International School of Schaffhausen: Zurich, Switzerland

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ISSH is a well-established private international boarding school in , Schaffhausennorthern Switzerland near Zurich. The school is located in German speaking part of Switzerland. Boarding section for 16-18 years old. An IB Diploma school in Switzerland. Over 30 nationalities are represented in our student body. This diversity of cultures, languages, faiths and experiences creates a learning and living environment which is extremely rich in perspectives and where care and respect for one another are fundamental.

Our Junior College boarding program is specifically designed for teenagers aged 16-19 from around the world. Students are invited to join our international community of learners, to share our passion for knowledge and to develop into lifelong learners. We offer a unique residential program and an international university entrance qualification, the IB Diploma, that will open doors to universities across Europe, America, Africa or Australasia. Due to our emphasis on fostering independence and the huge range of extra-curricular opportunities, our residential program develops responsible young adults who are well prepared for university life abroad and have a clear vision of their talents, strengths and goals for life. School was established in 1999 to offer highest quality education to students ages 3 to 19. The school is an IB world school leading eventually to university entrance. The majority of our students are from within the international local community (i.e. children of expatriates). We are now enhancing our offerings with a new residential program, called "ISSH Junior College". It offers an interesting alternative for internationally-oriented, ambitious high school students for whom a classic boarding school is not the right option. Preparing for an international career, ISSH offers an unexcelled European living standard along with possibilities to gain work experience in well-known global businesses and encourages the students to take social responsibility


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CHF 54,160 – CHF 56,180

About the school

The two ISSH boarding houses, each consisting of single-sex apartments and a shared living area with a well-equipped kitchen and lounge, are located near the Schaffhausen town center. The Head of Boarding and his team of boarding staff cater to the needs of our boarding students. On the weekends, they learn how to live independently, taking responsibility for organizing the weekend shopping, cooking and outings. In their home away from home, our boarders all engage in and contribute to community life. 

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The IB Diploma Programme (DP) is renowned for its depth and breadth of study. Students take 6 subjects plus “the core,” which comprises the Extended Essay, a Theory of Knowledge course and CAS (Creativity, Action, Service). The IB is recognized for its academic rigour and universities across the world consider the DP as one of the most prestigious university entrance certificates. Admissions officers know that an IB graduate is well prepared to tackle the challenges of university studies, as they have successfully mastered challenging and in-depth studies. IB graduates can choose to apply in over 60 countries. The subject choices allow for a specialization in the traditional fields of Sciences, Social Studies or Languages but each student takes courses in all fields. Thus the choice of which university pathway to take can remain open and the breath of study ensures a broad general knowledge in all fields. Most U.S. universities offer course credits to IB students in recognition of the rigour of the programme. This means that IB students can start with 2nd or 3rd semester courses due to their excellent foundation in the subject.  
The ISSH is certified in all 3 levels of the IB Programme (Primary Years, Middle Years, Diploma Years) and has an average point score for its graduating body that is above the average of the worldwide IB schools.  However, the ISSH really prides itself for giving individual and personal attention to every single student. The small and caring environment enables the ISSH to bring out the best in young people so that they achieve their full potential. The ISSH not only develops the intellect, it also nurtures the mind and body of the students through an enriched environment and by giving guidance and care through an excellent team of dedicated professionals. 
ISSH has recently established a cooperation with the newly-founded Schaffhausen Institute of Technology (SIT), a leading-edge, research-led university. SIT focuses on the strategic research domains of quantum technology, advanced materials, artificial intelligence, deep learning, and cybersecurity.  It is our intention to build up a strong curriculum in IT and these related fields through this cooperation. We are also planning to establish summer camps and preparatory courses. We want to contribute to building the next generation of digital leaders. 

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As an IB World School the ISSH has a long-standing history with the International Baccalaureate programmes that will open doors to universities across the world. The two-year IB Diploma programme is acknowledged as one of the world's leading educational programmes and is recognized by over 60 countries worldwide. The IB is designed to meet the needs of international students, both mother-tongue English and EAL (English as another Language). 

Students can choose subjects from a range of alternatives, ensuring breadth of knowledge so that their options are open in choosing the right university or professional career later on. 

The IB diploma graduates develop the skills and attitudes they need for both academic and personal success. Their understanding of languages, cultures and exploration of globally significant ideas and issues is what makes them stand out from their fellow students with a national curriculum background.  

The IB diploma not only opens the doors to universities worldwide but also focuses on the development of the whole person through one of the core requirements called CAS (Creativity, Activity, Service). CAS encourages students to be involved in artistic pursuits, sports and community service, thus fostering their appreciation for life outside the academic arena. 

Our values 'Take Responsibility', 'Be Unique' and 'Achieve Potential' are represented in every aspect of our school, especially in our residential programme. 

Languages are the key to success in a global society. The ISSH is an English-speaking community, whereby English is the language of communication and instruction. We have structures in place that provide extra support to students for whom English is not their mother tongue, so that they can reach their full potential. As the host country language, German can also be taken as an additional language. There are different levels of German on offer ranging from basic to mother-tongue courses. The German-speaking environment and the school's strong links to the Schaffhausen community enable our students to practice their German outside the classroom regularly. We also offer French and Spanish. 

Location Description

Schaffhausen, town of 35’000 inhabitants in Zurich north area, in close vicinity to Zurich airport (35 min), centrally located for exploration of Europe, outdoor and sporting activities (watersport, skiing, hiking, biking).

Mühlentalstrasse 280, CH-8200 Schaffhausen CH-8200

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