Brief History

The International School Hannover Region is an independent school, which serves the multi-national community of the city of Hannover and its surrounding areas. 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 recognised “Ergänzungsschule.” ISHR receives financial assistance 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 financial help mentioned above, the fees are low in comparison with many other international schools. Financial assistance is also available for those families who are unable to afford the full school fees.


Up to the early 1990s the British army school in Hanover met the need for instruction in English language and education that followed the British or the American 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 Hanover region.  A Förderverein (promoting association) was founded.  Early indications were, however, that even the extensive resources of these interested parties would not cover the cost of starting an international school.

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 occupied by the British army school.  The language of instruction was English and the teachers were native speakers.  The newly recruited staff accomplished the difficult task of combining the demands of the Lower Saxonian School Law with the practices of international education.

Those involved in the effort to start an international school had not ceased to plan.  The financial difficulties were overcome sooner than expected.  The Lower Saxonian authorities granted subsidies, which were the same as those accorded other German private schools, to the school beginning in May 1996.  The City of Hanover lent a school campus to the newly formed Internationale Schule Hannover Region GmbH (a non-profit limited liability corporation), the owner of the institution.  The Kommunalverband Grossraum Hannover gave financial support.  With only a few weeks remaining in the 1995/96 school year, the inauguration of the International School Hannover Region was fixed for 1 August 1996. 


Growth of the School

That fall, 67 students from 20 nations enrolled in seven grades. They were taught by nine teachers. The majority of both students and teachers had been members of the English Language Annex. The first year of the school’s existence was a probationary one during which the status of the school had to be determined.  With the end of state supervision, rules had to be made for the administration of the school and school life.  Instruction continued very much along the lines of the English Language Annex but plans were made for changes and further development which could be realized only in the succeeding year.

In the 1997/98 school year, ISHR hired its first overseas director, who was instrumental in the integration of the International Baccalaureate Primary Years and Middle Years programs into the ISHR curriculum.  The school also became a member of the European Council of International Schools (ECIS) and the Association of German International Schools (AGIS).  During the summer of 1998 many alterations were made to the campus to accommodate the increased enrollment. In 1999 ISHR was authorized to deliver the IB Diploma Program and the first senior class graduated in 2001.

ISHR moved to new premises in the center of the city in 2000.  The former German grammar school buildings were completely renovated and guaranteed rent-free to the school.  With this move, ISHR acquired purpose built facilities with a large auditorium, a physical education hall, and space to expand.

In January of 2002 ISHR received authorization to deliver the IB Middle Years Programme.

In 2003 the local International Kindergarten, which was already housed on the same campus, officially became part of ISHR.

In June 2006 ISHR received authorisation to offer the IB Primary Years Programme.

In April 2006 a 3.5m € building expansion project was started with financial aid from the Government and by April 2007 the ISHR had a new, much larger dining room with a professional kitchen, a new attractive library, 10 new classrooms, an additional music room, a third science laboratory and a second IT room. A gymnastic room and a visitors' gallery were addedd to the PE Wing and the main sports hall was renovated.

Since March 2007 the premises at Bruchmeisterallee 6 are owned by the school.

In 2010 ISHR was accredited by NEASC (New England Association of Schools and Colleges) and CIS (Council of International Schools).

In August 2013 ISHR opened a new secondary centre, consisting of 11 classrooms, 2 music, 5 music practice rooms, 2 art rooms, study rooms and a laptop area, as well as a second PE Hall, and a fourth Science Laboratory. 


ISHR Today

As of the 2018/2019 school year, ISHR has over 600 students enrolled from our Early Years Programme through Grade 12, all following the IBO programmes. We are proud of our IB Diploma results and have alumni students studying at renowned universities on five different continents.