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The International School of Hamburg (ISH) is a co-educational, full-day, state-recognised supplementary school.

It is operated independently by the Internationale Schule Hamburg e.V., a registered not-for-profit association, and its Board of Trustees represents ISH under the law.

The members of the Association elect the Board, which is responsible for the determination of ISH’s policies and for the conduct of its financial affairs. To that end, it meets approximately 8 times per year. The Board also appoints the Head of School, who administers the affairs of the school within the limits of approved policies and submits a formal monthly report.

The Association elects half of the members of the Board, for a period of two years, at the Annual General Meeting (AGM). This is held at the end of November or beginning of December. The parents of students currently attending the school elect the Parent Members of the Board. Non-Parent Members of the Board are elected by the Non-Parent members of the Association, i.e. interested individuals who do not have children attending ISH. The Staff Member is elected by his/her colleagues. The Head of School has a regular seat on the Board. A maximum of five additional Members are available to substitute if necessary.

The Parent and Non-Parent Members of the Board are typically accomplished personalities from various backgrounds such as business, academics and diplomacy. As a result, ISH can rely on valuable expertise from these areas in making its strategic decisions.