International School of Hamburg

ISH combines the International Primary Curriculum, the IB Middle Years Program, and the IB Diploma Program to offer an internationally minded, values-driven education that flows seamlessly from kindergarten through to university entry qualification.

Seamless portable education for a global community

Founded in 1957, the International School of Hamburg (ISH) was the very first of its kind in Germany. To this day it remains the only institution in Hamburg accredited by the Council of International Schools. For more than half a century we have been fulfilling the needs of internationally minded parents who desire an excellent full-day education for their children. 

ISH offers the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) and the International Baccalaureate (IB) - two globally recognised curricular models that foster critical thinking, creativity, a spirit of independent enquiry, and international-mindedness as well as high academic standards.

Specifically, we combine the IPC (ages 3-10), the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) (ages 11-16), and the IB Diploma Programme (DP) (ages 17-19) to offer a seamless flow from kindergarten/preschool right through to university entry qualification. By using the existing network of several thousand IPC and IB schools, internationally mobile parents can avoid the many challenges associated with switching between national education systems. In other words: IPC and IB make education portable.


A mosaic of nations – Many languages – One community

Our 750+ students currently represent more than 50 nationalities. We recruit highly qualified, experienced teachers and administrators from all over the world to create a vibrant, nurturing, student-centered learning experience. Many of our teachers serve as IB examiners, curriculum leaders and/or professional development providers.

Our language of instruction is English, yet speakers of all languages benefit from our English as an Additional Language (EAL) program. Students who arrive with little knowledge of English are enabled to access the curriculum as quickly as possible and go on to thrive in our school. We also provide opportunities for students to study their mother tongue language during the curricular day or after school.


Educating open-minded, responsible students to develop their full potential

Recognising our responsibility to prepare our students for global citizenship, our mission is to provide them with an international education which seeks to develop their full potential and to foster understanding, respect for others, freedom of thought and expression, enjoyment of learning and personal responsibility.

Our graduates have been able to successfully connect their educational experience to an ever-changing world of employment, advanced study at prestigious universities, the arts, or humanitarian service.

If you are a parent who seeks an excellent international education for your children, a qualification with global acceptance, and a unique community spirit, contact us to learn more.


Contact & Admissions

Ms Catherine Bissonnet 

Office hours Monday to Friday 08:30 to 16:30