International School Ruhr

Enrolling children from the age of 3 to 18

Written by IS Ruhr and last edited by Garry on

several students in the park
© Ralf Schultheiß
several young school children in the park
© Ralf Schultheiß
several students in the classroom
© Debora Berge

For many expat and German executives, the availability of a school geared towards international requirements is essential when choosing a base to live and to work.

With an excellent overall ratio of 1 teacher to 10 students, the International School Ruhr (IS Ruhr) offers not only excellent curricula but also assures intensive individual learning. Currently 120 students feel well cared for, attending school between between the hours of 7:30 am and 5 pm. The school is able to enrol children from the age of 3 to 18.

As an accredited IB World School, IS Ruhr offers the renowned IB Primary Years program for children from the age of three years up to the end of primary school. The middle school certificate offered is the International General Certificate of Secondary Education, IGCSE taught and examined according to the University of Cambridge requirements. Students in grades 11 and 12 study the two year course of the IB Diploma offering them the opportunity to study in Germany as well as all well-known universities worldwide.

The Background

One of the largest cities in Germany, Essen is the bustling centre of the Ruhr metropolitan area where many companies with international connections are headquartered. The region is becoming ever more attractive to many families due to the International School Ruhr. The IS Ruhr opened its doors in August 2010 in the lovely Villa Koppers park, just a few minutes from the city centre of Essen, acquiring another building closeby during 2013 to meet growth.

Authorised by the German ministry of education, IS Ruhr is an accredited supplementary school (“anerkannte Ergänzungsschule”). Parents are thus freed from the institutional German system of compulsory education.

International School Ruhr is managed by SBW Haus des Lernens, an educational management company that has been offering high-quality education since 1980 and currently manages 15 schools – among them three international schools in Switzerland and Germany as well as one bilingual school in Munich. The main sponsor of the IS Ruhr is the Initiativkreis Ruhr.



International School Ruhr

Villa Koppers

Moltkeplatz 61

45138 Essen , NRW


Phone: +49 201 479 104 09

Fax: +49 201 479 104 07

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