 959 10 00



International School of Berne
School type Co-educational International Day
Founded 1961
Status Private
Director Denise Coates
Date Appointed 2018
Language of Instruction English
Co-ed Age Range 3-19 years
Number of pupils 300
Average Class Size 16-22
Teacher/Pupil ratio 1:6
Authorised IB Programmes IBDP, IBMYP, IBPYP
Diploma Coordinator Brette Book
MYP Coordinator Kirsty de Wilde
PYP Coordinator Richard Dowse

The International School of Berne (ISBerne) serves Berne's expatriate community, principally the multinational corporate and diplomatic communities. The school is a multicultural community of 275 students, representing over 40 countries, located in the village of Muri-Gümligen, just 15 minutes from Berne, the capital city of Switzerland.

ISBerne is proud to be an IB World School, offering all three core IB Programmes. Additionally, ISBerne is accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and as such, offers a fully accredited US High School diploma, in addition to the IB Diploma. ISBerne also offers this US High School Diploma to successful graduates of its affiliate distance learning programme, ISBerne Online.

Admission to ISBerne is based upon two criteria; the potential of the applicant to benefit from the educational services provided and the capacity of the school to meet the educational needs of the applicant. ISBerne welcomes applications from students who have demonstrated academic and social skills, a sound character, reliability and an eagerness to learn. These traits, combined with an ISBerne education, will prepare students for the future, teach them cultural appreciation and enable them to work with others. Graduates from ISBerne are regularly accepted to top university around the world.

The ISBerne curriculum reflects a carefully considered balance between guided inquiry and the acquisition of essential skills. Students benefit from small class sizes, a highly qualified faculty, and numerous language programmes and are active in the local community through various field trips, sporting events and other experiences such as Outdoor Education Week and the Ski Fridays Programme. The curriculum is supported by an expansive extra-curricular After School Activities Programme as well as competitive sports teams which compete against teams across Switzerland in the Swiss Group of International Schools (SGIS) circuit.

To support our curriculum, and the future technology of learning, ISBerne has a new state-of-the-art campus under construction, slated for completion in December of 2016. This new campus will not only allow for continued growth in enrollment but will also better support current conduits of learning, such as our online electives, and the advancements in the technology that will accompany future generations.

As an IB World School, ISBerne takes its commitment to internationalism very seriously. The diversity of cultures that make up the school community requires an appreciation, acceptance and respect of oneself and others. ISBerne prides itself on developing positive and enriching relationships between teachers, students and parents. Through choices made, daily operations and the philosophy embraced, the school places the child at the center of all it does.