International School Basel

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International School Basel
The ISB Logo
Reinach Campus: Fleischbachstrasse 2, 4153 Reinach BL 2
Reinach and Aesch
Type Private coeducational
International school
Established 1979
Faculty 250 approx.[citation needed]
Grades PYP1-DP2 (ages 3-19)
Enrollment over 1400 approx.[citation needed]
Campus Urban
Affiliations CIS, NEASC (USA), IB
Primary language English

The International School of the Basel Region AG (ISBR AG) is an English-speaking school for students from ages 3–19 (PYP1-DP2). ISB is an authorised International Baccalaureate (IB) World School, and offers the following programmes:

  • IB Diploma Programme (DP)
  • IB Middle Years Programme (MYP)
  • IB Primary Years Programme (PYP)

It is headquartered in Reinach, Basel-Landschaft,[1] in the Reinach Campus.[2] There is also the Fiechten Campus in Reinach,[3] and the Aesch campus in Aesch.[4]

History of ISB[edit]

ISB was founded in 1979 by Janet Galli, an American entrepreneur, as a response to a perceived need among expatriates for English-speaking schooling. The School began life with just 15 students and in a single schoolhouse. Student numbers grew rapidly, and at one point the School rented premises at 13 campuses in the Basel region. By 1995, ISB had become an IB World School, offering the Diploma Programme (DP) of the IB. By 1999, the School became a not-for-profit company, known as the International School of the Basel Region AG. That year it broadened its scope to include the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP). In 2002, Reinach - the first of ISB’s three current campuses – was opened. In the same year, ISB began to offer the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP). In 2007, the purpose-built campus at Aesch opened to accommodate the Junior School. Since 2012, students in the early years of the MYP have attended the campus at Fiechten. In the 35 years since its inception, ISB has grown exponentially and today educates over 1400 students representing approximately 60 nationalities.[citation needed]

Accreditation and Authorisation[edit]

ISB is an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School. The School is accredited by both the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). ISB is authorised to be a PSAT and SAT testing centre and is also an examination centre for the Associated Board of the Royal School of Music (ABRSM).[citation needed]

Due to longstanding academic commitment and the school's request, ISB was one of 14 international schools that piloted the new Global Politics course for the IB.

ISBR's Kindergarten, primary education, and also lower secondary programs (Primary Years Programme, Secondary Years Programme) are not approved as Volksschule (Kindergarten, Primarstufe, and Sekundarstufe) by the bureau for elementary school (Volksschulen), administration for education (Erziehungsdirektion), canton of Basel-City.[5]

ISBR's upper secondary education programs (Diploma Programme, International Baccalaureate) are not approved as a Mittelschule by the bureau for gymnasial and vocational education (Mittelschulen und Berufsbildung), administration of education (Erziehungsdirektion), canton of Basel-City, and as well not approved by the Swiss Federal State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation SERI, neither.[6][7]

ISB in Basel[edit]

The International School of Basel Region AG (known as ISB) is a not-for-profit, self-supporting company, acknowledged as a private school by the local authority Basel-Landschaft, registered under Swiss law and abiding by all local authority requirements. The purpose of the ISBR AG is the operation of an English-speaking private day school for girls and boys. The School is committed to promoting learning, cultural awareness and international understanding and to developing respect and appreciation for people of all nationalities, religions and cultural backgrounds. ISB staff and students comprise upwards of forty different nationalities, including many Swiss nationals.[citation needed] The educational programmes offered by  ISB (see International Baccalaureate, below) are recognised and accepted by Swiss universities, subject to the usual academic requirements.[citation needed]


ISB has three campuses, located in the canton of Basel-Landschaft: Aesch for the Junior School (PYP1-8), Fiechten for the Middle School (MYP1-2) and Reinach for the Senior School (MYP3-5; DP1-2).

International Baccalaureate (IB)[edit]

The international educational foundation the International Baccalaureate (IB) was founded in 1968. Its headquarters are in Geneva, Switzerland.[citation needed] From 3 to 19 years, International School Basel students study the International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum through three programmes (Primary Years, Middle Years and Diploma). Many ISB students belong to families who anticipate periodic relocation from one city or country to another. Studying the IB curriculum allows students joining an IB school in a new location the flexibility and opportunity to continue their education as seamlessly as possible. As an authorised IB World School, ISB welcomes regular evaluation by the IB and undergoes reaccreditation with the international agencies CIS[8] and NEASC.[9] The School’s IB scores are consistently above the world average[10] and many ISB students choose to continue to tertiary education in colleges and universities in Europe and the USA as well as in Switzerland (see ISB in Basel, above). Although the language of instruction is English, students also study German (with French and Spanish options). Typically, more than a quarter of ISB students go on to achieve an IB Bilingual Diploma at the end of their studies.[citation needed]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "Contact Us" (click the "contact us tab"). International School Basel. Retrieved on 8 February 2016. "Fleischbachstrasse 2 | 4153 Reinach BL | Switzerland"
  2. ^ "DIRECTIONS TO REINACH CAMPUS." International School of Basel. Retrieved on February 8, 2016. "Fleischbachstrasse 2 4153 Reinach, Switzerland"
  3. ^ "DIRECTIONS TO FIECHTEN CAMPUS." International School of Basel. Retrieved on February 8, 2016. "Fiechtenweg 72 4153 Reinach, Switzerland"
  4. ^ "DIRECTIONS TO AESCH CAMPUS." International School of Basel. Retrieved on February 8, 2016. "Arlesheimerstrasse 7 4147 Aesch, Switzerland"
  5. ^ "Privatschulen" (official site) (in German). Basel, Switzerland: Erziehungsdepartement Volksschulen, Erziehungsdirektion, Kanton Basel-Stadt. 29 January 2015. Retrieved 2015-04-25. 
  6. ^ "Gymnasien" (official site) (in German). Basel, Switzerland: Mittelschul- und Berufsbildungsamt, Erziehungsdirektion, Kanton Basel-Stadt. Retrieved 2015-04-25. 
  7. ^ "Maturität" (official site) (in German, French, and Italian). Berne, Switzerland: Swiss Federal State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation, SERI. 17 March 2015. Retrieved 2015-05-06. 
  8. ^ "Council of International Schools (CIS): Accredited School icon". Retrieved 2015-08-24. 
  9. ^ "About Accreditation". Retrieved 2015-08-24. 
  10. ^ "International School Basel: IB Diploma Results". Retrieved 2015-08-24.