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International School of Hamburg Early Childhood Centre (ECC)

Our ECC offers an internationally minded, values-driven educational experience for ages 3-5. Caring staff, small class sizes and modern facilities make it a nurturing learning environment your children will look forward to visiting every day.


From kindergarten to university

Founded in 1957, the International School of Hamburg (ISH) was the very first of its kind in Germany. To this day it remains the only institution in Hamburg accredited by the Council of International Schools. For more than half a century we have been fulfilling the needs of internationally minded parents who desire an excellent full-day education for their children.

ISH offers the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) and the International Baccalaureate (IB) - two globally recognised curricular models that foster critical thinking, creativity, a spirit of independent enquiry, and international-mindedness as well as high academic standards.

Specifically, we combine the IPC (ages 3-10), the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) (ages 11-16), and the IB Diploma Programme (DP) (ages 17-19) to offer a seamless flow from kindergarten/preschool right through to university entry qualification.


Balanced learning with a global connection

From our Early Childhood Centre (kindergarten/preschool, ages 3–5) through to the Junior School (ages 6-10), the IPC at ISH offers children a global, structured and research-based program of learning designed to connect the classroom to today’s modern world. With academic and personal learning targets at every developmental level, the curriculum at the International School of Hamburg offers a healthy balance between essential knowledge and skills, integrated technology, and children’s natural imagination and motivation to discover the world around them.

Hence it is not surprising that the IPC is the curriculum of choice for over 1,800 schools in 90+ countries. Unlike schools that focus on a single national curriculum, ISH offers students a “portable” elementary education – one that enables internationally mobile families to ensure their children’s education from kindergarten to middle school adheres to the highest international standards.

Our dedicated and caring staff, small class sizes and modern facilities make ISH a nurturing learning environment your children will look forward to visiting every day.


A mosaic of nations – Many languages – One community

Our 750+ students currently represent more than 50 nationalities. We recruit highly qualified, experienced teachers and administrators from all over the world to create a vibrant, nurturing student-centered learning experience. Many of our teachers serve as IB examiners, curriculum leaders and/or professional development providers.

Our language of instruction is English, yet speakers of all languages benefit from our English as an Additional Language (EAL) language program. Students who arrive with little knowledge of English are enabled to access the curriculum as quickly as possible and go on to thrive in our school. We also provide opportunities for students to study their mother tongue language after school.


Educating open-minded, responsible students to develop their full potential

Recognising our responsibility to prepare our students for global citizenship, our mission is to provide them with a values-driven international education which seeks to develop their full potential and to foster understanding, respect for others, freedom of thought and expression, enjoyment of learning and personal responsibility.

Our graduates have been able to successfully connect their educational experience to an ever-changing world of employment, advanced study at prestigious universities, the arts, or humanitarian service. 

If you are a parent who seeks an excellent international education for your children, a qualification with global acceptance, and a unique community spirit, contact us to learn more.


Contact & Admissions

Ms Catherine Bissonnet

Office hours Monday to Friday 08:30-16:30



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