Recognitions

Driven by quality standards

The Mission Statement drives all that is undertaken at ISB. To achieve this, accreditation and authorisation agencies are regularly invited to ISB to ensure that appropriate and rigorous standards set by the organisations are met.

Accreditations

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Council of International Schools

The Council of International Schools (CIS) is a membership community committed to high quality international education. The CIS community includes 711 schools and 512 colleges and universities representing 112 countries.

New England Association of Schools and Colleges

Founded in 1885, the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) has been working to establish and maintain high standards for all levels of education longer than any other accreditation agency in the United States.

Authorizations

International Baccalaureate

The International Baccalaureate® (IB) is a non-profit educational foundation founded in 1968 offering highly respected programmes of international education that develop the intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills needed to live, learn and work in a globalizing world. The IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) and IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) are programme frameworks that enable schools to internally develop their curriculum based on the local context. The IB Diploma Programme (DP) is prescribed in order to prepare for the IB's externally validated examinations leading to university entrance.

ISB is authorized to offer the following three IB programmes:

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Grade 11 - 12 (ages 16 to 19)

Introduced by the IB - 1968
Authorised at ISB - 1995

Research suggests many benefits to choosing the Diploma Programme (DP). The programme aims to develop students who have excellent breadth and depth of knowledge – students who flourish physically, intellectually, emotionally and ethically.
 

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Grade 6 - 10 (ages 11 to 16)

Introduced by the IB - 1994
Authorised at ISB - 2001

A challenging framework that encourages students to make practical connections between their studies and the real world, the Middle Years Programme (MYP) is inclusive by design; students of all interests and academic abilities can benefit from their participation.
 

MYP in Grade 8-10

MYP in Grade 6-7

EC 1 - Grade 5 (ages 3 to 11)

Introduced by the IB - 1997
Authorised at ISB - 2003

The Primary Years Programme (PYP) prepares students to become active, caring, lifelong learners who demonstrate respect for themselves and others and have the capacity to participate in the world around them. It focuses on the development of the whole child.

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Memberships

Association for the Advancement of International Education

As a global community that connects diverse people, ideas, and resources, AAIE helps international educators lead with vision, wisdom and integrity.

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Association for Music in International Schools

The Association for Music in International Schools (AMIS) is dedicated to the promotion of excellence at all levels of music education in international schools.

College Board

The College Board is a dynamic, member-led, mission-driven not-for-profit organization that connects students to college success. ISB is an authorized SAT exam centre.

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Duke of Edinburgh's International Award

From volunteering to physical activities, life skills to expeditions, achieving a DofE Award is a passport to a brighter future, valued by employers and universities.

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Educational Collaborative for International Schools

The Educational Collaborative for International Schools is a non-profit global membership organisation that provides professional learning, research, advocacy, and funding for its members.

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Exam Board of the Royal Schools of Music

ABRSM is the UK’s largest music education body, one of its largest music publishers and the world’s leading provider of music exams, holding over 650,000 assessments in more than 90 countries every year. ISB is an official exam centre for ABRSM.

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International Schools Athletics Association

This organisation is made up of 15 international schools from seven countries. Currently, the league hosts events for the following Varsity Teams: Basketball, Cross-Country, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track & Field, and Volleyball.

International Schools Sports League

This organisation is made up of five international schools from northern and southern Switzerland. Sports tournaments are organised in a wide range of sports and for three levels of competition based on skill level/grade groupings.

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Sports Council of International Schools

This organisation is made up 14 International Schools in seven different European countries. Sports tournaments are organised in a wide range of sports and for three levels of competition based on skill level/year level groupings.

Swiss Group of International Schools

This organisation exists to support international schools in Switzerland and neighbouring countries in achieving their educational goals and to provide representation on issues of common interest. Approximately 40 schools are involved in sports, the great majority of whom participate in tournaments held throughout the year in a wide range of sports and over six categories based on age-groupings.

WIDA International Consortium

Helping multilingual learners – and their educators – reach their potential.

Partnerships

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Sinfonieorchester Basel

The ISB Music Department is delighted to be continuing its educational partnership with the Sinfonieorchester Basel. A long-standing Basel institution, the ensemble was founded in 1876 and has been known by its current name since 1997. The group gives regular performances in Basel, both at the Stadtcasino and as part of Theater Basel opera productions. They are also an active recording ensemble, and regularly tour different parts of the world.

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TheateR Basel

We are very excited to continue the collaborative venture between ISB and Theater Basel, one of the most dynamic and renowned theaters not only in Switzerland, but in Europe.

Theater Basel is Switzerland’s largest theater working in three distinct art forms. It offers the tri-national metropolitan region a broad and ambitious programme in the fields of opera, theater and ballet, as well as provision for children and young people.

References

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Google Reference School

As a recognized Google Reference School, ISB is joining a select group of schools and colleges in Switzerland who are recognized by Google for their outstanding use of technology to drive positive learning outcomes.

Being part of the Google Reference Schools program means that our use of G-Suite throughout the school and our good practice in utilising its tools can be referenced and displayed to offer support to other schools. We are able to provide training opportunities for colleagues and will continue to work closely with Google in supporting the use, development and deployment of future technologies for use in schools.

Learn more about Technology and Learning at ISB