School concept

Providing added value for international employees and their families

The International School Westpfalz (ISW) is a coeducational, full-day international school for children aged 4–18 years. ISW was founded in 2017 by the “SBW Haus des Lernens” organisation (Switzerland). With around 200 students from over 30 nations, ISW offers a caring family atmosphere both for expatriates and local families. Expatriate families enjoy the social network at ISW which eases integration into a new location, while local German parents benefit from the innovative educational program and English language instruction. ISW offers the Cambridge Primary, IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education) and A-level programs, and is an accredited examination center for Cambridge International Examinations, offering the full range of English examinations. ISW is based in a beautiful former nunnery in Landstuhl (West Palatine Region) with the school offering lessons from 08:30 until 15:45. We also have optional Before- and Afterschool Programmes running from 07:00 until 08:30 and 15:45 until 17:00, including breakfast club, music, drama, art and sports. While the main language of instruction is English, German classes are also taught daily to all students. Furthermore, ISW is recognized by the state of Rhineland-Palatinate as an accredited supplementary school (‚anerkannte Ergaenzungsschule‘).

Gain from an international education for your child of the highest standard!

ISW’s educational offer combines the world-renowned Cambridge Programs (Cambridge Primary, IGCSE and A Levels) along with elements from the esteemed Swiss education group, SBW Haus des Lernens, which can be summed up best with the motto: ‘Curriculum Follows Passion’. The Cambridge Pathway In order for our Learning Partners to have a strong academic foundation for pursuing their passions, ISW incorporates the world-renowned Cambridge Pathway: Cambridge Primary Programme for students aged 4–12 Cambridge Lower Secondary Programme for students aged 12–14 Cambridge Upper Secondary Programme (International General Certificate of Secondary Education) – IGCSE for students aged 14–16 Cambridge Advanced Programme (Cambridge International AS & A Levels) for students aged 16–18 Recognized in Germany, and through - out the world, these programs offer a wide range of subjects and gives ISW the flexibility to shape its curriculum so that it is engaging and relevant for its learning partners. The curriculum focuses on skills and knowledge which Learning Partners need to be successful at university and beyond, and although the programs build upon the academic development from each previous one, they can also be offered separately – offering even more flexibility to Learning Partners joining us from diverse international backgrounds.

Key benefits for your child’s future

  • Internationally recognised & established courses and qualifications
  • Safe and caring learning environment
  • Small class sizes
  • The pedagogic concept of SBW Haus des Lernens is focused upon self-reliant and target-orientated learning tailored to individual abilities, interests and requirements
  • All-day schooling that meet the demands of today‘s workplace (from 7am until 5pm)
  • English as the language of instruction with a strong emphasis on German
  • Additional support for non-English and non-German speaking students
  • Experienced, highly qualified learning facilitators and staff
  • Cutting edge pedagogic approach and methodology
  • After School Activities program offering a range of activities
  • Ease of transition both from and to the state school or other international systems
  • Possibility to enter at any time

Furthermore, our Secondary School students enjoy a number of additional unique elements

  • A new approach to learning through input rooms and Lernatelier
  • Uniquely flexible self-study options available to personalize your child’s academic programme
  • A unique Personal Development Day on Wednesdays
  • Weekly careers sessions
  • Weekly ATL (Approaches to Learning) sessions focus on the key 5 skills (communication, research, thinking, social competences and self-management as well as SBW Future Skills)
  • Personal Project development
  • Regular coaching sessions
  • Participation in the Duke of Edinburgh Programme