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A warm welcome to prospective parents and students from our Director Denise Coates...

The International School of Berne (ISBerne) provides a high-quality academic programme which encourages students to be reflective and involved in the learning process. This starts in the Early Learning Centre and progresses through to Grade 12.

Our dedication to excellence in international education has been part of the school drive to develop as an International Baccalaureate World School.

The school’s IB Diploma programme was established in 1995; we were authorised to offer the IB Primary Years Programme in January 2007 and the IB Middle Years Programme in April 2007. We are one of only nine schools in Switzerland offering three IB programmes.

ISBerne continues to offer, in addition to the IB, an accredited US High School Diploma.

Through our IB programmes, ISBerne students are well-prepared for the future and develop an understanding of cultural diversity, collaboration and independent learning.

With over 275 students from over 40 countries and staff from 12 nations, we are truly an international community.

Please explore our website and discover what we offer in our unique setting in the heart of Switzerland.

If you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact the school, or better still, come and visit us. Our staff will be pleased to give you a tour and answer your questions.

We are looking forward to seeing you soon at ISBerne.

Denise Coates

State-of-the-Art Campus

The International School of Berne has moved three times over the lifetime of the school. The most recent move being in April 2017, to our new purpose-built campus.  Read more…


ISBerne is very proud of its experienced and diverse team of international educators. The school has a faculty of 49 full and part-time teachers representing 12 nationalities. Read more…

Mission and Values

ISBerne is a creative learning community for students from all over the world. Our strong educational curriculum is built upon IB pedagogy. Read more…


In March 2015 the International School of Berne welcomed the visiting teams representing the Council of International Schools, the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and the International Baccalaureate. Read more…


The International School of Berne first officially appeared under the name of the English Speaking School of Berne in October 1961. Read more…

Graduate Destinations

ISBerne offers the prestigious IB Diploma as well as the ISBerne High School Diploma.

At the lnternational School of Berne, we take university preparation seriously to ensure the best possible outcome for each student as they look towards continuing their education. Open communication is the key to successful applications and acceptance, as student and family desires are matched with realistic academic and social choices.

The success of our graduates illustrates that an education from the International School of Berne is a proven investment in your child’s future. We pride ourselves on providing students with the academic preparation, hands-on experience and global outlook necessary to stay competitive in their chosen field. Our school’s primary goal is our Grade 12 students careful evaluate their post-secondary options and gain admission to their programme(s) of choice.


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.

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.

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.

ISBerne is perfect; everything works well!

From the bottom of my heart; thank you. Our stay in Switzerland has been fantastic thanks to ISBerne!

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

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.

I love our new cafeteria! There is always a variety of delicious food and the staff are incredibly friendly!

The true multi-cultural community of ISBerne is a huge strength of the school. Students learn to debate each other and learn new points of view respectfully. A globally-minded child is very valuable.

I love the community feel at ISBerne.

The school gives a warm welcome to international children, focusing on social development and open-minded education.

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.

ISBerne is vibrant, multi-cultural and open.

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

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.

The people who work in the cafeteria are amazing. They make the cafeteria such a welcoming environment. Always a smile on their faces.

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

My children truly enjoy learning about their classmates’ cultures and experiences. I hope they continue to be open-minded and tolerant when we return to the US.

We appreciate ISBerne’s location in a safe and centrally located country that ensures diverse learning and sporting opportunities.

The ‘After School Activities’ have been outstanding this year – thank you, we really appreciate it.

My child loves the cafeteria food and he has already tried so many new flavours.

My son loves learning about the countries and cultures of his classmates; this is priceless.

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

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

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

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

ISBerne is truly international and yet homey.

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