ISN's curriculum

Curriculum Overview

ISN’s educational offer combines the world-renowned Cambridge Programmes (Cambridge Primary, IGCSE and International AS & 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 ISN Curriculum encompasses the following programmes:

Early Years (age 4)

Cambridge Primary Years Programme (ages 5-11)

Cambridge Lower Secondary Programme (ages 12-14)

Cambridge Upper Secondary Programme - International General Certificate of Secondary Education or IGCSE (ages 15-16)

Cambridge Advanced Programme - Cambridge International AS & A Levels (ages 17-18)

Early Years (ages 4-5)

ISN’s Early Years concept focuses on all three aspects of a child’s development: academic, social and emotional. Children are encouraged to develop academically but at their own pace. They learn through play, by modelling adults, by observing each other, and through guided learning and direct teaching. Our youngest learning partners learn to play with others and to interact in a respectful way. A strong emphasis is placed on developing English language skills as well as on movement and healthy living.

Primary Years Programme (ages 5 – 11)

International School Neustadt enables students (‘learning partners’) to become life-long learners and equips them with the academic and life skills needed to be responsible global citizens within a rapidly changing world. By implementing the prestigious Cambridge Primary programme, ISN offers learning partners a wide range of subjects and learning experiences. The Cambridge Primary programme provides a strong foundation for students at the beginning of their schooling before progressing through the Cambridge Pathway in an age-appropriate way. Beginning with Reception and ending in Year 5, our Primary Years offers Mathematics, English, Science, Social Studies, Art, Music and Physical Education which are all taught in English. ISN also places a strong emphasis on learning German, and offers additional support for non-English as well as non-German speakers.

In addition to these ‘classical’ subjects, ISN offers Global Perspectives – a programme that develops research, analysis, evaluation, reflection, collaboration and communication skills. This interdisciplinary subject strengthens the links between English, Mathematics, Science and IT/digital literacy.

Secondary Years Programme (Ages 11-18)

ISN firmly believes that each human being has the right to develop their own passions and talents, at their own pace. A fundamental part of our educational approach is individualization of learning, or personal development. All learning partners within Secondary Years are encouraged to explore and develop their own dreams and passions by taking part in ISN’s Personal Development Programme which is supported by other aspects of the SBW Haus des Lernens approach including coaching, approaches to learning and Creativa.