On behalf of our entire school community, I would like to welcome you to our school. It is a great pleasure to introduce the LISA to you!
Life at the LISA is characterized by a caring, multicultural and multilingual environment. Our pupils come from all over the world and speak over 30 different languages. Mutual respect and tolerance embedded in a high academic environment are the foundation of our excellent school community to which also parents and alumni feel committed. The LISA provides a stimulating, colourfull and supportive educational experience for around 450 pupils at the age of 10 to 18. With English as the language of tuition and strong academic and interpersonal support, our pupils gain skills that will prepare them for an increasingly changing and global society. It is our mission to educate for life, establishing a global, open-minded, international and academic outlook. We would like to open the gate to the world for our pupils!
The LISA was founded 1992 and is one of the three branches of the Europagymnasium in Linz. Our school is a state-funded IB World school located in the northern part of the city, near Johannes Kepler University next to the rolling green Austrian countryside. Through the Diploma Programme, which we offer since 1997 we aim for our pupils to develop physically, intellectually, emotionally and ethically. With the full IB Diploma, our pupils obtain a qualification highly recognized by universities around the world. Most of our pupils also sit the standardized Austrian national final exams (Österreichische Reifeprüfung), which allows them to study at universities in and outside of Austria. Small group sizes in the IB subject areas, experienced and highly motivated national and international teachers, as well as an encouraging learning environment, have conducted to an average pass rate of over 90% in the IB exams, something that we and our pupils are very proud of.
At the heart of our school and our success are the people that make it up. It is the energy, enthusiasm, and ingenuity of our staff that creates the experiences, opportunities, and special atmosphere our pupils enjoy. Pupils, parents, and teachers are constantly working together to improve and adapt in order to create a comfortable, safe and rewarding academic environment.
As a website can only provide you with a first impression, I cordially invite you to come and visit us to experience the vitality and spirit of our unique school community in person.
Nicole Herzog, MEd
A welcome from the IB Diploma Coordinator
The history of LISA is closely linked to the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IB DP), which the school has been offering since 1997 in addition to the Austrian school leaving examination. The first graduates received their IB diplomas in 2000 and since then more than 650 students have successfully completed this program at our school. LISA is one of the few schools in Austria that can offer both diplomas as a public school. This gives students access to this program regardless of their parents’ financial situation. Since the introduction of the IB program we have been able to expand it considerably. Up to 2008 only one class took part each year, since 2009 two classes have taken the IB DP each year. As a result, we were able to increase the number of IB courses offered and give the students an even wider choice. Our students appreciate this wide range of items and choices. This enables them to take their personal interests and future plans into account. The IB Diploma Program at LISA is taken by both Austrian and international students. The IB Diploma is recognized worldwide as a university entrance qualification. Our graduates therefore have a variety of opportunities to pursue their future university careers abroad. The high language competence of our students facilitates a seamless transition to English-speaking universities and colleges.
In the past few years I spoke to many graduates and asked them to what extent their education at LISA had helped them in their tertiary education. The graduates appreciate not only the general education, but also the way in which this education was imparted at LISA as part of the IB Diploma program. The ability to write longer treatises and essays, as well as the need to work with authentic English-language specialist literature, has made their university education much easier, also here in Austria.