INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF DÜSSELDORF
Re-imagining education in a fast-moving world
Historically, standardised education prepared students to become productive workers for an industrialised society. Today, we live in exponentially changing times where diversity and creativity are highly valued. We cannot predict what the future holds for our students, but we expect that they will live in a very different world; a world that is digitally connected, where all knowledge is available within seconds. Schools must reevaluate what they do to ensure they remain relevant to the needs of all students. Our goal at ISD is to inspire our students to become self-directed learners, creative thinkers, and compassionate global citizens, who can flourish in a dynamic world.
A world-class education, for whatever your child may do
Founded in 1968, the International School of Düsseldorf is a not-for-profit, independent, co-educational day school located in the heart of the international community of Kaiserswerth. Due to our non-profit status, all our income is invested back into the school for the benefit of our students.
Our school has a proud 50-year history of supporting young people to pursue their dreams and ambitions, in all walks of life, and in all corners of the globe. We deliver an outstanding education that prepares our students to be successful and inspires them to make a difference; an education that will equip them with the skills and aptitudes to tackle the global challenges they will face.
In our rapidly changing world we imagine that our students will need the passion and courage to go on learning throughout life and the creativity to dream of a better world. At ISD, we are committed to providing every student 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.
- Council of International Schools
- International Baccalaureate Organization
- New England Association of Schools & Colleges
- State of North Rhine-Westphalia, Department of Education
- Serves students aged 3 to 18
- Students-Faculty ratio: 8.5:1
- Maximum class size: 22 students
- Approximately 1,000 students from 55 different countries
- Official language of instruction is English, native German language programmes
- An International Baccalaureate (IB) flagship school
- Primary (PYP), Middle Years (MYP), and Diploma (DP) Programmes encourage personal and academic development and support students to become inquisitive, life-long learners
- Integrated use of technology throughout all grade levels
- Dedicated team of university and college-educated, credentialled and professional international teachers
- Approximately 150 full- and part-time faculty from 24 different countries
Sports and Activities
- Extensive sports programme – local and international competitions
- Wide selection of cultural, creative and physical after-school and special interest activities
- Mother tongue programmes
- Private music lessons performance opportunities
- Parent Volunteer Centre (PVC) welcomes and helps arriving, departing and residing families
- Large number of volunteer and parent development opportunities
- Community sports and music opportunities for adults
- Annual community events including ‘International Fest’ to celebrate cultural diversity
- English as an Additional Language (EAL) support to acquire linguistic competence
- Access to outstanding personal counselling for all students
- Learning support to help students meet their potential
- Robust health services
Career and University Planning
- Choice of 56 IB courses
- Detailed, individualised career and university planning from grade 9 onwards
- Expert guidance with worldwide university applications
By ISD, edited by Vincent Green / Jun 12 2020
The International School of Düsseldorf delivers an outstanding education that prepares our students to be successful and inspires them to make a difference. ISD supports young people to pursue their dreams and ambitions, in all walks of life, and in all corners of the globe.
ISD core values are central to the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme, that 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.
When students enrol in the International School of Düsseldorf, their families are also welcomed into our diverse global community. Just as learning to be a world citizen does not end in the classroom for our students, the ISD experience does not end at the school gate for their parents.
Original language movies are popular among expats in Düsseldorf. Films are frequently screened in English at a variety of cinemas in original with subtitles, known as OmU or Original mit Untertitel and without, portrayed as OV or Original Version.
Germans, on the whole, love and respect pets and are friendly towards dogs. Dogs are permitted on public transport and inside restaurants but keeping a pet on a leash is a must. Dog ownership in Düsseldorf is highly regulated and taxed through a compulsory licence fee.
Welcome to Düsseldorf
Big city business and small town charm unite to create a vibrant and safe choice of relocation for expats. Modern and old architecture sit comfortably alongside wide river banks and charming urban districts. Enjoy the city!