“Our son, who is currently in grade 11, enjoys going to ISR - and he is highly enthusiastic about his teachers. I would like to express my gratitude and share with you that he says ‘We only have super teachers!’
“I can’t remember thinking that about my teachers when I went to school. Therefore, I would like to thank all teachers and the entire school staff. I would especially like to thank Mr. O’Brien (Physics), Mr. Kheir (Math), and Mr. Stumpf (German), because according to my son they are ‘super’ committed (as are the other teachers!) and make learning fun. Even though we might not attend every parent teacher conference, we still keep ourselves informed about what is happening in the school and our son also keeps us in the know.
“Furthermore, I would like to mention the outstanding contribution by Mr. Urban, our son’s homeroom teacher. Mr. Urban is also in charge of CAS and cares about each individual student in an exemplary manner. I have never witnessed such wonderful commitment at any other school that our other two children attended.
“Our son already knows what he would like to pursue professionally (Physics, Engineering). He owes this clarity to his teachers. My wife and I haven’t influenced him in his subject choice as we have no career counselling background. He has been shaped and motivated by the school and we, as parents, can only support him and his plans.
“I want you to know that you have a wonderful and inspiring influence on your students.
“We would like to thank everyone for their hard work and hope that you that continue to maintain your ambitious and committed method of teaching.”
“We would like to thank you for the awesome change you and the excellent team of ISR have caused in my son. He is very happy and proud to be part of the ISR family.”
Family R. – Germany
Humans at ISR – Big Sister Mentorship
“Real humans with real feelings” are what I encountered during my Big Brother Big Sister experience this term. I was nervous before seeing my new “little sister” for the first time simply because I didn´t know what she would expect of me. However, even after our first visit to the library together, I was overwhelmed by how happy she was to have someone to look up to. It filled me with pride and a warm feeling all day long. After a couple of weeks I could already see her changing, developing, becoming calmer – and every time she saw me in the hallway she would wave at me and give me the brightest, most genuine and heart melting smile ever. I can honestly say that it makes my day being able to brighten someone else´s so easily. I never could have imagined that there was such a source of happiness and inner growth inside of someone.
Over the first few weeks with my ‘little sister’ I struggled with settling down and understanding her. She was very outgoing and active, but I believe that that is what brought us so close. She recognized there was someone there to “guide” her, someone whom she could learn from and in return, I learned a great deal of patience. I can honestly say, this experience has turned me into a better person. I feel more satisfied with myself, I look forward to meeting her each week and I find myself looking for her during her morning break just to see the glistening in her eyes telling the other children, “Hey, look, this is MY big sister!” Even in the bus, standing next to her father, she would run up to me and pull on her father’s leg proudly and in and excited manner saying “Daddy! Daddy! My big sister, Alexandra!” She has become more outgoing since I first met her, more confident, more happy and light-hearted in her surroundings. My initial impression was that she didn’t feel completely comfortable in her class but now she laughs with students and they actually really talk to and acknowledge her. All in all, I can say that I am incredibly proud of her and also, of myself, for being able to have such a positive impact on someone by simply BEING THERE!
Alexandra, Grade 11
“From the first day on we were warmly and competently welcomed to ISR, even though we joined in the middle of the school year. The transition from the public school system to ISR was made as smooth and easy as possible for us. We especial enjoy the respectful manner in which everyone interacts. Furthermore, teachers and staff are highly motivated and helpful in answering any questions and solving any problems.
“Our final conclusion is that the decision to go to ISR was and is 100 % right for our daughter and us.”
The Gritzmann Family
“Already since first grade, I have liked everything about ISR: the school itself, the teachers, and everything related to it. Simultaneously, I started to play golf and I have been playing it professionally for 5 years. Golf is a game that really requires time, hard work and energy especially after entering the national team, but because my fellow students and teachers help and support me, they both work together quite well. Another reason for this is ISR’s positive and peaceful learning atmosphere which helps me to concentrate in class and also save time. Thank you very much!”