St. Gilgen International School opens for grades 6-9 in September in 2008 and will grade 10 as of 2009, grade 11 in 2010. Our mission is to offer a balanced and challenging international education to motivated and talented boarding and day students. With immediate access to superb outdoors and cultural pursuits the school provides outstanding opportunities. Admission is selective and based on previous academic results and a willingness to contribute and extend one's talents. The school provides scholarships for especially gifted students.
St. Gilgen International School is committed to the framework of the International Baccalaureate Middle Years and Diploma program and will seek IBO authorization immediately after opening.
As special points of emphasis Film and Media Studies, Peace and Conflict Studies and European Union projects are integrated in the curriculum. An artists in residence and special visitors program offers additional engagement through special arts projects, music master classes, and performing arts activities. Mother tongue maintenance is a high priority, supported by tutors and/or distance learning provisions. Academic courses are taught in English, with German, Spanish and other languages on offer. For middle years students whose native language is not English intensive English instruction can be provided.
Campus and residences are built in a beautiful lakefront park in St. Gilgen on the Wolfgangsee, a short distance from Salzburg. The school's design values openness, light and very strong links with the host community. The school will operate in renovated historic buildings as well as new built facilities and include a state of the are library and media center as the heart of the school, a performing arts complex, a performing arts and music center in the house where Mozart's mother was born and lived, fine arts and media production studios with excellent provisions and modern laboratories for the sciences. The school maintains a permanent office in St. Gilgen, the entire campus will be completed in spring 2008.
At the doorstep are modern gymnasia, swimming pools, sailing and water activities, climbing walls, riding stables as well as skiing and mountaineering activities. Opportunities for all students to engage in local and international service projects are an essential part of the school's expectations.