International Schools in Germany
There are compelling reasons why you might choose to send your children to one of Germany's many fine international schools.
Many English-speaking expatriates are educating their children at Germany's international schools, and an education at such a school has numerous advantages.
There is, of course, instruction in the native language. And, since the student body is usually quite international, they expose the young people to a variety of cultures. They also do a better job than most German schools of introducing the students to computers, and the program of sports and extracurricular activities is more like what they are accustomed to at home.
Physical plants and facilities are usually quite modern, clean and comfortable, with new equipment more conducive to learning. And the curricula among international schools is uniform, allowing ease of transfer. They usually are accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and the European Council of International Schools (ECIS) and normally offer the International Baccalaureate. They may also offer the American high school diploma, British A Levels and, sometimes, the GermanAbitur.
The costs vary from school to school and in some cases may approximate what a US college education commands: as much as €16,000 per high school student per year. Preschool and elementary school grades may cost 30 to 50 percent less. Additional costs could include transportation, lunches, class trips and various special activities.
Here is a selection of some of the schools.
- accadis International School Bad Homburg
- International School Augsburg
- Bavarian International School
- Berlin Brandenburg International School
- Berlin British School
- International School of Bremen
- Cologne International School
- International School of Düsseldorf
- Frankfurt International School
- Internationale Schule Frankfurt-Rhein-Main
- Metropolitan School Frankfurt
- Munich International School
- International School Wiesbaden
- Regensburg International School
- ISR International School on the Rhine in Neuss
- St.George’s The English International School
- Strothoff International School
- International School of Stuttgart
- Schule Schloss Salem
- Taunus International Montessori School
- Other international Schools
accadis International School Bad Homburg (ISB)
Located in a new school building just north of Frankfurt since April 2011, accadis International School Bad Homburg offers international education from preschool to secondary school with strong emphasis on promoting intercultural understanding. Not only located in Bad Homburg but also connected to the public, commercial and social life of this picturesque spa town at the foot of the Taunus mountain range, accadis takes pride in being the only educational institution in Germany providing high quality programs for every age group from preschool to university.
accadis International School is in the direct neighbourhood of accadis Hochschule, where university students can choose from a variety of management programs. Internationality, foreign languages, scientific foundation, practice-orientation and personal development have been the cornerstones of accadis’ success in higher education for 30 years. Today, at accadis ISB multilingualism includes Spanish instruction starting in grade 2 and Chinese instruction starting in grade 5.
accadis Hochschule and accadis International School are both in private ownership of a Bad Homburg based family dedicated to high quality education. Yet it is worth noting that accadis International School is a non-profit organization.
Preparing young minds for successful life in a globalized world has been the focus of accadis education since its beginnings. Combined with a commitment to life-long learning through an integrated approach, accadis offers pedagogic programs designed to address the genuine needs of the students of each age group, currently going up to grade 6 in the 2011/2012 school year. With 200 students, ISB provides an almost intimate atmosphere and plans to slowly expand towards maximum 530 students.
The preschool division provides a child-centered bilingual learning environment, where children are immersed in two languages, German and English, on a day-to-day basis. Group size ranges from 10 to 18 children with two educators, who consistently follow the one-face-one-language principle. Preschool follows the "Early Learning Goals" of the British national curriculum.
The elementary school division adheres to the Hessian Curriculum and is a state-approved "Ersatzschule", yet the dominant language of instruction is English, thus balancing the predominant use of German outside the classroom due to a majority of German students. The overall effect is that of genuine bilingualism, offering transferability both to international and to German schools.
The Secondary School division at accadis ISB offers differentiated instruction, learning support when needed individually or in small groups, preparing students for the bilingual IB or the German G8 Abitur. Maintaining high academic standards but also inspiring the joy of learning are at the heart of day to day work at accadis ISB. The goal is to help each student reach his or her individual potential. Furthermore, the international student can make friends among local families and get to know the German culture. The German student enjoys an internationally oriented school life without giving up transferability within the German school system.
For more information visit: http://en.school.accadis.com/
International School Augsburg
The International School Augsburg opened in September 2005 with an enrolment of 65 students. It has since expanded to a school of over 300, with a steadily growing international community. ISA offers a full day English language education to children from the international community and local German students. ISA is committed to media/it, outdoor education and musical training. In particular, the in-school instrumental is a big attraction. The school has an orchestra.
ISA is located approximately 50 minutes from Munich in Gersthofen, a small town outside Augsburg. The main building is bright and spacious with large classrooms, a library, science rooms and music and art rooms. A recently added wing houses additional classrooms, a cafeteria and a sports hall.
The lower school (ELC to grade 5) is authorized to teach the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP) and the high school offers the International Certificate of General Secondary Education (IGCSE) in grade 10 and the IB Diploma in grade 12. The first cohort of graduates passed out of ISA in summer 2012. ISA strongly encourages and supports all Upper School students who possess the necessary aptitude and motivation to complete the requirements of the IB Diploma Program in Grades 11-12. The average class size is currently 15. Particularly in senior classes lessons often take place in much smaller groups.
Visitors to ISA regularly comment on the exceptionally friendly atmosphere, the respectful and confident attitudes of the students and the calm and focused learning environment. Today ISA students and their families represent 25 different nationalities. The 46 teachers come from 18 different countries. The school's website is at www.international-school-augsburg.de.
Bavarian International School
The Bavarian International School was established in 1990 to offer a full day English language education to children from the international community in the north of Munich.
Set in a green and peaceful park-like environment, the historic mansion known as Schloss Haimhausen has been renovated and adapted into classrooms and offices. Adjacent modern, purpose-built facilities house classrooms, science rooms, computer suites, libraries, a track and field and sports hall complex, and a 510 seat Performing Arts Center with excellent acoustic, lighting and sound facilities.
The school is accredited for Pre-school through 12th grade. BIS is approved by the government of Bavaria and fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, the European Council of International Schools, and is a member of the National Association for College Admissions Counselling, subscribing to NACAC's Statement of Principles of Good Practice.
The Lower School is authorized to teach the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP) and in August 2009 Middle School started to implement the International Baccalauerate Middle Years Programme as a candidate school.
Maximum class size in Lower School has been set at 20 in Pre-Reception, and 24 in grades Pre-Reception to 5. Maximum class size for both the Middle School (grades 6-8) and the Upper School (grades 9-12) is 24 students, and the average class size school wide is 19 students.
BIS has been authorized to administer the IB Diploma Program since 1995. The school strongly encourages and supports all Upper School students who possess the necessary aptitude and motivation to complete the requirements of the IB Diploma Program in Grades 11-12.
One of the things that parents value most about BIS is its friendly, small school feeling, and strong sense of community. Today the BIS community represents 44 nationalities and 41 diverse languages among its enrolment of 950 students and full time teaching staff of 105 teachers. The school's website is at www.bis-school.com.
Berlin Brandenburg International School
Berlin Brandenburg International School (BBIS), founded in 1990, is an inclusive, coeducational English language day and boarding school serving the internationally-minded community of Germany's capital region and beyond. The BBIS campus is located in the village of Kleinmachnow, bordering the southwest of Berlin, on a large, quiet wooded hill known as the Seeberg.
BBIS offers an international education programme. An International Baccalaureate (IB) World School, BBIS is the first IB school in the world to be fully authorized by the International Baccalaureate organization in Geneva, Switzerland to teach all four IB programmes covering the 3 to19 year-old age range. The school is also fully accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA).
From Early Childhood to grade 12, BBIS is truly an international school, with 680 students representing 60 nationalities. Classes are small, usually with fewer than 18 students. The school offers excellent facilities and an extensive extracurricular programme for students of all ages. In addition, specific support is provided for students with special needs and those for whom English is not a first language.
In grades 11 and 12 students have the opportunity to earn the IB Diploma, a qualification recognized by top universities throughout the world, or the IB Career-related Certificate, an exciting new professionally-oriented programme that, with a flexible and individualized curriculum, aims at helping students develop a broad range of career-related competencies.
The BBIS boarding facility, located directly on the school campus, houses 30 international students from grades 9 through 12. It is the first international, English-language IB World Boarding School in all of Germany. For more details please visit www.bbis.de.
Berlin British School
A Community of Vibrant and Global Thinkers
Berlin British School (BBS) is an independent private school experienced in combining the best of British with an international education to students aged 3-18 from a variety of cultural backgrounds. This diversity in Our Community of Thinkers gives students an opportunity to explore issues from multiple perspectives and prepares them for the challenges they face in a rapidly changing and ever-more competitive world.
- Small class sizes to support individual learning
- High standards of pastoral care with a focus on fostering students’ self-confidence
- Interactive teaching and learning
- Highly qualified teaching staff with English as the language of instruction
- Motivated international student community
- Rigorous academic standards
- German language lessons provided for all students (native and non-native classes)
- Extensive extracurricular activities - regular musical performances, sport competitions etc.
The school is based on three sites with facilities appropriate to each age group:
Early Years – a programme of structured learning for ages 3-6 (Nursery, Reception and Year 1) A secure woodland environment with spacious outdoor play area and recently refurbished classrooms.
Primary – specialist teaching facilities for ages 6-11 (Years 2 - 6) including dedicated music and ICT rooms as well as an indoor gymnasium and large assembly hall. The site is located within easy reach of public transport (Olympia Stadion S-Bahn) and forms a hub for shuttle buses to the other sites.
Secondary – a woodland campus for ages 12-18 (Years 7 - 13) leading to the International Baccalaureate Diploma. The IBDP is often described as the gold standard of international education and is recognised by universities worldwide, including Germany, UK and USA.
To arrange a personal visit, please contact Mrs Helen Page, Admissions Officer on +49 (0)30 35 109 191, or for more information see our website: www.berlinbritishschool.de.
International School of Bremen
The International School of Bremen was founded in 1998 with three pupils. It now has more than 400 students from Early Learning through to Grade 12. The International School of Bremen is located within the walking distance of Bremen University and Bremen Science & Technology Park. Bremen is a well established city with all modern amenities and a medieval center. It is considered the science center of Germany and hosts two universities.
The mission of the school is to serve the educational needs of families who are internationally mobile or are internationally minded.
Students in the elementary section follow the International Primary Curriculum. In the early part of secondary, the International Middle Year Curriculum operates, while in Grade 9 and Grade 10 the students should study for the IGCSE. In the last two years the International Baccalaureate is offered.
The school is recognized as an Ersatzschule and is a full member of the Council of International Schools and ECIS. Its website is at: www.isbremen.de/ and the telephone number is +49 (0) 421 - 515 77 90.
Cologne International School
The Internationale Friedensschule Köln / Cologne International School was established in 2007 as an interreligious, interdisciplinary, inclusive full-day school aimed at providing quality education in the German and English languages for grades 1-12. The school has steadily expanded over the years to a size of 450 pupils and 100 members of staff from 40 different nations. In the summer of 2016 we will have our first IB graduates and “Abiturienten”. The school is located on a purpose-built campus in Cologne-Widdersorf, a quiet suburb of Cologne easily accessible to the city centre by public transport.
IFK/CIS is an IB World School, offering a combination of the North Rhine Westphalian and international curricula to serve the expatriate as well as the local German community. Our primary school (grades 1-4) and our bilingual grammar school (grades 5-12) are state-approved “Ersatzschulen,” while our international school (grades 5-12) is an “Ergänzungsschule.”
The primary school integrates the NRW and Cambridge Primary learning objectives into its lesson plans, which are based on the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme. Following the primary school our pupils have a choice between two different secondary school systems. The bilingual grammar school adheres to the NRW curriculum and prepares pupils for their Abitur. The international school follows the University of Cambridge and the IB curricula, where pupils take their IGCSE exams in the 10th grade before moving onto the IB Diploma Programme in years 11 and 12. Within all three school forms pupils learn English and German, however only the primary school is completely bilingual; German is the main language of instruction in the grammar school and English is the main language of instruction in the international school. With small classes (max. 22 pupils per class) and extra support (including ESL and GSL) each of our pupils is able to receive the individual attention they need in order to best develop to their full potential.
International School of Düsseldorf
The International School of Düsseldorf continues to grow, reflecting a finding of the German Government that the Rhein-Ruhr area, centering on Düsseldorf, shows the fastest increase of in English-speaking expatriates.
Founded in 1968, it is a flagship school in Europe. Its sixteen-acre campus is situated a short walk from the Rhine in the beautiful, historic suburb of Kaiserswerth.
The school enrolls well over 1000 students (Reception to grade 12) from 50 nations and has a staff of 237 from 21 countries.
ISD is an International Baccalaureate World School. In addition to being authorized by the IB Organization, ISD also is accedited by the Council of International Schools and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. Moreover, it has the vaunted seal of approval from the Ministry of Education of the state of Nordrhein-Westfalen.
Instruction is in English but the German language is a requirement, starting in Preparatory. Other languages taught are French, Spanish, Japanese and Korean. There also is a large after school Mother Tongue program.
School buildings are spacious, modern and well-equipped. Art studios, purpose-built music- and drama-teaching rooms and a 400 seat theatre support an extensive visual and performing arts program. All classrooms are equipped with interactive whiteboards and the school has an ambitious information technology program.
Two gymnasiums and several football fields support a comprehensive physical education, competitive sports and after school activities program. School teams participate regularly in local and international competitions. Adult teams of faculty and parents compete in local soccer, basketball and volleyball competitions.
An emphasis on contemporary teaching methodology is underpinned by an extensive professional development program, small classes and a creative, enthusiastic and committed faculty.
A large team of parent volunteers enrich ISD's educational efforts and support families on their arrival, during their stay and through their departure in and from Düsseldorf. Together, faculty, students and parents form a learning community with a clear commitment to "Learning to be a World Citizen".
For more information and full details, please visit www.isdedu.de.
Frankfurt International School
The Frankfurt International School (FIS), founded in 1961, is by far the largest international school in Germany, with a student population of over 1,700 from more than 50 countries. It employs over 300 well-qualified and experienced faculty and staff from almost 30 different countries. The school is organized into four school divisions: the Primary Division age 3 to Grade 1, the Elementary Division Grades 2-5, and the Upper School Grades 6-12, all of which are in Oberursel. FIS operates another division in Wiesbaden for students age 3 to Grade 5.
FIS is accredited by the Council of International Schools and the New England Association of Schools & Colleges, and it is a founding member of the International Baccalaureate Organization (IB). It takes an inquiry-based approach to learning utilizing the Primary Years Program and the IB Diploma Program. English is the language of instruction, but German is mandatory. English as a Second Language is taught as well as Dutch, Swedish, Japanese, Korean, Spanish and French.
FIS is committed to educating the whole child. Therefore it offers a well-rounded curriculum with strong academics, athletics, performing arts and visual arts programs as well as a broad range of extra-curricular activities, clubs and service projects. The school also operates an advanced information technology support system and carries an inventory of over 1200 computers, including tablets and other mobile devices for elementary and primary school students. High school students benefit from a dynamic 1-1 laptop learning program. The excellent facilities include a Science, Design and Technology, and Performing Arts Center which opened in 2007.
FIS is recognized as an allgemeinbildende Ergänzungsschule. The website can be found at www.fis.edu.
Internationale Schule Frankfurt-Rhein-Main (ISF)
The Internationale Schule Frankfurt-Rhein-Main (ISF) was founded in 1995 by the city of Frankfurt, the State of Hesse, and several multinational corporations. ISF is a full-day school, offering world-class education to students from age 3 in Kindergarten (Pre-school) up to Grade 12. Located in Frankfurt-Sindlingen –within easy reach of the S1 and S2 train lines - the multi-purpose campus features a theatre, semi-Olympic indoor swimming pool, tennis courts and a new and impressive artificial sports field and running track, as well as modern music, art and academic facilities.
Our goal at ISF is for every student to fulfill his or her potential. We offer various internationally recognised qualifications including the International Baccalaureate (IB), US Advanced Placement (AP) and High School Diploma in Grade 12 and International General Certificate of Education (IGCSE) in Grade 10. A member of the SABIS® School Network, the ISF curriculum focuses on math, English, and German. While the main language of instruction is English, German classes are taught daily to all children (including those in kindergarten) from beginner to native speaker level. Students choose French or Spanish as a third language of instruction beginning in Grade 6. With our recognised curriculum, continuous assessment and academic support, we are able to set high standards, achieving consistently good academic results, as well as preparing students to succeed in life after school.
Although academics are our focus, we also offer a comprehensive after-school activity programme through our Sportverein (Sports Club) and our SABIS Student Life Organisation® (SLO®). The SLO® enables students to learn the importance of being active contributors to their school and community, providing an important social component to compliment ISF’s high academic standards. Before and after school, adult supervision of students is available as part of ISF’s Extended Daycare Programme up to Grade 6.
ISF is an accredited member of AdvancED/NCA (North Central Association of Schools and Colleges) and Accreditation International. Additionally, ISF is a regular member of the ECIS (European Council of International Schools), is a Cambridge Examination Centre and an International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) World School. ISF offers your children an education that will prepare them for success in a changing world.
For more information, visit www.isf-sabis.net or call 069-3482970 to arrange an appointment.
Metropolitan School Frankfurt
Metropolitan School Frankfurt is a mid-sized international all-day preschool, primary school and soon secondary school teaching the International Baccalaureate Programme for children older than three. Metropolitan provides an international education for approximately 300 students from 32 countries with 28 different languages. We are going to grow to 600 students over the next couple of years.
Classes are small and taught by native English speaking BA/MA teachers with a child centered, inquiry based pedagogy based on the PYP Primary Years Programme of the International Baccalaureate Organization. Instruction is in English but the German language is a requirement, starting in Kindergarten. There is early morning care starting at 8:00 and an extensive after school enrichment programme as well as afternoon care until 5:30.
The spacious school campus is centrally located within the Frankfurt city area and contains a parent parking lot, a modern three-wing school building with 30 classrooms, a science lab, a multimedia center/IT room, interactive smart boards, a school library and special early morning care and afternoon care rooms. Across the large playground there are further functional rooms, the school kitchen and lunch room facilities that seat 300 children.
Metropolitan School Frankfurt has been authorized by the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO) to teach the Primary Years Programme (PYP) and is a member of the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the Association of German International Schools (AGIS).
The school benefits from its special authorization status and funding granted by the German School authorities ("Ersatzschule"). That allows Metropolitan to offer very competitive fees.
Munich International School
Commitment to high quality education in a truly multicultural setting characterizes Munich International School (MIS). Founded in 1966, MIS currently meets the educational needs of 1200 students in programmes beginning with early childhood through grade 12. Students and teachers from fifty nations and cultures collaborate and learn together every day.
The beautiful 26-acre campus lies near scenic Lake Starnberg and hosts 'Schloss Buchhof', a 130-year old castle, Bavarian-style buildings with spacious, light-filled classrooms, computer and science laboratories, two libraries, art and music rooms, a cafeteria, three gymnasiums and a 450 seat performing arts center. Outdoor facilities include various sports fields, tennis courts, three playgrounds, a school garden and a nature trail.
As an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School, MIS was one of the first schools authorized to offer the IB Primary Years Program. From Early Childhood to Grade 5 transdisciplinary themes guide the development of skills and learning. Intercultural Awareness, Communication and Holistic Learning are the key concepts of the Middle Years Program in Grades 6 to 10. These foundations are essential to international education and seek to promote students who are aware of themselves and those around them, students who can communicate effectively and who do not seek knowledge for its own sake but rather to become inquiring and lifelong learners. In the final two years, the IB Diploma Programme, students are prepared for higher education. Two guidance counselors encourage career planning to make students aware of the education and skills necessary to pursue lifetime goals. MIS IB Diploma graduates attend some of the finest colleges and universities around the world.
In order to offer students the greatest benefits from their experience of living in Germany, MIS offers German language instruction to all students. This encourages our student body to communicate effectively and participate in local culture events.
In order to take advantage of the experience of living in Germany and Europe, there is a wide range of field trips at all school levels. Sports activities such as soccer, skiing, volleyball, basketball, track and field, tennis, cross-country and softball play an important role. MIS competes in several international school competitions and participates in local leagues. Students may also select from a variety of activities in the fine arts, ranging from painting, drawing and ceramics to handicrafts, drama, and dance. There are several School choirs, bands as well as an orchestra. Students participate in the International School Theater Festival, the Speech and Debate Team, Math Competition as well as other exciting international school tournaments.
Community Service is an extremely vital part of the program at MIS and is a way in which students from all over the world can work in and with the local community and thereby gain and grow on a personal level through the giving and helping of others. For many years MIS' students, staff members and parents actively participate in fundraising activities for projects in Tanzania, Unicef and other organizations.
The international and multicultural community of MIS seeks to develop in young people an active and lasting commitment to international cooperation. The strong MIS community of students, teachers and parents work together closely to fulfill these goals and its mission as an IB World School.
For further information check the school website at www.mis-munich.de.
Regensburg International School
Regensburg International School has moved to town! It is now situated in the south of Regensburg, in an area with a well-developed infrastructure, easy to reach for the students and their families. There are several public bus lines and two motorway exits close by.
The new campus will allow RIS to grow. At present, RIS offers grades 1-7 and it is planned that the school will expand, year by year adding classes from grade 8 to grade 12, with grade 11-12 students able to study for the IB Diploma, a leading, internationally recognized pre-university qualification and recognized in Germany as equivalent to the Abitur. Already this school year, in the first half of 2013, a PreSchool for 3-6 year olds will be opened.
RIS offers an English medium education to children from both the international and local communities in Regensburg and Eastern Bavaria. It supports the educational needs of globally mobile students as well as those of local students who are interested in an international education in an international environment. It is authorised by the Bavarian education authorities.
The school is a candidate school for the Primary Years Programme (PYP) of the IB, in the trial implementation phase which is required as part of the application process for authorization to offer the PYP and to become an IB World School.
As well as English as the main language of instruction, there is strong support for German, taught both as a first language (Mother Tongue) and as a second language. Spanish is taught as a foreign language from grade 6. The school day is from 8:00 to 15:15, with an optional after-school care programme till 17:00. Enrolment is possible anytime during the school year.
For further information, please visit the website at www.ris-school.com, or contact us if you would like to set up an appointment for a visit to RIS.
ISR International School on the Rhine in Neuss
ISR International School on the Rhine in Neuss (Düsseldorf region) is a private, full-day school using English as its language of instruction for Kindergarten through Graduation. Along with its sister school, ISF Internationale Schule Frankfurt-Rhein-Main, ISR is a member of the SABIS® School Network which has over 125 years of experience in education. Because of the long-standing tradition in education, ISR is celebrating another successful completion of the IB Diploma Program whereby 100% of graduates received their IB diplomas. 100% of subjects were passed, and the average score was 33.4 (world average: 29.8). Advanced Placement exams were also passed with flying colors.
ISR features a rigorous, internationally-oriented, university-preparatory curriculum, emphasizing the core subjects of English, mathematics, German, and the sciences. It offers the following paths to university:
- ISR High School Diploma, Grade 12
- US Advanced Placement (AP) Exams, Grade 12
- International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IB), Grade 11+12
A core component of school life at ISR is the SABIS Student Life Organization®. SLO® is student run where prefects take on the responsibility of organizing academic support sessions, ISR school events, and various activities and clubs to complement the efforts of the administration and the academic staff. SLO® gives students a forum in which to practice, apply and refine such skills as well as build their self-confidence, learn critical thinking and develop problem-solving ability.
Since September 2007, the ISR family has enjoyed its purpose-built facilities which include advanced laboratories for science and computing, multi-purpose rooms for intensive language and math courses, a library, exam hall, specialty rooms for art and music, and a triple-court gymnasium. The school also has an extended day program where parents may drop off their children as early as 07:50h and pick them up as late as 18:00h.
ISR is recognized by the state of North Rhine Westphalia as a supplementary school ("anerkannte Ergänzungsschule"), an accredited member of NCA CASI (North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement). Additionally, ISR is a regular member of the Council of International Schools (CIS), the European Council of International Schools (ECIS) and is a Cambridge Examination Centre and an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School.
ISR welcomes you to make an appointment to visit the new school campus located at Konrad-Adenauer-Ring 2, 41464 Neuss. For further information, please call +49 2131 40388-14 or -15 or visit the website at www.internationale-schule.de.
St.George’s The English International School
St. George's International School has been an integral part of the international community in Nordrhein-Westfalen since 1985 when it was founded by an English family in Cologne. Since then, St. George's has founded further schools in Duisburg-Düsseldorf (2002), Aachen (2007) and Munich (2013). With over 1600 pupils in its three schools, St. George's success lies in its aim to offer children happy school years.
St. George's provides a full school day for pupils aged 2 to 18 and incorporates all school years including Pre-Nursery School, Nursery School and Reception Classes, Early Years, Lower School, Middle School, Upper School until A-Level or IB diploma. Both diplomas are accepted world-wide for university entrance.
Individual support and attention are placed on pupils in regard to their native school system thereby enabling them to return smoothly to their native country's system if necessary. 45 % of St. George's student body is comprised of German pupils and the rest comes from 35 different nations; hence integration is not only theory but is practiced on a daily basis. A school uniform further enhances integration and solidarity between pupils. All children are introduced and immersed in traditions, holidays and history of the local German culture.
It is St. George's aim to achieve the highest possible academic standard by means of small classes (maximum 20 pupils per class), a dedicated and enthusiastic staff and a positive atmosphere throughout the school. The student-teacher ratio of 7.5 to 1 allows for individual attention to be placed on each pupil's specific need, for stronger and weaker pupils alike. Non English speakers are given extra support through the ESL department. The first foreign language taught is German which is divided into German for native speakers and German for non-native speakers; the second foreign language taught is French. After school clubs are offered on a regular basis.
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Strothoff International School
The Strothoff International School based in Dreieich, 15 minutes south of Frankfurt, offers a high-quality, all-day education for children ages 3 to 18 with English as the main language of instruction.
Strothoff International School is an officially authorised IB World School. IB World Schools are schools that share a common philosophy – a commitment to a high quality, challenging, international education that Strothoff International School believes is important for our students. Our school offers the Primary Years Programme including Kindergarten and Pre-Primary Classes, the Middle Years Programme and the IB Diploma Programme. The IB Diploma is the most widely accepted entrance qualification to universities worldwide.
Our aim is to help you give your child the strongest possible start in life and to equip him or her with the academic and social skills needed to flourish in an increasingly globalised society. In line with the IB philosophy, we encourage our pupils to evolve into life-long learners who are confident, communicative, open-minded and respectful towards other nations and cultures. (www.ibo.org)
Our distinguishing features include:
- All-day schooling (7.45 am to 5 pm) with a broad range of after school activities
- A broad-based curriculum working towards the IB Diploma which is the most widely-accepted entrance certificate to all leading universities worldwide
- Small class sizes with a Learning Support department for children who are gifted or have special needs
- School uniform
- Laptop programmes from Kindergarten upwards
- German for native speakers and as a second language from grade 1, French or Spanish from grade 6
- Brand new, state-of-the-art school building and facilities, including libraries, art and technology rooms, science labs and gymnasium
- A wide network of partners in the region’s business and cultural community
- A broad range of services, including a bistro, holiday programmes and shuttle bus
We pride ourselves on our strong, friendly and relatively small school community, which at full capacity, will include no more than 600 students. Contact us to schedule an individual counseling interview and orientation day for your children.
Strothoff International School Rhein-Main Campus Dreieich, Frankfurter Strasse 160-166, 63303 Dreieich/Germany, phone: +49 (0) 6103 / 8022515, email: firstname.lastname@example.org; www.strothoff-international-school.de.
International School of Stuttgart
The International School of Stuttgart is a CIS/NEASC-accredited, International Baccalaureate World School with over 20 years of experience and tradition in offering an international curriculum to a co-educational student body of over 600 from over 45 countries. Among its strengths are its student-centered and holistic approach to learning, its commitment to professional development and its emphasis on student pastoral care.
We cater for students from Kindergarten (3 to 5 years old) through 12th Grade and offer an Early Years pre-school programme, the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme in grades 1 to 5, the IB Middle Years Programme in grades 6 to 10 and the IB Diploma to the 11th and 12th grades. The teaching and learning is designed to meet the needs of a wide range of students from diverse backgrounds and school systems and the programmes facilitate students' re-entry into their national systems or transfer to other International Schools worldwide.
ISS is the only school in the Stuttgart area that offers both a traditional English language programme and a bilingual programme. The dual language (English/German) programme at our satellite campus in nearby Sindelfingen has been designed to serve the needs of local German as well as internationally-mobile families and reflects recent research into additional language learning.
ISS has a consistently good record of college placement, with recent graduates attending universities such as the University of Toronto, the University of Tübingen, Imperial College London, London School of Economics and Political Science, Oxford University, University of California, Frankfurt International Business School, Melbourne University and the Royal Institute of Technology Stockholm.
ISS is housed in spacious, architect-designed accommodation and is well-resourced for an outstanding educational experience, including appropriate information technology for learning, laboratories, a gymnasium, media centre, art & technology studios, auditorium and cafeteria. We offer a wide-ranging sports and extra-curricular activities programme, and specialised college guidance and careers counseling. Our parents, as key stakeholders in the school, are an essential part in the education of children and an active Parent Teacher Association also helps relocating families to settle in, make new friends, find their way around and to feel part of the school and the local community.
A varied After School Sports and Activities Program offers students the opportunity to play soccer and basketball competitively in the local Stuttgart leagues and with other international schools as well as other activities including track and field, swimming, Hip-Hop, badminton, additional language learning and crafts. An instrumental program includes individual lessons in piano, violin, flute, drums, guitar, saxophone and clarinet. For further information visit www.international-school-stuttgart.de.
Schule Schloss Salem
Schule Schloss Salem is Germany's best-known boarding school. In 1920, it was founded by Kurt Hahn, who later also founded Outward Bound and the United World Colleges. The school's mission continues to reflect its Hahnian roots. Specifically, Salem aims to present young people with high academic and extra-curricular expectations and opportunities; and to imbue in them a lifelong sense of respect for the individual, responsibility to the community and an awareness of the importance of the democratic process in sustaining both.
Salem comprises four beautiful campuses, all within twenty minutes drive of one another on the northern arm of Lake Constance, near Germany's borders with Switzerland and Austria at the edge of the Alps. The School consists of three divisions on separate campuses for pupils of different ages. These are Hohenfels Castle (Lower School, approximately 80 pupils aged 10-12), Salem Castle (Middle School, approximately 270 pupils aged 13-17), and Salem International College (Spetzgart Castle and the Haerlen Campus, Upper School, approximately 330 students aged 16-19).
The academic program in years 5-9 is delivered in German. Intensive instruction in German as a foreign language is available for international pupils. Even pupils arriving at the school with no German are fluent within one school year. For international pupils already fluent in English there is an accelerated English program leading to the attainment of the British GCSE qualification.
From year 8 onward, Salem is fully bilingual and offers a dual curriculum. Students may either study in the International Classes (years 8-10) in which the language of instruction is English or in the German branch leading to the German Abitur with German as the language of instruction. The International Classes follow the curriculum of the State of Baden-Württemberg but also include features of the IB similar to the International Pre-IB-programmes. Approximately one third of the students in the upper years are in the IB system. A significant proportion are from an international background.
At Salem, involvement in extra-curricular activities and the life of the boarding community are emphasized as much as academic achievement. All students in the upper years must engage in at least one afternoon a week of community service. All students must also participate in a regular program of sports and/or outdoor pursuits. Participation in theatre, music and visual arts extra-curricular programs, while not mandatory, is strongly encouraged.
Far more than in boarding schools from the Anglo-American tradition, responsibility for the everyday running of the School in the upper years is, in keeping with Salem's democratic ethos, placed in the hands of students under the guidance of staff. All activities and boarding wings are led by students elected by their peers under the guidance of staff. School regulations are framed with the consent of the student parliament and breaches of these are dealt with jointly by the school administration and the elected leaders of the student body.
Approximately one-third of pupils receive financial aid, the award of which is based on both need and merit. Our students are well prepared for tertiary studies, with almost all graduates eventually attending the most selective German and international universities.
For more details, contact the school. Homepage: www.salem-net.de
Taunus International Montessori School
The Taunus International Montessori School e.V. was established in 1973 in Oberursel to serve the needs of the international community in the Frankfurt area. TIMS is an English language school with over 37 years of experience in education and caring for children from 18 months (toddlers) to 6 years of age.
TIMS has one toddler group and three classrooms of 3 to 6 year old children, who are taught in mixed age groups.
The lead teachers of each class are Montessori certified and trained. Leading staff members have been at TIMS between 13 and 25 years, which is indeed unusual for international schools in these fast-changing times. TIMS truly offers stability and continuity to the parents and children who join our association and visit our school.
TIMS offers all its children a warm, friendly, bright and cheerful atmosphere in which to learn and grow. Spacious and bright classrooms, a large gym/multi-purpose hall, the children’s kitchen and our playground all contribute to the feeling of well-being and happiness evident at TIMS. Our building is located in Oberursel just a short driving distance from Frankfurt, one of Europe’s banking capitals.
TIMS is a culturally versatile school, some years having up to 20 different nations represented between its students and staff. Our parents are included in most aspects of daily school life if they so choose. Our volunteers take care of our lovely and inviting library, keeping it in order and decorating it according to seasons or special international holidays, which we so gladly celebrate. It is easy and enjoyable for our international and German families to get together and meet one another. Many life-long friendships, both local and around the world have been established at TIMS.
Our school board is made up partially of parents, staff members and outside advisors in order to keep a well-rounded balance of interests and good open communication at all times.
As of January 2011 TIMS will be open from 8 to 4 p.m. After school activities from 3 to 4 or longer guarantee your child an instructive and fun-filled afternoon. Classes offered so far are art, gymnastics, cooking and scientific experiments. More to come! The school calendar will be modified as of summer 2011 to have partial vacation coverage for working parents. In this way TIMS is determined to grow and change to meet the needs and challenges of both international and local parents, while still maintaining its educational excellence and--as important--its loving care of your children. For more information visit the website at: www.tims-frankfurt.com
Other international Schools
Other international schools in Germany include the Berlin International School, Berlin Metropolitan School, Black Forest Academy, Bonn International School, Independent Bonn International School, Dresden International School, Franconian International School, ISF Internationale Schule Frankfurt-Rhein/Main, Hamburg International School, International School Hannover Region, Heidelberg International School, Leipzig International School, Obermayr International School, International School Ulm/Neu Ulm, International School Villa Amelienhof in Berlin, Thuringia International School Weimar and John F. Kennedy School - Berlin.
There are two other websites that can be visited for information on international schools in Germany: The European Council on International Schools at www.ecis.org and The Association of German International Schools at www.agis-schools.org