Welcome Students and Parents

A warm welcome to students entering Grades 9, 10, 11 and 12 at ISR! And an equally warm welcome to parents of our future Upper School scholars! These are exciting years as you proceed through a challenging curriculum on your chosen path to university!

We, as teachers, counselors and administrators are here to advise you on this path. We’ll help you select the courses you are interested in and qualify for in order to best prepare you for acceptance at the university of your choice and the career you may wish to pursue.

Starting in Grade 8, we hold regular Paths to University meetings with students and parents, as well as individual meetings, to keep you informed of all of the details as you proceed. Here is an overview of what students will prepare for in each grade in Upper School on their Paths to University.

We have an excellent track record in our graduates’ acceptances at universities around the world. We are particularly proud that those students who qualified and wished to study at German universities in all fields of study, including physics, law, medicine, agricultural science, marketing and economics, were all accepted right after graduation from ISR.

They received their “Allgemeine Hochschulreife” and are studying at their chosen universities in this country. As you may see from our extensive university acceptance list, which is most impressive for such a relatively young school, our students also choose international destinations as well – as far away as Japan and the Unites States and as close as Cambridge in the UK, St. Andrews in Scotland and University of Maastricht in the Netherlands.

What gives us great confidence in our program and a measure of pride as well are the reports we receive back from our graduates at our annual alumni receptions. ISR graduates praise ISR for

  • Their excellent preparation in mathematics and the sciences
  • Our English program, with students expressing better competence compared to colleagues from other high schools
  • The invaluable experience of writing the IB Extended Essay research paper as an outstanding preparation for their university studies
  • The sometimes painful ISR lessons of meeting deadlines or avoiding plagiarism which have served them well at university

The key to working together during these exciting years is good communication on all levels and we encourage students to increase their communication with their teachers and counselors and coordinators. Additionally, we strongly encourage students to communicate with each other in their subject classes and choose academic partners with whom they work well.  We have had wonderful success with peer tutoring programs.

Good communication is the key to working together in a constructive, respectful environment as a team, supporting the success of our students. As the African proverb states,

“It takes a village to raise a child.”

We are here to help, advise and inform you. Please send us your questions by e-mail (telephoning is difficult during the school day) and we will get back to you with answers or arrange for meetings as requested. We welcome you and assure you that we will do our best in offering your students an excellent education and wonderful university acceptance opportunities.

Thank you and kind regards,

Samantha McGee, Academic Head, Grades 9–10
Emil Cete, Deputy Director & Head of Upper School