The International School Hamburg is an independent, coeducational day school which offers an educational program from prekindergarten through grade 12 for students of all nationalities. The School was founded in 1957. The school year comprises 2 semesters extending from mid-August to mid-June.
Organization: The School is governed by an 11-member Board of Directors, elected for 2-year terms by the Association of the International School of Hamburg. Membership in the Association is automatically conferred on the parents or guardians of children enrolled in the School.
Curriculum: The curriculum is an Anglo-American program which prepares students for entry into U.S. colleges and universities and for the International Baccalaureate. The School's testing program includes the College Board tests. Instruction is in English. German, Japanese, French, and Spanish are taught as foreign languages. An extensive English-as-an Additional-Foreign-Language program is offered in both the Junior School (grades 1-5) and Middle School (grades 6-8). Special education support is provided for children with moderate learning difficulties. The School is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and the Council of International Schools.
Faculty: In the 2011-2012 school year, there are 85 full-time and 12 part-time faculty members.
Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year, enrollment was 690 (PK: 56, Kdg.-grade 5: 285; grades 6-8: 147; and grades 9-12: 202).
Facilities: In September 1973, the School moved to its current facility, which is entirely owned by the School. In 1999 a new building housing the Early Childhood Centre was opened, and the entire School was refurbished. The facilities include a library/media center, a computer center, 5 science laboratories, a gymnasium, specialist rooms for visual education, music and dance, and an outside all-weather sports area. In January 2010, the school moved to a new premises, in a completely new state of the art school, with double gymnasium and extensive grounds in an exclusive suburb of Hamburg.
Finances: In the 2011-2012 school year the annual tuition rates are as follows: Primary 1::€9,100; Primary 2:.€9,800; Primary 3: €11,200; Grades 1-2: €14,250; Grades 3-5: €15,100; Grades 6-8: €16,200; Grades 9-10: €17,100; Grades 11-12: €17,800. There is a € 100 per child application fee. There is a one time non-refundable capital fee of €7,500 for students in grades 1-12. (These fees are payable in euros.) There is also a site development levy of €500 per student, up to €1000 per family.