International School of Berne
The International School of Berne, founded in 1961, is a day school accredited by ECIS and NEASC, serving the diplomatic, academic and business families in the Berne area. It provides an English-language education for children of over 40 nationalities aged 3-19. The calendar extends from August until June.
ISBerne is one of only 156 IB schools worldwide which are authorized to offer all three prestigious International Baccalaureate (IB) Programmes: the Primary Years Programme (ages 3 –11); the Middle Years Programme (ages 11 –16); and the Diploma Programme (ages 16 –19), a comprehensive pre-university course recognized around the world as a premier University entrance qualification. The IB programmes, taught in over 3000 schools worldwide, ensure a smooth and easy transfer for ISBerne’s students to and from schools anywhere in the world.
The curriculum follows a philosophy of education based on the principles of educating the whole person; of promoting international understanding; of education through a broad, balanced curriculum; and of respect for and tolerance of cultural diversity. The elementary and middle school programme includes English, French and German, music, visual arts, theatre arts, the sciences, humanities, mathematics, and P.E. The grade 5 students complete their elementary education with an Exhibition. The middle school students complete their educational programme through a Personal Project in grade 10. The IB Diploma programme students choose six subjects to study, write an extended essay, follow a Theory of Knowledge Course, and complete a Community, Service and Action Programme.
The school offers an EAL programme for non-English speakers, a learning support programme and College Guidance Service. The varied programme includes ice skating and skiing/snowboarding in winter, Model United Nations, field trips at all grades and an enrichment and after-school sports programme.
Flight/travel at beginning of contract
CHF 1,000 settling in allowance
State and private pension contributions from the school
Well Funded Professional Development programme
Assistance in finding accomodation
School applies for, and pays for the work permit
Facilities include a gymnasium, computer labs, science labs, art rooms, a Drama Studio, and music rooms. Extensive use of local facilities for athletics, theatre, and music productions enable the school to complement its programme.
The school is located in the suburb of Gümligen, 15 minutes from the centre of Berne, capital of Switzerland. The three sections, Early Learning Centre, Elementary, and Secondary, are on three sites, all within 200 metres of one another.