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About Us

It is a pleasure to welcome you
to our website!

I invite you to explore it and to learn more about the oldest international school in Germany.

At the International School of Hamburg, we are in a continual process of re-invention and renewal. While we celebrated our 60th anniversary in 2017, we like to believe that we are young in spirit and that our best years still lie ahead.

The Hanseatic City of Hamburg and ISH have forged a deeply-rooted partnership since our inception in 1957. As the third largest port in Europe, our host city is a global melting pot and one of the most cosmopolitan cities in Germany. The overall quality of life and the outstanding natural environment that Hamburg offers make it a very desirable destination for expatriate families. It is small enough to navigate easily on foot, bicycle or by public transport, and large enough to offer a sophisticated urban vibe and world-class shopping, dining and culture.

At ISH you will find:

Our curricula—the International Primary Curriculum and the IB Middle Years and 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.

With a growing student population of almost 780, and a neighbourhood campus bordering the city’s Botanical Garden, ISH is an integral part of the local landscape. On a typical day, visitors might observe volunteer parents welcoming new families. Drop by on a Friday evening and you will see high school students serving refreshments at a play or musical. On a Saturday morning, visitors will hear the sound of a piano lesson or cheering from the gym or soccer field as our Falcons teams compete. In November, visitors from the local neighbourhood share the excitement of our annual International Day. Before the Christmas holiday, a group of 2nd grade children can be found singing seasonal carols in the entrance area. Our calendar is filled with events, clubs and activities aimed at connecting our community with each other and with the wider world beyond our borders. 

Whether you are already a member of our school community, have come to our website as a prospective new student or parent, or just feel curious to learn more about ISH, you are most welcome to spend some time with us. I urge you to contact me directly, or to reach out to any member of our Leadership Team for further information or to ask questions about our school programmes.

Thank you for taking the time to visit, and I hope to see you soon!


Head of School

Welcome to ISH

Student movie: Hamburg's port