The International School St. Gallen (ISSG) serves the educational needs of the international community of the Lake of Constance (Bodensee) region of St. Gallen, Appenzell and Oberthurgau. ISSG opened in 2009 offering classes for children between the age of 3 and 12. Currently, our older students (grades 7 and up) use a private shuttle to attend classes at our larger sister school – the International School Rheintal (ISR). The goal is to grow with our students in one or two years and offer the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) and the IB Diploma Programme (DP).
The language of instruction is English. Extra support will be given, if required. German is taught at all levels.
The school is housed in an attractive villa surrounded by its own gardens next to the University of St. Gallen. The building was designed as a creative learning space with a family-feel that encourages students to become internationally-minded citizens of the world and prepare them for universities around the globe. For their Physical Education lessons, the students use the modern sports facilities of the University of St Gallen, which are just steps away from the ISSG campus.
The school offers care from 8:00 am to 17:00 pm. French instruction starts in grade 1, while specialist teachers for Music and P.E. work with all age groups.
The school year consists of 175 teaching days and extends from the end of August to the end of June, with holidays in October, December/January, February and at Easter. Additionally, the school observes Swiss national and cantonal holidays. The school day starts at 8:30 am and ends at 15:30 pm Monday through Thursday, and on Fridays instruction ends at 12:00 pm.
Class sizes are about 8-12 students. In addition to the basic academic program, students participate in both local and extended field trips. Field trips vary in length from 1 day to 1 week for older students. Students have opportunities to perform music and drama and to display artwork.
An after-school program is offered Monday through Thursday from 15:30 to 17:00. Qualified staff members support students with their homework and offer different extra-curricular activities.
Parents and Volunteers
The school welcomes parental involvement in the school. This involvement may take many forms – including organizing social and fundraising activities and volunteering within the classrooms, office or library.
Parents are expected to maintain health, accident and liability insurance for their children. The school’s insurance does not provide coverage for students.