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The International School of Stuttgart is an international, coeducational day school, which offers an educational program from an early childhood three-year-old class through grade 12 for students of all nationalities. The school was founded in 1985 and offers all three IB programs on two campuses. Accredited by NEASC, ISS has been awarded local MINT (STEM) and Digitale Schule certification and is widely recognized as the leading secondary educational institution in our region. The school year, extending from late August to end of June, is comprised of two semesters.

Organization:  The school is governed by an executive board and a supervisory board of trustees; each trustee is elected for a three-year term. The board appoints and evaluates the head of school as the sole member of the executive board vested with operational authority. The Whole School Strategic Leadership team consists of the Finance Manager and Human Resources Manager; the Director of Admissions; three Divisional Educational Leaders (Principals) the Director of Information Technology and the Strategic Development Manager. The school is recognized as a non-profit institution under German law.

Curriculum: Our mission to actively inspire, challenge and support our students and each other to positively impact our dynamic and interconnected world. ISS offers all three IB programs, IB PYP from Early Years to grade 5, IB MYP from grade 6 to grade 10 and IB DP in grades 11 and 12. The ISS Middle Years Program certificate is recognized by the German state as a Mittlere Reife qualification. Germany also recognizes the IB Diploma as Abitur equivalent (Allgemeine Hochschulreife). In addition, ISS is accredited to award a U.S. high school diploma at the end of grade 12. Graduates matriculate throughout the world. They are supported in their university application by the College & careers Counsellor. ISS offers a range of academic support services to children with mild levels of need, including differentiated instruction, learning accommodations, and program modifications. English-as-an-Additional-Language (EAL) services are available for students with limited English language skills and there is a robust home and family language program in our lower schools. The school offers German language learning at every grade and proficiency level and makes extensive use of Stuttgart and surrounding regions as cultural and curriculum resources.

Faculty: In the 2023-2024 school year, ISS has 222 total staff including 172 teachers, 44 of whom are U.S. citizens, 41 host-country nationals, and 89 third-country nationals. All teaching faculty maintain a teaching certificate/credential and or program authorization equivalents.

Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2023-2024 school year, enrollment was 915. Of the total, 347 were U.S. citizens, 200 were host-country nationals, and 365 were third-country nationals.

Facilities: The school is located on two campuses. The larger, Degerloch campus consists of two modern purpose-built buildings for early years classes and grades 1 through 12, together with numerous language rooms for German, French, Spanish, and English-as-an-Additional-Language in addition to two sports gymnasiums, renovated science laboratories and two libraries. Currently the campus is being rebuilt as a state-of-the-art collaborative facility which will include a full-service kitchen and multiple service areas, a multi-purpose auditorium, expanded performing and visual arts, makerspaces and expanded design/technology rooms and state of the art flexible middle school cluster areas with ample outdoor learning space. Construction will be completed in 2024. The Sindelfingen campus is housed in a modern former bank building, and classrooms, serving kindergarten through grade 10 students, are bright and open. There is a library, a cafeteria area, performance space and a central meeting/assembly space known as “Treffpunkt Learning.” Upgraded science facilities, a new art and design facility and recently renovated playground facilities are key elements on this campus.

Finances: For the 2023-2024 school year, about 91% of the school’s income derives from school tuition and state-funded registration fees. Annual tuition rates are as follows: Early Years; $14,020; Kindergarten: $17,790; Grades 1-5: $19,480; Grades 6-8: $20,855 ; Grades 9-10: $21,480; Grades 11-12: $22,990. Admissions fee is $800 and One Time Capitol fee is $9,600 (fees are quoted approximately in U.S. dollars – school fees are published and invoiced in € Euro).

Special Needs: Review the Special Needs Profile for this school to learn more about their capability to support students with exceptionalities.

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