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Our Philosophy

Follow the philosophy – fulfill the mission

Everyone agrees that a good education is important – but what exactly does “good education” even mean? And how should it evolve to meet the changing demands of current and future generations? These questions are at the root of our school’s foundation.

There is a 60% chance that our children will work in a profession that doesn’t yet exist. This work will most likely require advanced technological skills as well as proficiency in at least two languages. There’s not much more we can confidently say about how the world will change in the 12 years it takes a student on average to complete their schooling. Given this, how can we possibly prepare our children for the future? So much about it is unknown.

Our philosophy:

The development of interdisciplinary, intercultural and interactive competencies. A good education must enable students to learn to think and act intelligently, reflectively and with international mindedness.

We understand that school needs to provide more than just traditional subject lessons, report cards and qualification exams. Children spend more time at school than anywhere else, and it is here where they need to learn the necessary skills – above and beyond academics – to be able to succeed in tomorrow’s world. At Cologne International School – Internationale Friedensschule Koeln – we teach our students to think outside of the box, to investigate a problem from all angles, to be both a team player and a leader and to communicate fluently and effectively across cultures and borders. We help children grow and develop into well-rounded, confident young people, ready to take on the challenges and opportunities that lay before them.

bilingual primary school

Learning within a multicultural environment fosters a strong sense of empathy in young people - teaching them to encounter other views with openness, while still being able to advocate their own opinions with confidence


From the primary level onwards, our pupils learn to read and write in both English and German – the best prerequisite for becoming proficient in both of these languages, as well as for the acquisition of additional languages. We also put great emphasis on teaching in an international context. With over 40 different countries represented at our school, students have the unique opportunity to be able to interact with teachers and peers from a variety of backgrounds and cultures, sometimes quite different from their own. Learning within a multicultural, multilingual and interreligious environment fosters a strong sense of empathy in young people – teaching them to encounter other views and perspectives with appreciation and openness, while still being able to advocate their own opinions and values with confidence.

As children’s skills and abilities differ so greatly, we have created an intense, collaborative learning atmosphere with an inclusive orientation and differentiated learning opportunities. We encourage mixed learning groups, hands-on projects, independent research and presentations, enabling pupils to discover and develop their individual strengths and talents and to realize their full potential.

Academic excellence is a natural expectation from a private school. This is why as a part of our school philosophy we value multiple accreditations of all three school forms, consistent, comprehensive professional development of our teaching staff and state-of-the-art facilities. At the same time, we understand the importance of creating a balanced curricular programme to allow for the development of the whole child. Music, theatre, art and sport play important roles in daily school life, and are integrated into our wide range of extracurricular activities. Finally, university and career counselling in the upper grades round out our extensive programme. When our students graduate with their Abitur or their IB Diploma, we can feel confident that they are entering the next stage of their lives as intellectual and mature world citizens, fully prepared to master the challenges and opportunities ahead.

Our Team

Our faculty members are recruited from many different national and cultural backgrounds. What they all have in common is a passion for education. We particularly value teachers who actively pursue their own professional development and growth and who are eager to benefit from working collaboratively as part of a team.



Jan Hülsmann

Business Director

Dr Petra Stratmann

Bilingual Primary School Leadership Team

Sue Meissler, Britta Grothues, Leonie Julien, Sara Thesen

International Secondary School Principal

Shaun Roberts

Gymnasium bilingual + School Leadership Team


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