The International School Hannover Region is an independent school, which serves the multi-national community of Hannover. ISHR is accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and belongs to the Association of German International Schools (AGIS). It is authorized to teach all three IB (International Baccalaureate) programs, the PYP, the MYP and the IB Diploma. The school has the status of a recognized “Ergänzungsschule" and receives financial contributions from the Land of Lower Saxony and from the City of Hannover. In addition, the school benefits from donations of sponsors and grants from the Förderverein. School fees are charged but, on account of the additional funding mentioned above, the fees are low in comparison with many other private schools.
Up to the early 1990s the British army school in Hannover met the need for instruction in English language and education that followed the British school system. When it became known that this school would be closed following the 1992/93 school year, some companies (mainly Prakla-Seismos, BEB), together with the Industrie- und Handelskammer Hannover-Hildesheim (Chamber of Commerce), began a campaign to start an International School in the Hannover Region.
The Lower Saxonian Ministry of Education, which had been involved in this initiative since 1991, joined with the City of Hannover to find an unconventional solution. An English Language Annex was added to the Hinrich-Wilhelm-Kopf-Schule, a state primary school, on a trial basis. Forty-five students were enrolled in grades 1-6, taught by 5 teachers. Lessons were given in the building formerly used by the British army school. The language of instruction was English and the teachers were native speakers.
Those involved in the effort to start an International School had not ceased to plan. The Lower Saxonian authorities granted subsidies, and the City of Hanover lent a school campus to the newly formed Internationale Schule Hannover Region GmbH (a non-profit limited liability corporation). With only a few weeks remaining in the 1995/96 school year, the inauguration of the International School Hannover Region was fixed for August 1st, 1996.
As of the 2020/2021 school year, ISHR has over 600 students from more than 60 different nations enrolled from our Early Years Programme through Grade 12, all following the IB programmes. We are proud of our IB Diploma results and have alumni students studying at renowned universities on five different continents.