Social projects

International conferences

Field trips and much more

IB classes at the ISS

A day as an IB student

The International Baccalaureate (IB Diploma) involves many new challenges which our students must master on a daily basis. In addition to new subjects such as Theory of Knowledge, Extended Essay or Creativity, Action and Services, IB students


 are involved in social projects, design experiments, and participate in numerous other projects and events such as Wooga. The following is a summary of how the class schedule of our students is structured and the requirements and challenges that are involved.



The IB Diploma Programme

ISS Schema of the IB Diploma Programme

[Translate to English:] IB-Stundenplan

Education for future

Let's go international!

IB diploma classes

Diverse and future-oriented

The International Baccalaureate (IB Diploma) includes six IB subjects, which are taken and completed at the end with an examination conducted by the IBO. The subjects that must be taken consist of the subject groups literature (Language A), foreign language (Language B), one social science and one natural science subject each, as well as mathematics and a music-artistic subject (alternatively a second subject from groups 1 to 4).


In addition to the six IB subjects, the core courses Theory of Knowledge (ToK) and Creativity, Action, and Service (CAS) must be taken and an Extended Essay (EE), an English-language proficiency paper, must be written. Proficiency in the core subjects is not graded separately. However, successful completion of all three core elements is a requirement for the IB Diploma.


The core subjects

Empirical, practical, and social

Our IB Students

CAS Walk for Ukraine

Walk for Ukraine

Our IB students Jakob and Lars came up with something very special for their CAS project and started a 24-hour fundraising march. From Freudenberg via Wenden, Olpe and Hohen Hain to Attendorn and back to Olpe, our students returned with blisters on their feet, but covered a distance of 85.26 km. Anyone interested could make a donation for every kilometre covered. The money raised was then donated to UNICEF. The commitment of our two IB students shows that social responsibility can take place in many different ways and also be fun. They also achieved another unit of credit as part of their CAS requirements.




IB students from the ISS attend the ToK conference every year. At the UWC campus in Maastricht, a college that also offers the IB, our students discussed the motto "Why not about you" with other students from over 100 nations. With numerous workshops and discussion panels, the conference offered teachers and students the opportunity to exchange their experiences and share their challenges within the framework of ToK. Whether the motto "Why not about you" is to be understood as a question or a statement was ultimately left open. After all, everything, and this is central to ToK, is a question of perspective.



Books reach places where the TV cannot

As part of the IB diploma, our students also take a literature course. Here they immerse themselves in readings from books such as the novel "Everything we had to give" by the British author Kazuo Ishiguro. This is because text analysis and interpretation enhance self-awareness and the ability to gain insight, and through intensive observation and study, students learn to interpret and understand facts, to arrive at their own conclusions and communicate them with confidence.


Bio in Action: Research at the university

Mitosis experiments, photosynthesis and co.

With modern work techniques, projects and methods, our teachers prepare the IB students for the International Baccalaureate in the best possible and most diverse way. In the natural sciences, we attach great importance to gaining knowledge through independent research and experimentation. Our IB students regularly visit the University of Siegen, where they examine mitosis, for example, or research the structure and function of the lungs.