The Degerloch Campus is located just above Stuttgart in the beautiful and green suburb that is home to the iconic Stuttgart TV tower. Serving students from 3 years old to 18 years old, Early Years through 12th grade, it is easily accessible by public transport and is just 15 minutes outside the Stuttgart city center. The campus is authorized by the International Baccalaureate Organization (IB) to offer the Primary Years Programme (PYP), Middle Years Programme (MYP) and Diploma Programme (DP), thus making it one of a select group of IB World Schools offering three continuous programs.
The primary language of instruction is English and the campus is known for its home and family language linguistic support and our emphasis on student pastoral care.
Our teachers are responsible for nurturing each student, helping them to meet the challenges posed at different stages of their development. ISS is also proud of its experiential intern program, and career orientation and college guidance is available to all students in Grades 9 through 12.
There is a wide range of holistic learning experiences outside the classroom such as a variety of team sports, excellent art opportunities and many interesting afternoon program offerings. The school is also a leading provider of experiential learning through its work with organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, the Duke of Edinburgh International Award, KIVA, and Model United Nations.
The Degerloch Campus is just 15 minutes from downtown Stuttgart and just around the corner from the famous Stuttgart TV Tower, which is 216,6 meters high and a symbol of our city. You can join ISS on the Degerloch campus all the way from the Early Years to grade 12, where you can graduate with an ISS, and even an IB Diploma.
The Degerloch Campus is in a small neighbourhood of local companies, gardens and three German schools. The campus itself consists of three modern purpose-built buildings. Our Early Years “Nest” area is at one end of the campus and features bright classrooms organized through a Reggio Emilia pedagogical approach, a dedicated playground with student-maintained gardens and a beautiful covered area that emphasises outdoor learning and play.
Kindergarten through Grade 1 classrooms have direct access to a larger playground and all other well provisioned classrooms, have access to a cafeteria, an extraordinary rooftop library and multiple smaller learning spaces utilized for specialized learning in Music, Art and Languages. There is a gym dedicated to Lower School students.
The Upper School facility is currently under construction to update and provide a state of the art and expanded learning environment. Surrounding learning spaces feature cluster organized classroom facilities, an upper school sports gymnasium, state of the art Science laboratories, Music rooms, Art and Design / Technology rooms, a library and flexible dining areas. All classrooms are well provisioned with technology tools and our IT environment provides a well-supported 1:1 ‘Bring-your-own-laptop’ expectation for grades 6-12
In Degerloch there is a Lower and an Upper School, which are connected. The Lower School has two playgrounds, a cafeteria, a library on the top floor, and its own gym. One thing that is really cool is the little garden that the Early Years kids take care of.
The school has excellent high-end learning opportunities, in particular the laboratories and facilities for the arts and digital design.
What you can do here
ISS offers a wide variety of IB Diploma courses, multiple art options and an emphasis on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM is the international version of what the Germans refer to as “MINT”) Our language of instruction is English and in addition to a robust Mother Tongue German program, we are renowned for our support of Home and Family languages through our interlingual approach.
Our After School Sports and Activities Program offers students at all levels of the school the opportunity to try out a variety of activities including subject clubs, dancing, cooking and even circus skills. Participation in competitive sports is catered for by the International Teams (GISST) and the ISS Sports Club (SV-ISS). ISS also offers performing arts theatre and music season of events, instrumental lessons and global citizenship programs. In fact, the Degerloch Campus hosts one of the largest Model United Nations conferences in Germany and is a leading provider of European exchange through the EU Erasmus program.
There are a wide variety of cultural events for both our Lower and Upper school students and the Degerloch Campus is a test center for SAT and PSAT.
Additional holistic opportunities for our students on the Degerloch Campus include participation in our International Café program to welcome local refugees, supporting the homeless at the Leonhardskirche on Saturdays and Sundays, collecting bottle deposits to raise funds for the children of the Chinhoyi primary school in Zimbabwe, KIVA-a micro loan program for small businesses throughout the world and an internship program where students work in some of the most innovative global businesses located in Stuttgart.
There are many different interests that we can develop here. I have learned about robotics using Legos, cooked new food in the after school Kids’ Cooking Club, and gotten really good at playing soccer, even participating in tournaments. Next I want to learn how to play the trumpet!
The Degerloch community welcomes parental involvement. There is a Parent Teacher Association (PTA) that welcomes all new families and provides a social and cultural network to support our community. The Booster Club supports our sports tournaments and the School Director works with a representative Parent Advisory Council (PAC) to explore growth and development of the school and its strategic aspirations.
ISS utilizes various online communication tools to provide transparent assessment and curricular information for both students and their families. We also keep our community connected through selective social media and a password-protected portal system where families can find the latest newsletters, calendars, community announcements and cultural activities.
Learn more about our Pastoral and Counselling Program.
There is an incredible community at ISS. It helps my child’s learning by creating a safe and connected environment.
My parents also really like to get involved in helping the school and the students. My dad is involved in the PTA and my mom loves coming up with fun ideas for how the Booster Club can generally support school spirit and also at sports events.