The International School of Schaffhausen (ISSH) is a place where students feel at home away from home. The international day and boarding school is renowned for its family-like atmosphere. It is located in the northern part of Switzerland, 35 minutes from Zurich airport. The ISSH strives to develop young people to their full potential. Lifelong learning, confidence and open-mindedness are not just words but values and attitudes which stay with ISSH students for life and provide a strong foundation for their success. Schaffhausen is a small, safe and charming city with much to offer to students and their families.
Over 40 nationalities are represented in our student body, which encompasses children of 3 months through young adults graduating from our Diploma Programme. This diversity of cultures, languages, faiths and experiences creates a learning and living environment which is extremely rich in perspectives and where care and respect for one another are fundamental. In addition to its expatriate and boarding students, the ISSH also has many students from the local community, who appreciate the school’s international offering.
We take pride in being able to cater to individual needs and to meet particular parent or student requests.
Our teachers are well-qualified, experienced and highly enthusiastic and passionate about their specific subjects and the school experience in general. The small class sizes allow more time for individual attention, enabling our staff to build strong relationships with each student and to cater to different needs.
The facilities at ISSH are first class. Classrooms, laboratories, media centres, sporting and cultural venues are equipped with the latest technology. Classrooms are spacious and friendly and fully networked with laptop computers and iPads for students to use.
There are excellent sports facilities on campus and in the surrounding Schaffhausen community. The spacious grounds include all-weather surfaces and a well-equipped, full-size gymnasium. The laboratories for biology, physics and chemistry support hands-on experiments.
As an IB World School the ISSH has a long-standing history with the International Baccalaureate programmes that will open doors to universities across the world. The two-year IB Diploma programme is acknowledged as one of the world's leading educational programmes and is recognized by over 60 countries worldwide. The IB is designed to meet the needs of international students, both mother-tongue English and EAL (English as another Language). Students can choose subjects from a range of alternatives, ensuring breadth of knowledge so that their options are open in choosing the right university or professional career later on. The IB diploma graduates develop the skills and attitudes they need for both academic and personal success. Their understanding of languages, cultures and exploration of globally significant ideas and issues is what makes them stand out from their fellow students with a national curriculum background. The IB diploma not only opens the doors to universities worldwide but also focuses on the development of the whole person through one of the core requirements called CAS (Creativity, Activity, Service). CAS encourages students to be involved in artistic pursuits, sports and community service, thus fostering their appreciation for life outside the academic arena. Our values 'Take Responsibility', 'Be Unique' and 'Achieve Potential' are represented in every aspect of our school, especially in our residential programme.