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International School of Berne
The International School of Berne is an independent, coeducational day school, which offers an educational program from pre-kindergarten (age 3) through grade 12 for students of all nationalities. The School was founded in 1961. The school year comprises 3 terms extending from August 22 to December 16, from January 4 to April 7, and from April 24 to June 23.

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

Curriculum: The Schoolís curriculum follows the International Baccalaureate Program. The IB Primary Years Program and Middle Years Program are currently being introduced in the School. In grades 11 and 12 the students study for the International Baccalaureate Diploma. The Schoolís testing program includes the International Schools Achievement Tests in grades 3/5/7and 9, the PSATís, and SATís. Instruction is in English. German and French are offered as foreign languages in grades K-12. English as a Second Language is available for students whose first language is not English. The School is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, and the Council of International Schools.

Faculty: In the 2005-2006 school year, there are 32 full-time and 8 part-time teachers.

Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2005-2006 school year, enrollment was 236 (PK-grade 12).

Facilities: Physical facilities are located on a 1-1/2 acre site. Three modern, well-equipped buildings, including two libraries, a gymnasium, two art rooms, science laboratories, classrooms, and a learning resource center, comprise the central facility. A well-organized playground and a sports field are also provided. The School opened a new building for grades K-5 in August 2001.

Finances: In the 2005-2006 school year, the School's income derives almost totally from regular day school tuition fees. Annual tuition rates are as follows: PK: $4,924 - $9,147; Kdg.-grade 1: $14,846; grades 2-5: $15,415; grades 6-8: $17,108; and grades 9-12: $19,185. There is an application fee of $193 and a one-time capital fund fee of $2,694, payable upon entry. There is no busing service. These fees are payable in Swiss francs. (All fees are quoted in U.S. dollars.)

 

Mr. Kevin Page, Director
International School of Bern
Mattenstrasse 3
3073 Gumligen, Switzerland
Tel. 41-31-951-2358
Fax 41-31-951-1710
E-mail office@isberne.ch

Adapted from material published by the U.S. Department of State.
 
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