The International School of Düsseldorf (ISD) is a coeducational; college preparatory school enrolling nearly 1050 students from over 50 countries in Reception through grade 12. The faculty includes teachers from close to twenty-five countries. The School was founded in 1968 by a group of American parents resident in Düsseldorf who wished to provide an international education for their children while preserving their own cultural and educational traditions.
Organization: The School is governed by a seven-member Board of Trustees + 3 ex-officio members. The first seven are elected by the parents of children enrolled in the School and by the faculty and staff of the School and have voting rights. An Advisory Board, composed of six members from the wider community and one alumni, is the guardian of ISD’s institutional memory and the bridge to the wider community.
Curriculum: The curriculum is international, centered around the programs of the International Baccalaureate with strong emphasis on academic rigor and preparation for university studies. The language of instruction is English. Foreign languages taught are: German, French, Spanish, Japanese and Korean. English-as-another-language is offered at all grades, starting in Kindergarten. Numerous extra-curricular activities are available in sports, drama, music and visual arts. A first language (mother tongue) program is offered in an increasing amount of languages. The School is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and the Council of International Schools and is an International Baccalaureate World School (authorized for the three IB programs).
Faculty: In the 2011-2012 school year there are 135 (full-time equivalent) faculty members.
Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year enrollment was 1,050.
Facilities: The School’s ten-acre campus includes senior school and elementary school buildings. Several purpose-built playgrounds serve the recreational needs of the younger and older students. The senior school gymnasium houses 2 practice courts for basketball or volleyball, a competition-size basketball court, changing rooms, seating for spectators and office and storage spaces. The elementary school gymnasium is fully equipped for younger students. ISD also had 3 libraries, 7 science laboratories, 5 computer rooms, an equipped design technology room, a 400-seat theater and 3 cafeterias to serve the needs of its students. Down the road, ISD has soccer fields and tennis courts complemented by changing rooms and a club-house.
Finances: In the 2011-2012 school year, the School’s income derives from regular day tuition and membership fees. Annual tuition rates are as follows: Reception – grade 5: €13,380; grades 6-8: €14,410; grades 9-10: €15,365; grades 11-12: €17,090. The registration fee for new students is €4,630. (All fees are quoted in euros.)