Discover Germay, Issue 51, June 2017

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Discover Germany  |  Special Theme  |  Top Three International Schools 2017 From top left: Students learn in an imposing 19th century school building, renovated and adapted to modern learning. The youngest exploring the world in Nursery. Children having fun in Kindergarten. Secondary students at their graduation. Primary students in class.

Learning to be a citizen of the world Founded in 1992 for a tiny group of expatriate children, Leipzig International School (LIS) today welcomes more than 850 students to a learning community with strong local roots, attracting German as well as international families. TEXT & PHOTOS: LEIPZIG INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL E.V.

Leipzig International School is a nonprofit, co-educational, international school for students aged 1 to 18. The school is recognised by the Saxon Ministry of Education and fully accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). The language of instruction is English; but all students learn German at the appropriate level. LIS is on two sites: children aged one to six enjoy a purpose-built environment, the Leipzig International Kindergarten, opened in 2014. They move on to the larger campus 1.5 kilometres away, an imposing 19th century school building, renovated and adapted to modern learning. From the age of one until graduation, students learn with Leipzig International School to become citizens of the world. Talented teachers, themselves interna48  |  Issue 51  |  June 2017

tionally minded and from diverse backgrounds, encourage and inspire students from their first walking steps through to university applications. The kindergarten programme supports each child’s personal, social, academic, physical and emotional development in an internationally oriented context. Based on the ways children learn best - especially through play - children are encouraged to explore, create, and construct things in their environment. The primary curriculum promotes modern, relevant learning. Classes are predominantly taught by one class teacher and, in addition, specialist teachers add quality and depth to the curriculum. In secondary school, LIS follows Cambridge courses to IGCSE at age 16; for the oldest students, Grades 11 and 12, two International Baccalaureate (IB) options cater to the spectrum of talents, interests and aspirations.

Students are encouraged to develop their worldview and interests broadly before they make decisions about the paths they wish to explore further. The school takes keen interest in the well-being and personal development of each student. Initiatives like the school garden, outdoor classroom, playground buddy system and a host of extra-curricular activities involving creativity, action and service, encourage young people to become balanced, versatile individuals with a sense of collective and personal responsibility. Families are warmly invited to visit Leipzig International School. Our admissions office as first point of contact can be reached at +49 341-39377634 or at

Facts and data: This year LIS will celebrate 25 years of international education in Leipzig. The annual Summer Fair on 17 June 2017 will be an additional special anniversary celebration for the whole community. Visitors are welcome to join our students, families and staff.