Primary School Vision

Our mission is to cultivate a coherent, transdisciplinary programme of inquiry through best practice, with a focus on the whole child and continually improving student learning and well-being.

The Primary Years Programme (PYP) is a curriculum framework for young learners aged 3–12 designed by the International Baccalaureate (IB). The PYP is transdisciplinary, meaning students learn across subject areas while investigating big ideas. Founded on a philosophy that recognizes a child’s natural curiosity, creativity and ability to reflect. Our programme generates a stimulating, challenging learning environment to nurture those assets and foster in every child.

A Day in the Life

Take a look at what a typical day in our Primary School looks like! 

Our Primary School at a Glance

The DIS Primary School nurtures and develops young students as caring, active participants in a lifelong journey of learning.

  • Primary School: Grades 1-5
  • Curriculum based on the program and philosophy of the International Baccalaureate (IB)
  • Common language is English
  • Further language is German
  • Average class size is 17 students
  • International teacher team
  • All-day program from 7:30 until 18:00 (classes from 8:20 until 15:15)
  • Special support for children whose native language is not English
  • Learning and homework support
  • Numerous afternoon activities in sport, creative, and service-oriented endeavours
  • After School Care for up to Grade 5, as well as a holiday program for students up to Grade 4
  • Buddy Programme: Collaboration with Secondary School students


The Primary Years Programme (PYP) at DIS combines best practice and research from several different national systems and from a range of international schools. It is a challenging, transdisciplinary curriculum designed to engage and make learning relevant for our students. As a certified IB World School, our educational programmes follow the high standards set by the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO). At our school, children from many different nations learn and discover the world around them together. Our goal is to foster the development of all our students on their individual paths to becoming responsible and open-minded citizens.  


The curriculum at Dresden International School is guided by the philosophical framework of the PYP. The PYP supports a body of significant knowledge for all students in all cultures in six principal curriculum areas: languages, social studies, mathematics, arts, science, and personal, social and physical education.


Open House

DIS is Pleased to Welcome Families!

The best way to learn more about Dresden International School is to come and see it for yourself! Throughout the school year, we will host several Open House events. Tour our campus, visit classrooms and facilities, meet teachers, and get an overview of our English taught program. Administrators and faculty will be on hand to meet you and answer questions.

The upcoming dates are published here. Please contact our school office if you have any questions or if you want to schedule an individual appoitment.

Our Open Houses are designed to inform parents; your children are also very welcome. We look forward to seeing you!

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School Campus

Students from Kindergarten (age 5) and Grade 1 to Grade 12 study at the main school campus in Dresden - Altstadt. The modern campus facilities with a large sports hall offer an excellent opportunities for students to progress in their learning successfully at all ages.

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Student Absence School Notification - Please use online absence form to notify Dresden International School. Please click on the following link: Report Your Child's Absence

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