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Founded in 1957, ISH was the first international school in Germany and an early adopter of the International Baccalaureate programme.We are an independent, non-profit association with about 720 students from over 50 nationalities. 

We offer English language curricula for students from early years to Grade 12 (ages 3 to 18). This includes the International Primary Curriculum (age 3-10), the IB Middle Years Programme (ages 11-15) and the IB Diploma Programme and IB Career-related Programme (ages 16-18).


At ISH, our programs, policies and purpose are united in the shared values that put our students at the centre of everything we do. As builders of an internationally-minded community, we strive to inspire and motivate every student while ensuring high academic challenge, the innovative use of technology, and a committed focus on the social, moral and emotional well-being of every child in our care. We forge strong partnerships with parents to create a learning environment in which students respect and embrace an ever-growing, interconnected global society and to recognise the value of service to others.

Our students' academic performance

At ISH, we value and celebrate success of our community of learners without defining it solely around standardised test or a final course result. However, we also recognised that regular assessment, as well as IB Diploma,  IB Career-related Programme scores are important as they enable students to continue their learning journey beyond ISH. 

Student-centered Learning

Our goal at ISH is to create an inclusive community for innovative thinkers to teach and learn together. Beyond the mission and vision statements, this is reinforced by our curriculum as early as in our Early Education Centre classes. We understand that students learn best when they are actively engaged. By the time our students reach secondary school they are true advocates for their own learning, making independent choices while being fully supported on their journey.  (Link to Learn)

Our international curricula

The International Primary Curriculum and the IB Middle Years and IB Diploma Programmes —serve our students well and enable them to become the kind of inquiring, ethical and risk-taking adults the world will need in the 21st century. Our diversity of perspectives, values, ideas and beliefs make ISH a special place to teach and learn.

Our global best practices in education - A fully accredited school with a global outlook

We are proud to offer an engaging curriculum and to be accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). For these we undergo regular and thorough evaluation of all our programmes, facilities, policies and personnel, most recently in 2022, to ensure we apply the very best practices in education.

Our welcoming and engaged international community

ISH is a welcoming and inclusive community, where families who have traveled far from their countries of origin can make a new home away from home.  We strive to create a place where a meaningful partnership of mutual support exists between your home and the school. Parents can be actively involved in our community by volunteering at school, as well as join the Parent Teacher Association's events.

Our extensive co-curricula programme

We offer an extensive co-curricular program for all age groups with a broad spectrum of activities from sports to arts to community engagement. This includes the prestigious Duke of Edinburgh's Award and the Model United Nations programs, both regarded as significant life and educational experiences by their participants. The majority of our co-curricular activities run from 15:00 to 16:30 with the option of After School Care until 18:00. We also run sports, music and activities camps during our school holiday breaks. 

Our modern facilities

ISH offers modern facilities build in 2010 on a unique 41,000sqm campus located in Hamburg's green belt just across from the Botanical Garden. It is also perfectly situated to take advantage of all that Hamburg has to offer due to our proximity to the centre. Our community of students, families and teachers come together each day from across Hamburg and beyond by S-Bahn, ferry, bus, car and bike to share the commitment to challenging and successful learning. 

Our legacy - A school that leaves a mark

Long after students leave ISH, members of our worldwide Alumni Network often speak of how the school continues to hold a special place in their hearts, how it helped them discover a true love of learning, build confidence in their individuality and how they remain close with friends and teachers from their time at the school.