Welcome to ISBerne Online
We wish you a warm welcome to ISBerne Online.
On behalf of our Board of Directors, innovative school leaders, dedicated teachers, supportive parents, and committed students, we wish you a warm welcome and enthusiastic introduction to ISBerne Online, the new online school of the International School of Berne (ISBerne).
At our campus in Bern, Switzerland, our school has provided a high quality academic programme for 50 years. We are proud of our teachers who guide and challenge students to take control and responsibility of their individual learning. Each year we develop reflective and engaged students – it starts with our 3-year olds and continues up to our 18 or 19-year old graduates. As an international school with strong academic programmes, our dedication to excellence in international education is well established. We are proud of our students who have consistently scored high on IB and SAT exams, achieved acceptance to top universities and colleges around the world, and have become aware and active global citizens.
When we charted a course for ISBerne Online almost two years ago, we knew that we wanted to build a different online school for the international community and we knew it would take time to get it right. Firstly, we wanted the online school to be balanced – because we believe that the evidence shows that online learning must be aligned with a student’s learning style. We aren’t surprised when one student finds success in online coursework and another struggles. Secondly, we worked to ensure that the programme is blended – because our master teachers have much to offer both in the classroom and through the computer – and we want our online students to take advantage of our campus resources. Lastly, we knew that the online students need to be socially connected – socialisation is not lost in online schools provided that learners have a supportive community of mentors, parents and peers.
With ISBerne Online, we are thrilled to be opening our educational philosophy to students around the world – with a new vision for online education and impressive partnerships to support our online school. We are excited to be backed by the leader in online high school education, K12 Inc. K12’s International Academy educates over 4000 students around the world. We have a complete curriculum for Grades 6 to 12 (ages 11 – 19), have an impressive list of core, comprehensive and AP courses.
For IB students, we are one of 4 schools globally who are authorized to offer IS Courses online through the IB Open World Schools Pilot Programme. Although an IB Diploma is not available at this time, we look forward to working with the IBO and Pamoja Education on continuing to grow the online offerings available to students interested in the IB. (UPDATE: As of 2014, the International Baccalaureate has cancelled the Open World Schools Pilot Programme. Students must be enrolled and physically attend an IB school to take IB courses in person or online. Therefore, ISBerne Online no longer offers IB courses.) Successful ISBerne Online full-time graduates receive an accredited international high school diploma from the International School of Berne. Part-time students receive official transcripts with transferable credit to schools around the world.
Are you a current high school student? Are you seeking a programme that allows you choice and flexibility, and expects you to take charge of your learning? If so, ISBerne Online is the school you have been looking for. Are you a parent seeking a new educational future for your son or daughter? Contact us to discuss your situation and share how ISBerne Online can help.
Please feel free to explore our website and find what we offer from our unique setting in the heart of Switzerland. If you require any further information please do not hesitate contact us, or better still come and visit us if your travels bring you to Switzerland. Our team will be pleased to answer your questions.
And if it’s the right fit, we will be thrilled to welcome your family to ISBerne and ISBerne Online.
The ISBerne Online Administrative Team