ISSH core values: be unique, take responsibility and achieve your potential

Learning in an international school and living in a boarding residence requires cooperation, negotiation and empathy. As part of a group of young people of similar age from a variety of backgrounds, every student learns how to contribute and succeed in a small community.

The ISSH boarding programme is for senior students (aged 15 to 18). Younger boarding students (12 to 14) live in carefully-selected, host families.

Our boarding staff understands the needs and challenges of teenagers. Under their care, our students develop responsibility in self-management and decision-making.

The Head of Boarding and his team of boarding staff cater to the needs of our boarding students. On the weekends, they learn how to live independently, taking responsibility for organizing the weekend shopping, cooking and outings. In their home away from home, our boarders all engage in and contribute to community life.

During weekends our students explore the area, take trips or participate in sporting or creative activities to help them to develop a healthy and well balanced lifestyle.

Our boarders are also encouraged to participate in the great range of activities on offer by the ISSH and the local community, which include water sports as well as team sports and winter pursuits. Creativity encourages students to engage in the arts and creative thinking. The service component of the programme enables students to volunteer service hours to the school, local or wider community in a variety of forms that will suit each student’s taste and talent.

Our students’ well-being, their learning and social integration are closely monitored by the Head of Boarding, who provides regular updates to the parents, teachers and boarding staff. This way, we ensure good communication between all partners and a focus on mental and physical well being and mindfulness.

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ISSH International School of Schaffhausen

ISSH 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.

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