Working at ISS
Our vision is to place learning at the core of all that we do.
Experts in their own fields, our teachers are our most important resource. Their mission is to inspire, challenge and actively support our students both academically and in their social development to become positive participants in a changing world.
"The school supports faculty learning in a variety of ways and provides significant, relevant, professional development." Staff Survey 2015
The student body at ISS is truly international, with children representing approximately 40 different nations. To support our students we are building a team of energetic teachers, leaders and administrators who share our vision and mission, who appreciate having second (or third or fourth) language learners and a range of learning abilities in a class, who are committed to a collaborative approach, and, above all, who put learning at the core of all they do. Our hiring is non-discriminatory in terms of age, sex, religion, culture, and sexual orientation and is undertaken by the Director, Principals and HR, in consultation with subject leaders and coordinators.
The International School of Stuttgart is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, and applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers, national/international background checks and self-disclosure.
Founded in 1985 by four American families, ISS has a more than 30 years tradition of supporting business in the greater Stuttgart area. The school has grown from the original 13 students to a student body of 820 on two campuses (Stuttgart and Sindelfingen).
Throughout our history the foundations of our development have been built upon:
- the school’s devotion to academic excellence in an international environment,
- its belief in parents as partners in the educational process and
- its commitment to integration in the local community as well as global citizenship.
By placing learning at the core of all we do we are underlining our commitment to the children in our care. Like any good family we challenge them, we encourage them, we argue with them, we support them, we educate them through their struggles, we provide them with an environment where they can thrive and reach their full potential and we celebrate in their triumphs. We work with parents and we share and collaborate our talents and ideas throughout all constituencies in the school.
ISS is still the only school in the Stuttgart region to offer a truly international education – authorized and accredited by the Council of International Schools, the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, and the International Baccalaureate Organization. We believe that ISS provides the very educational excellence that Stuttgart, home of world renowned and innovative corporate leaders, requires.
ISS is comprised of three divisions, the Lower School and the Upper School in Degerloch and the Sindelfingen Campus. The divisional principals and the head of campus in Sindelfingen are members of the school leadership team.
The International Baccalaureate programmes that form the framework of our curriculum promote the education of the whole person as a lifelong process. Through the combination of knowledge, skills, independent, critical and creative thought and international-mindedness students are prepared for a life of positive participation in the global world of the 21st century. ISS is a fully accredited IB World School, offering all three IB programmes, PYP, MYP and DP on its Degerloch campus and MYP on the Sindelfingen campus.
Our admissions policy is one of openness and we welcome students with different learning styles, interests and personal strengths. For sound pedagogical reasons, we limit our class sizes.
At ISS we believe that a good school inspires its teachers to do what every good student should do - learn and learn how to keep doing it for the rest of their lives.
For this reason we encourage and support professional development that enhances lifelong learning for all faculty and staff through programmatic training, teacher learning communities, conferences, workshops and job shadowing opportunities. ISS has been a strong supporter of the Association of German International Schools annual teachers’ conference since its inception and takes advantage of European Union support for “staff mobilities” (allowing teachers and school staff to attend training or job shadowing in an EU country) and “strategic partnerships” (allowing schools to work with other schools in Europe to improve teaching and learning approaches, and the quality and relevance of education and training).
Stuttgart is a safe, well-organized and green city with lots to offer culturally. The city is the economic, cultural, sporting and social hub of a region with more than 2.7 million inhabitants in the heart of Europe. Over a quarter of the city’s population are foreigners, making for an exciting multi-cultural landscape.
The physical landscape is just as varied with hills, vineyards, sprawling parks, mineral springs and forests. 25% of the area of the city is forested and cycling and walking in the woods surrounding the city or relaxing at one of the 19 extensive mineral spas are popular pastimes and easy to pursue all year round. Skiing is about 2 hours away in winter.
Stuttgart is the administrative and cultural capital of the state of Baden-Württemberg. Galleries, theaters, music venues from classical to jazz and rock, the state opera and ballet are all symbols of the cultural diversity of the city.
The region is known for its high-tech industry and the city prides itself on being one of the safest in the world, due to low unemployment and crime rates.
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Moving to a strange country can be a daunting task. That is why we have a cooperation with a relocation company that provides a range of services for new staff coming to ISS from abroad, including:
arranging appointments for viewing suitable apartments/houses,
negotiation with agents or owners until the rental contract is signed,
coordination of any renovation work and arranging for the provision of all utilities,
support in setting up bank accounts,
registration with city authorities and
application for resident’s permit and/or work permits.
In addition ISS covers:
your accommodation in a local hotel for up to four weeks (this is usually enough time to find suitable accommodation) and
the cost of German classes during the first year of your employment.