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Mission & Vision

Mission Statement

The International School of Berne (ISBerne), established in 1961, is a creative learning community for students from all over the world.

Within the framework of the three International Baccalaureate Programmes, guided by ISBerne teachers and staff, students have the opportunity to become open-minded, principled, knowledgeable, confident lifelong learners and multilingual citizens of the world who respect themselves and others.

School Philosophy

The strong educational curriculum follows a philosophy of education based on the principles of:

  • educating the whole person;
  • promoting international understanding;
  • education through a broad, balanced curriculum;
  • respect for and tolerance of cultural diversity.

The Elementary and Middle school programme includes French and German, music, visual arts, theatre arts, the sciences, humanities, mathematics, and English.

The grade 5 students complete their Elementary education with an Exhibition, which celebrates their learning over their six years in Elementary school.

The Middle school students complete their educational programme through a Personal Project in grade 10.

The IB Diploma programme in grades 11 and 12 is a comprehensive and rigorous two-year curriculum to prepare students for university entrance.

Students choose six subjects to study, write an Extended Essay, follow a Theory of Knowledge Course, and complete a Community, Action and Service Program.

Aims & Objectives

Educational Quality

To offer high quality, academically sound education to an international student body in a supportive and understanding environment.

  • By developing and adopting an English language curriculum from preschool to grade 12.
  • By nurturing an atmosphere of trust between students, staff, administrators and parents.

Student Creativity

To promote a positive attitude towards creativity, allowing students to actively engage in the learning process.

  • By providing a wide variety of stimulating learning experiences, allowing students to acquire the concepts, skills and attitudes necessary to develop their full individual potential.
  • By helping students to assess their own abilities and become independent learners, able to solve problems, work in groups and set priorities.

School Community

To promote a sense of community in the school so that students and staff develop a sense of belonging to the school.

  • By providing a stable, secure and welcoming atmosphere for all individuals within the school.
  • By providing opportunities for students to develop friendships outside the classroom and by offering recreational activities.

Cultural Diversity

To encourage cultural understanding, tolerance and the enjoyment of diversity.

  • By exposing students to different cultures through a well planned international curriculum mindful of the views and beliefs of others.
  • By promoting positive attitudes towards the host country, Switzerland, through study of its main languages German and French and the country’s physical and cultural diversity.

Student Self-Esteem

To develop self-esteem and a sense of respect for others.

  • By encouraging communication in both social and academic environments between all members of the school community.
  • By becoming aware of one’s own personal beliefs and attitudes, as well the wider significance of local and global issues.

Staff / Curriculum Development

To address the need for ongoing staff and curriculum development.

  • By continuous evaluation of ISBerne’s present and future needs.
  • By appraising the staff and offering it access to relevant professional development of a high international standard.

Facility / Financial Management

To have committed, experienced and qualified staff and well equipped facilities operating on a sound financial basis.

  • By transparent financial management, keeping the school in a healthy economic situation.
  • By forward-looking strategic planning, open communication with the local, national and international community to integrate the school in an environment that is supportive both intellectually and materially.

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