Danube International School
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Danube International School Vienna (DISV) is a private international school in Vienna, Austria. located in the Second District, between the Danube Canal and the Prater. The present site is in an elegant listed building (architect Gustav Sachs) which has been refurbished and modernised to provide spacious, light and airy accommodation.
The school is privately owned and managed, but is accredited by the Austrian Government. It has a strong commitment to the international dimension and attracts a multi-cultural and diverse intake including many Austrians, but also children of parents in the international business, arts and diplomatic communities. There are over 60 different nationalities represented in the school student body. DISV has an enrollment of approximately 520 students from pre-kindergarten to twelfth grade.
The school began in 1990 as a response to quotas imposed by the other International Schools in Vienna which had restrictions on the number of Austrians that could attend their schools. The school started as 'Pawen International Community School' with 9 students but by the end of the first year in June 1992 the intake had risen to over 170 students. The school reformed as Danube International School Vienna in 1992. The school rapidly outgrew the first building in Schrutkagasse in the 13th District of Vienna (which now houses a Rudolf Steiner School), and then relocated to a building at Gudrunstrasse 184, in the 10th District, which was home to DIS for 7 years - from 1992 to 1999 before moving to its current site.
The school today and future plans
The school had seen a good deal of change and in 2009 a new director was appointed with considerable experience in IB world schools and alongside recent experienced appointments in both the Elementary and Secondary Principals, the leadership team has successfully driven a change to a higher quality of learning. Recent IB Diploma results confirm this trend.
The school facilities have been modernized and expanded with extensions providing a new art suite, design technology space and many additional classrooms.
DISV offers a wide range of sports and activities and has a strong commitment to community and charity work. The school focuses on its sister school in Kenya (Waluka Primary School) and Project Centipede in Romania supporting orphans.
With continuing demand for private education in Austria the school plans a modest expansion of numbers over a period of years.