ISR is a full-day school offering an excellent international education for kindergarten through 12th grade in a multilingual and culturally diverse environment. ISR’s goal is to bring out the full potential of each and every student. Kindergarten children, as well as school students, are supported individually according to their abilities to ensure continued academic progress. During the course of a student’s school career at ISR, their individual strengths are identified and nurtured and, based on this, the ideal school-leaving qualification for the child is selected.

You can start at ISR at any point during the school year. We also offer virtual meetings and assessments if you are unable to travel.

ISR, is an international school serving the Düsseldorf, Neuss and Meerbusch region. The aim of ISR is to bring forth the full potential out of every student. In this way, the children and young people are supported individually with regard to their abilities. In the course of the school career, individual strengths and focal points are promoted, and, based on this, the ideal school-leaving qualification for the child is selected.

You can start at ISR at any point during the school year. We also offer virtual meetings and assessments if you are unable to travel.

Meet Our ISR Community

At ISR it’s all about the people who make up our international community. Get to know some members of our ISR Family in advance and arrange an individual appointment with Ms. Ljungqvist and Ms. Reimann afterward.

From students and alumni to parents, teachers to team members – our community has different stories to tell so that you will be able to get a good sense of our values, our philosophy, the unique spirit at ISR, and the caring attitude we strive for. Enjoy exploring!

Marc-Simon - Father at ISR

Max - ISR Alumni

Yuting - ISR Representative of the Chinese Community

Susie - Former ISR Parent & Head of ISR Parent Network


Placement into a grade at ISR is determined by establishing a student’s academic attainment, with age acting as a limiting factor. What has already been learned by the student is measured via a knowledge check for students in Grades 3–12. There are no academic requirements for acceptance into kindergarten, although students for kindergarten must turn three by June 30th to start in August at the earliest. Furthermore, they must be able to speak and follow simple instructions, as well as be toilet-trained. Children in grades 1 – 2 meet with the Primary School Head and complete worksheets together, regardless of language skills.

Admission Process

The admission process is intended to be personal and informative for all prospective families. Below is a schedule of admissions steps and the general order in which they may occur.

1. Applicant’s Questionnaire

To initiate the admissions process, ISR must receive a completed Applicant’s Questionnaire. There is no application deadline, but it is recommended that the admissions process be initiated in late winter or early spring for the following school year. Applications are accepted on a space-available basis throughout the school year.

2. Campus Tour

Interested families are encouraged to visit ISR for a tour of the campus and meet with our Admissions team to discuss the curriculum and get to know our ISR Community. Appointments may be made by contacting us via E-mail or phone:

3. School Records

ISR International School on the Rhine requests that parents/guardians of all applicants provide current school records including transcripts, test results from the previous two years, if applicable, and any psychological/neurological evaluations.

These forms should be turned in to our registrar upon initiation of the admissions process in support of the application. A final admissions decision cannot be made without this information.

4. Knowledge Check

All candidates for grades 3 – 11 must sit knowledge checks as part of the admissions process. For each grade, there is a range of birthdates, and students are tested according to applicable age and completed grade level/subjects. For prospective students in grades 1 and 2, however, the Primary School Head administers assessments in understanding and motor skills and has a short interview with the student.

Students testing for grades 3 – 11 sit tests in the core subjects of English, Mathematics, and German, if applicable. Candidates testing for grades 10 – 11 must also sit at least one Social Science and one General Science test, plus a third language, if applicable.

Students applying to grade 8 and above are interviewed by the School Director and/or Academic Head.

Upon completion, the knowledge checks are marked, and the results help to determine if the students have attained the minimum expected standard for each subject. The final placement decision is made by the school, and the family is informed, in writing, of the placement. As part of the enrollment process, parents need to accept the offer of placement, sign it, and return it to the registrar’s office.

The total length of time needed to complete knowledge checking varies from approximately 30 minutes for students in grades 1 and 2 – 3 hours for those students in grades 3 – 9. Students entering grades 10 – 11 are usually tested over one to two days due to the increased amount of material to be tested.

Appointments for knowledge checking can be made via the registrar’s office via email at or phone at +49 (0)2131 403 88-162.

5. Enrollment Contract

After you have completed the previous steps and have decided to enroll your child at ISR, please contact admissions at for the complete enrollment contract.

6. Admissions Decision

Admissions decisions are made after evaluation of each individual and ISR’s program of study on offer, particularly for Middle and Upper School candidates. From grade 9, students accumulate credits for their Upper School diplomas and have limited supplemental hours in their timetables for academic support. Additional criteria for admission include motivation, social and emotional development, willingness to work hard, and the ability of ISR International School on the Rhine to accommodate the needs of the candidate.

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Our international school near Düsseldorf

There are many reasons to send your child to our international school. The ISR International School on the Rhine is an English-speaking private high school. The international school is located in North-Rhine Westphalia (NRW) in the Neuss/ Düsseldorf region. It is easy to reach by car or public transportation. The students also have the opportunity to use the school bus service. Our international private school has an international Kindergarten, an international elementary school, and an international grammar school. We opened a second international Kindergarten in Düsseldorf-Niederkassel and a German-speaking Kindergarten in Meerbusch-Büderich. Our students can acquire the International and German recognized diploma, the International Baccalaureate (IB), and further High School Diplomas. Our graduate’s complete school with excellent grades. The staff of the ISR comes from a total of 27 nations. The educators regularly attend training courses, where they train and deepen their leadership and organizational skills. The ISR International School on the Rhine near Düsseldorf stands for an excellent team and has state-of-the-art equipment in school and in all teaching rooms. Our teachers are highly qualified and come from all over the world. The educators use different methods to personalize their lessons. Our students enjoy learning and learn with passion. The teachers exploit the potential of each student. The educators promote the skills and character of the students. Together with the parents, we educate our students to be self-reliant and responsible people. Due to the large number of subjects offered, students have the opportunity to learn many different themes. ISR graduates are accepted at the best universities worldwide. The aim of the international school is to prepare the students for a successful future career.

The application process at our school and at our Kindergarten

Registration at our international school is possible at any time during the current school year. If students register for grades three to twelve, a placement test is required. The entry into the international Kindergarten requires no special educational requirements. The children only have to have turned three by the 30th of June of the year of enrollment. It is also important that the children speak, follow simple instructions and are dry. The first through second grade students meet with the primary school coordinator and complete worksheets to check their current state of knowledge. Throughout the registration process at ISR Neuss, all interested families receive personal and individual advice from our admissions team.

 Further information about the international school and the International Kindergarten

Are you interested in our international school or our international Kindergarten? Please contact us personally. You will find all the necessary contact information on our website. We also organize many festivals and events throughout the school year. You are cordially invited to all events. Visit us at our open house or one of our many info days. Applications are accepted year-round. We look forward to meeting you and your family.

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