Mission Statement

The International School of Berne (ISBerne), established in 1961, is a creative learning community for students from all over the world. Within the framework of the three International Baccalaureate Programmes, guided by ISBerne teachers and staff, students have the opportunity to become open-minded, principled, knowledgeable, confident lifelong learners and multilingual citizens of the world who respect themselves and others.

School Philosophy

The strong educational curriculum follows a philosophy of education based on the principles of educating the whole person; of promoting international understanding; of education through a broad, balanced curriculum; and of respect for and tolerance of cultural diversity. The elementary and middle school programme includes French and German, music, visual arts, theatre arts, the sciences, humanities, mathematics, and English. The grade 5 students complete their elementary education with an Exhibition, which celebrates their learning over their six years in elementary school. The middle school students complete their educational programme through a Personal Project in grade 10. The IB Diploma programme in grades 11 and 12 is a comprehensive and rigorous two-year curriculum to prepare students for university entrance. Students choose six subjects to study, write an Extended Essay, follow a Theory of Knowledge Course, and complete a Community, Action and Service Program.