Founded in 1968, the International School of Düsseldorf (ISD) is a not-for-profit, independent, coeducational day school located in the heart of the international community of Kaiserswerth, a short walk from the Rhine. The school serves the needs of nearly 1,000 students from age 3 to grade 12 representing over 52 countries. Among the first International Baccalaureate World Schools, ISD has a proud history of supporting young people to pursue their dreams and ambitions, in all walks of life and in all corners of the globe. The school delivers an outstanding education that prepares students to be successful and inspires them to make a difference and an education that will equip them with the skills and aptitudes to tackle the global challenges they will face. ISD is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, by the Council of International Schools, and by the State of North Rhine Westphalia. As an International Baccalaureate World School, it is authorized for the IB Primary Years Program, the IB Middle Years Program and the IB Diploma Program. At ISD, every student is provided with the individual support they need to flourish, to discover pleasure in learning, to become autonomous and intrinsically motivated, and, ultimately, to become architects of their own futures.
Organization: The school is governed by an 8-member Board of Trustees and 3 ex-officio members. The first 7 are elected by the parents of children enrolled in the school and by the faculty and staff of the school who also have voting rights. One is appointed by the Board. One of the ex-officio members is a representative of the Consulate General of Japan, one is a representative of the Consulate General of the USA, and the third one is the Director.
Curriculum: The curriculum is international and is centered around the International Baccalaureate programs and its Learner’s Profile. ISD sees itself as an international community of learners. It puts a strong emphasis on inquiry; students are guided to take responsibility for their own learning; great care is given to their preparation for university studies. The language of instruction is English. Foreign languages taught are German, French, Spanish, and Japanese. English-as-Another-Language is offered in all grades, from Preparatory to grade 10. There is a strong sports and extracurricular program, including drama, music, visual arts, Girl Guides, and much more. A first language (mother tongue) program is offered in an increasing amount of languages.
Faculty: In the 2019-2020 school year there are 138 faculty members (128,5 full-time equivalent) from thirty countries. The majority of the faculty comes from the United States and Germany with the remainder coming from third countries. ISD has a creative, enthusiastic, and committed faculty and staff who work together to challenge and support their students to be successful and responsible in an evolving world.
Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year enrollment was 934.
Facilities: The school’s 10-acre campus includes eclectic and attractive senior school and elementary school buildings. Several purpose-built playgrounds serve the recreational needs of the younger and older students. A strong outdoor learning program has transformed the green areas into exciting learning gardens. The new senior sports and community center houses several modern practice courts for basketball or volleyball, 2 competition-size basketball courts, and inviting seating possibilities for spectators. ISD also has 3 libraries (2 of them with Makerspaces), 7 science laboratories, 5 computer rooms, a well-equipped design technology room, centers of excellence for the visual and performing arts, a 400-seat theater, and 3 cafeterias to serve the needs of the students. Down the road, ISD has top-of-the-range sports fields which can host many national and international teams.
Finances: The school’s nonprofit status allows all income to be invested back into the school for the benefit of its students. In the 2019-2020 school year, the school’s income derives from regular day contributions.
Information and statistics are current as of October 2019 and are provided by the school.