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International School of Bern Mr. David Gatley, Director
International School of Bern
Mattenstrasse 3
3073 Gumligen, Switzerland
Tel. 41-31-951-2358
Fax 41-31-951-1710
E-mail rosemary.schelker @isberne.ch


The International School of Bern is an independent, coeducational day school, which offers an educational program from prekindergarten through grade 12 for students of all nationalities. The School was founded in 1961. The school year comprises 3 terms extending from August 28 to December 22, from January 8 to April 6, and from April 23 to June 22.

Organization: The School is governed by a Board of Directors, composed of up to 9 members elected by the Parents' Association which sponsors the School. Membership in the Association is automatically conferred on the parents or guardians of children enrolled in the School.

Curriculum: The curriculum is predominantly international. At the high school level, students may pursue the International Baccalaureate. The School's testing program includes the College Board tests and Standardized Achievement Tests. Standard testing is administered to students in conjunction with the Educational Records Bureau. Instruction is in English. German and French are offered as foreign languages in grades K-12. English-as-a-Second-Language instruction is available for students whose mother tongue is not English. In September 1985, the School initiated a comprehensive special educational program for learning disabled pupils and for students with special abilities. The School has also initiated an Optimal Match Program and works closely with the Institute for the Academic Advancement of Youth at Johns Hopkins University. The School is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and the European Council of International Schools.

Faculty: There are 32 full-time and 7 part-time faculty members in the 2000-2001 school year, including 9 U.S. citizens and 30 third-country nationals.

Enrollment: Enrollment at the beginning of the 2000-2001 school year was 290 (PK-grade 12). Of the total, 31 were U.S. citizens, 50 were host-country nationals, and 209 were third-country nationals. Of the U.S. enrollment, 24 were dependents of U.S. government direct-hire or contract employees, 5 of U.S. business and foundation employees, and 2 of other private U.S. citizens.

Facilities: Physical facilities are located on a 1-1/2 acre site. Three modern, well-equipped buildings, including a library, a gymnasium, an arts center, science laboratories, classrooms, a learning resource center with computers for special education, comprise the central facility. A well-organized playground and a sports field are also provided.

Finances: In the 2000-2001 school year, the School's income derives almost totally from regular day school tuition and fees. Annual tuition rates are as follows: PK: $5,100; Kdg.-grade 1: $8,900; grades 2-5: $9,200; grades 6-8: $10,200; and grades 9-12: $11,300. Daily tuition rate for prekindergarten is $16 per half-day session. There is a one-time registration fee/capital levy of $1,700, payable upon entry. Busing service is available for interested parents at an annual cost of $2,100. These fees are payable in Swiss francs or U.S. dollars. (All fees are quoted in U.S. dollars.)

This Fact Sheet is intended to provide general information. The Office of Overseas Schools (A/OPR/OS) may have more detailed information. Prospective users of the schools may wish to inquire further with A/OPR/OS or contact the school directly for more specific and up-to-the-minute information regarding curriculum, special programs, and the like.