Mission & Vision
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.