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We are a fully accredited, International Baccalaureate® (IB) World School providing education for students aged 3 to 18 in Switzerland’s capital. Since 1961, our school has had a long-standing reputation for innovative and highly qualified teachers, world-class facilities, a diverse community, and excellent academic results.

As the only school in the Berne region and one of a few in Switzerland to offer the entire IB continuum, our curriculum gives students a coherence of programs and a sustainable learning experience whether your child continues to study at our school or elsewhere.

Along with flexible diploma options and highly experienced English as an additional language support team, our school offers children the necessary resources and tools to realise their full potential and reach their future goals.

Explore our Programmes

Early Learning

The Early Learning Centre (ELC), for children aged 3-5, is the first stage –and an integral component of– the IB PYP at ISBerne. In the ELC we aim to create a safe, secure and highly motivating preschool environment that is both warm and inviting. Read more.

Primary Years Programme

The International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IB PYP), for students aged 5-11, focuses on the development of the whole child, addressing social, physical, and emotional needs while providing an active learning environment for the developing young mind. Read more.

Middle Years Programme

The International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (IB MYP), for students aged 11-16. Alongside traditional subject areas, Service as Action is an integral part of the IB MYP and of life at ISBerne. All students finish their MYP programme in Grade 10 when they complete the Personal Project (a major piece of independent study) Read more.

Diploma Programme

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB DP) for students in Grades 11 -12. It is a rigorous, internationally recognised Diploma accepted at universities worldwide. In addition to the IB Diploma, ISBerne offers a fully accredited U.S. High School Diploma. Read more.

Student Support

ISBerne offers three primary areas of support for students. English as a School Language (ESL), Pastoral Care for the emotional well-being of the students and Learning Support for students with low to low-moderate learning needs. Read more.

Testimonials

ISBerne encourages children to think and challenge and not just accept.

My child is really enjoying the school. I think the Middle Years’ Program brings students out of the “child stage” and into the “teenager stage” quite well.

I love the reasoned judgments inculcated in my child, and the ethical values taught in tandem with the general academics.

It is the teachers at ISBerne that make the school. They are fantastic.

The International Baccalaureate teachers give above and beyond the level of excellent support for IB students with help during breaks and may extra hours to seek support and help. My child’s teachers have worked hard to help my child succeed.

Our child enjoys ISBerne very much and feels comfortable at the school.

The teachers at ISBerne are amazing. My children have been very lucky to have experienced so many teachers over the last four years.

ISBerne is truly international and yet homey.

We appreciate ISBerne’s unique qualities – such as its small size, the interaction between classes and year groups, the attention to a holistic inquisitive approach to learning.

ISBerne is perfect; everything works well!

Having joined less than a year ago, my child is happy to go to school every day and is making great progress academically, showing greater confidence and skills development.

The teachers are passionate about their subjects and really focus on the children’s individual learning.

The teachers are very easily reached at break times and via email to provide feedback on assignments. They have been an incredible support system!

The teachers have quite a challenging task to balance so many different learning needs on a daily basis, and they seem to do it with ease.

My daughter loves school, and I have not once heard her complain about school and the environment. She has NEVER encountered bullying or disruptive behavior in class.

My kids love going to school – That’s what matters!

We are very pleased with the teachers in our son’s Diploma Program. The teachers are very committed to improving our son’s academic progress.

The writing skills of my Kindergarten student improved amazingly!

Very enthusiastic and patient team which is important for a young and growing mind.

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