International School Basel
Fleischbachstrasse 2 | 4153 Reinach BL | Switzerland | +41 61 715 33 33
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Mission Statement

The mission of the International School Basel is to provide an international education to the highest recognized academic standards.

The School is committed to promoting learning, cultural awareness and international understanding and to developing respect and appreciation for people of all nationalities, religions and cultural backgrounds.

Philosophy and Objectives of the School

The School is committed to:

Enabling students to develop active, enquiring minds and effective learning skills

  • through fostering a positive attitude to education and life-long learning
  • by actively encouraging students to take responsibility within the learning process
  • by facilitating the development of effective study skills and their application
  • by guiding students to set personal goals to help them reach their potential
  • by encouraging students to evaluate and reflect on the information they receive and critically analyse its relevance and application
  • through teaching students to communicate effectively and imaginatively
  • by creating the opportunity to give differing views in an atmosphere of mutual trust, dignity and respect

Striving for the highest educational standards in an international context

  • through an accredited, balanced and rigorous international curriculum
  • by encouraging academic excellence
  • through regular assessment to inform the learning process

Promoting education beyond the purely academic

  • by providing opportunities for students to develop emotionally, physically, creatively and socially
  • by developing a culture within the school that reflects the spirit of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights
  • by enabling students to understand the relevance of their learning
  • by encouraging students to appreciate that knowledge from all learning is inter-related
  • by encouraging students to use problem-solving skills in a variety of situations
  • by ensuring that students are prepared with the necessary skills, concepts and knowledge to be effectively involved in an ever-changing society

Encouraging students to develop a sense of responsibility and to appreciate that alternative opinions are also valid

  • by encouraging students to make a positive contribution to the school, local and global communities
  • by offering opportunities to enhance understanding, empathy and involvement with a variety of social, cultural and national groups
  • by presenting opportunities to take responsibility for themselves and others
  • by developing an awareness of the consequences of decisions and actions
  • by requiring students to uphold the virtues of academic honesty and integrity
  • by developing an awareness of human achievement and aspirations, and the search for social justice
  • by promoting an awareness of environmental issues and encouraging students to take positive action
  • by promoting a culture of peace

Promoting a safe and supportive learning environment so that students thrive educationally

  • by promoting a one-school ethos, whilst recognising the differing needs of junior, middle and high school students
  • by helping students to adjust to the transient school community
  • by placing students at their appropriate grade level, taking into account continuity of education, their age, knowledge of English and intellectual and social maturity
  • through the provision of limited support for students with exceptional learning needs
  • through maintaining facilities and resources appropriate for an international education programme

Promoting education as a partnership involving students, teachers and parents

  • by facilitating parents’ and students’ understanding of the purpose and value of a holistic approach to education
  • by communicating to parents the knowledge, skills and concepts students will be exposed to during the course of a programme
  • by providing formal and informal opportunities for three-way communication
  • by providing parents and students with regular communication indicating student achievement and progress
  • by providing appropriate advice and support before transferring to the next stage of education

Recruiting, retaining and developing faculty who will contribute to the academic and pastoral development of the students at ISB

  • by providing opportunities and encouragement for staff to continue their professional development
  • through staff appraisal, identifying areas of strength and developmental needs
  • by cultivating an open culture in which staff are encouraged to express ideas and opinions
  • by encouraging faculty to participate actively in the development of the school
  • by recognising the need to maintain a work-life balance
  • by supporting faculty through a well equipped and maintained physical environment

A process of continuous improvement

  • through actively seeking feedback from the school community
  • through external benchmarking
  • by evaluating and updating existing policies and practices
  • by maintaining an awareness of trends in education and their potential impact



About ISB

Situated in a beautiful and dynamic region of Switzerland, ISB is an English-speaking international day school which provides students aged 3-18 with the education, support and inspiration they need to become global citizens.



ISB has many years’ experience supporting students and families from all over the world. We accept students throughout the School year, dependent on availability of space and fulfillment of entry requirements. 


ISB is an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School. Currently studied by over one million students in 148 countries, the IB prepares students with the intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills needed to live, learn and work in a rapidly globalising world.


ISB is situated on three campuses, all easily accessible by public transport.

Student Services

The facilities, technological and personnel support on offer at ISB make a vital contribution to the academic, social and emotional development of all students at the School.

Student Life

Sports, drama, music, art, debate, representation, recreation – at ISB, there are numerous ways for students of all ages to cooperate and compete to improve existing skills or try something new.

Parent Community


Individual parents and parent groups constitute an indispensable part of the vibrant community of ISB. 

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