Founded in 1992 for a tiny group of expatriate children, Leipzig International School now welcomes more than 850 students to a learning community with strong local roots, attracting many German as well as international families. Its first twenty-one years have seen the school truly come of age and claim a proud role in the development that has taken place in this unique city during that time. LIS is on two sites: children aged one to six enjoy a purpose-built environment, the Leipzig International Kindergarten, opened in 2014. They move on to the larger campus 1.5 km away in Schleußig, an imposing Nineteenth-Century school building, renovated and adapted to modern learning. From the age of one until graduation, students learn with us to become citizens of the world, while their parents form part of a united and caring community. Talented teachers, themselves internationally-minded and from diverse backgrounds, encourage and inspire students from first walking steps through to University applications. Students are challenged to achieve their potential by rigorous curricula. In the Primary School the International Primary Curriculum promotes modern and relevant learning. In Secondary, we follow Cambridge courses to IGCSE at age sixteen, and for the oldest students, Grades 11 and 12, two International Baccalaureate options cater to the full spectrum of talents, interests and aspirations. Excellent results in public examinations are an internationally valid measure of academic success. Another external yardstick is accreditation by international associations which analyse the school’s success in living up to its ideals, and require adherence to high standards in curriculum, governance, leadership, security and strategic planning. Beside this sharp focus on achievement, we take keen interest in the well-being and personal development of each child. Initiatives like the school garden, outdoor classroom, playground buddy system, community projects and a host of extra-curricular activities involving creativity, action and service, encourage young people to become balanced, versatile individuals with a sense of collective and personal responsibility.
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