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An international school education is second to none. Not only do students learn in an environment with peers, faculty, and staff from around the world, international schools are often a place where students can learn using programmes supported by the International Baccalaureate (IB) Organization, which also gives them a great opportunity to prep themselves for a university atmosphere. 

Of course, we are aware that when it comes to enrolling your child into any particular school, there will be many questions along the way. At the International School of Düsseldorf (ISD) we understand that and have put together in-depth virtual tours of both our elementary school and our senior school so that you can not only get a sneak peek into behind-the-scenes in a working classroom, but also hopefully answer many of those questions you initially started out with.


Take a Virtual Tour of the ISD Elementary School

At the International School of Düsseldorf Elementary School, we believe that every child should be supported to flourish, whatever their abilities, interests, or needs may be. This is at the heart of everything we do at our school. We recognise that children learn most effectively when they are free to be imaginative and encouraged to connect with their passions. These values are central to the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP), which serves as our curriculum framework.

No matter what it is your child loves, or how they prefer to learn, they will discover a caring, supportive, and exciting learning environment at ISD. 

Take a Virtual Tour of the ISD Senior School

Students at the International School of Düsseldorf Senior School experience learning that is designed to inspire young people to contemplate the world around them and to make practical connections between their learning and the real world. We prepare our students to become autonomous in their learning and driven to contribute to their communities in positive and meaningful ways. At ISD, our priority is ensuring that every student is empowered to discover and connect with their individual interests and talents so that they can thrive at school and beyond. 


The benefit of enrolling your child in an international school with an IB programme

We mentioned IB programmes above,  but unless you’re already familiar with the term, the benefits that come with enrolling at a school with a IB programme might still be a bit unclear.

For over 52 years, IB programmes have supported students to grow into curious and responsible world citizens. At their core, these programmes are about giving children the tools they need to flourish, while at the same time inspiring them to make a difference in the world beyond the classroom. 

There are many benefits to choosing a school with an IB programme, here are just a few to consider: 


Offers academic breadth and depth

Students who graduate with an IB Diploma report feeling prepared for the rigours of university coursework. The IB helps students to develop strong skills in critical reasoning, creative problem solving, and time management. Of course, these are valuable skills in any work or study setting, but especially relevant at university.


Creates independent learners and strong writers

Students who are part of an IB programme at an international school are encouraged to think independently and critically, to find their own voice. Through inquiry-based learning, students think through issues and create solutions after thoughtful research and inquiry. Students who graduate with an IB diploma are required to perform independent research as part of an in-depth 4,000 word extended essay.


Cultivates an international mindset

Through classroom discussion, travel experiences, and acquiring languages, an international education fosters an environment where students develop a diverse world view as well as an appreciation for people and cultures around the globe. An international mindset is a crucial asset in today’s globalised world and can help differentiate students when applying to universities.


Encourages critical thinking

Crucial to learning as part of the IB programmes in an international school are inquisitiveness and interpretation. Students are encouraged to analyse, connect, reflect, synthesise, assess, question, and reason as part of their daily learning. These skills become second nature and help students stand apart from their peers.


Provides meaningful experiences beyond the classroom

The concept of service to others, both locally and globally, is a cornerstone of the IB programmes. Service is not taught nor learned in isolation; rather, students engage with their local communities in trash clean-ups, climate change action, and more. And, as students grow and learn, their experiences can span the globe and directly impact communities for the better.

Upon graduation, students who have experienced education as part of an international school with an IB focus are equipped with the skills and aptitudes to tackle the global challenges they will face. In our rapidly changing world – a world that is digitally connected and in which all knowledge is available within seconds – students are equipped with the passion and courage to go on learning throughout life and the creativity to dream of a better world, wherever their future may take them. 

The International School of Düsseldorf has proudly offered the International Baccalaureate programme since 1978. Students from age 3 through grade 12 can experience an international education, with over 55 nationalities represented, while learning as part of an IB curriculum. 

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