With a world-embracing outlook, Townshend International School has for over 20 years welcomed students from 106 countries to the heart of Europe. At Townshend you will receive what students at all excellent international schools receive:
An international experience
A life-long network of global friendships
But something more distinguishes Townshend – something about the way we approach education and each individual student that makes Townshend a unique experience. We warmly invite you to learn more about our unique culture.
The language of instruction at Townshend is English. Many students come to Townshend to learn and master English, and our English Language Programme provides strong support for students from non-English speaking backgrounds.
Our teaching staff are a highly qualified group of individuals, with more than 80% holding advanced degrees and certifications, including masters and doctoral degrees. They come from over 15 countries, and bring with them life experiences that enrich the education of our students. Amongst this distinguished group of educators you will find published authors, entrepreneurs, opera singers, researchers, professional actors, business owners, artists, and doctors.
At any school the teaching staff is at the core of the educational process, and we are fortunate to have built such a talented and caring team.
Primary & Early Years
Townshend International Primary School was established in 1996. From its small beginnings with only a handful of pupils it has grown and developed into a school with a vibrant kindergarten and thriving Upper and Lower Primary classes. It has recently been accredited with Cambridge International Primary School status and as such offers a primary programme based on the English National Curriculum.
Pupils enjoy excellent learning through small class sizes, individual attention from experienced teachers and the use of multimedia. We aim to educate the ‘whole’ child and alongside traditional subjects, we fully support learning through art, music and drama. We also value spiritual education and hope to nurture in our pupils an understanding of the school philosophy, “We are all flowers of one garden, the leaves of one tree, and the drops of one ocean.”
Townshend Primary has its own library with internet access and excellently resourced classrooms. Our outdoor play area caters for all age groups and encourages a healthy lifestyle through stimulating play.
In the Early Years we have an exciting structured curriculum full of new experiences and lots of fun! It is during the first years of life that children form attitudes about themselves, others, learning, and the environment. These attitudes last a lifetime, so we work very hard to find ways to help children develop positive attitudes.
We believe educating a child is most successful when families and schools work together in the best interest of the child. Valuing education and the opportunities it provides are important first steps.
The goal of our programme is to meet your child’s needs not only intellectually, but also physically, socially, and emotionally. Going to school is one of the most important experiences in a child’s life. Townshend International School is an exciting place where children meet new friends and participate in a variety of experiences. We promise to work diligently to provide your child with wonderful experiences that will help them to feel good about themselves and their school.
You are welcome to download our handbooks for additional information:
Townshend is a Cambridge International School
Grades 7, 8 and 9
Students in Grade 8 and 9 study a broad range of subjects from the fields of Science, Humanities, Arts, Languages and Physical education. In small and friendly multi-cultural classes students receive plenty of teacher time. They learn through discussion, practical activities, excursions, and experimentation; through creative and imaginative tasks; and group collaboration. At the same time they consolidate and refine basic skills in communication, computer use, and mathematics. It is a very supportive environment for students who are learning in English for the first time. The school has a strong English as a Second Language (ESL) programme. Teachers work closely with parents and Dorm Parents to ensure that students develop effective study skills.
Level I and II
In Levels I and II students also study a broad range of subjects from the fields of Science, Humanities, Arts and Languages. Classes are small and vital, engaging all students in active learning. They choose 8 examinable subjects from the 15 available and their studies are aimed at the Cambridge IGCSE examinations which are taken at the end of Level II. Classes become more analytical. Students learn to apply knowledge in practical situations; to solve problems; to evaluate situations and propose solutions; to express themselves with fluency and vitality. Courses in Comparative Religion and Physical education round out the curriculum. Once again there is strong ESL support for students from non-English speaking backgrounds.
Levels III and IV
In these levels students prepare for entry to University. They are permitted to select (from a suite of 12 possible courses) subjects closely related to their interests, their university entrance requirements, and their career aspirations. In these levels, courses are aimed to prepare students for Cambridge AS and A Level examinations, perhaps leading to the award of AICE (Advanced International Certificate of Education). They will undertake in-depth study of fewer subjects and may, by their choice of subjects, either keep their options open or specialise in the area that suits them. They will develop the skills to analyse, identify and exploit links between subjects, evaluate material and opinions to arrive at supportable conclusions, advocate solutions, argue from principle and consult effectively to arrive at effective and appropriate courses of action; and they will be able to do so with a global perspective. The programmes are designed to enable students to emerge from their school years empowered to contribute positively and creatively to society.
At Townshend, there are three levels of English classes at the secondary school level:
English – Second Language (ESL): For students whose first language is not English, but have some facility with English. Depending on grade level, the programme consists of ESL classes, or small/individually tutored groups, or a combination of both, depending on the type of support necessary to accelerate language skills. There may also be additional classes scheduled instead of a third language subject.
English – Language: For students of English and non-English speaking backgrounds who are approaching advanced level skills in English and ready to work mostly with authentic texts, and to develop their understanding of language through the study of literature.
English – First Language: For students who are at a very competent native-speaker level, ready to tackle complex, culturally-loaded literature and canon texts.
We place students in the appropriate English level based on the results of placement examinations. For students 16 years old and above who are not native English speakers, the IELTS or other approved English exam must be taken at the time of applying.
“Learning through action” is the principle that lies at the heart of the Social Action Programme. The programme, designed specifically for Grades 7, 8 and 9, combines knowledge developed in Civics units (like Health, Environment and Justice), with the study of character development themes and the planning of community service projects.
Creative attention is devoted to involving junior youth in activities that will engage their interests, mould their capacities for service, and assist them to positively influence their community.
The concept of ‘Empowerment’ is central to the facilitation of the programme. It means that young people are encouraged to take ownership of their personal development and building their capacity for meaningful social action in their communities. Within the group the youth study aspects of character development, develop their power of expression, discuss difficult issues with peers, create art, and plan and carry out service projects.
Crucial to the empowerment process is the role of the ‘Animator’, a trained older youth and/or teacher who facilitates participation in various efforts, such as discussions, arts and service projects.