International Schools in Germany
Updated - November 2016
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
- Bonn International School
- International School of Bremen
- Cologne International School
- International School of Düsseldorf
- Frankfurt International School
- International School Frankfurt Rhein-Main
- Metropolitan School Frankfurt
- International School of Hamburg
- International School Campus Hamburg - WABE Education Network
- International School Hannover Region
- Leipzig International School
- Main Taunus International School
- Metropolitan International School
- Munich International School
- Obermenziger Gymnasium - Munich
- ISR International School on the Rhine - NRW
- St.George’s The English International School
- Strothoff International School
- Schule Schloss Salem
- International School of Stuttgart
- Other international Schools
accadis International School Bad Homburg (ISB)
At accadis ISB, you will find a learning environment allowing children to reach their full social, emotional and academic potential. Located in a newly constructed school building just north of Frankfurt, accadis International School Bad Homburg offers international education from Preschool to Secondary School. With a strong emphasis on promoting intercultural understanding, accadis ISB takes pride in being the only educational institution in Germany providing high quality programs from preschool to university.
accadis ISB is just a short walk from accadis Hochschule, where university students can choose from a variety of management programs. Internationality, scientific principles, practice-orientation and personal development have been the cornerstones of accadis’ success in higher education for over 35 years.
Both institutions are non-profit organisations in private ownership of a Bad Homburg based family dedicated to high quality education.
Preparing young minds for a successful life in a globalized world has been the focus of accadis education since its very beginning. With 330 pupils from 38 different nations, it provides an almost intimate atmosphere and plans to slowly expand towards a maximum of 530 students.
The accadis Preschool provides a child-centered bilingual learning environment, where children are immersed in two languages, German and English, on a day-to-day basis. There are two teachers in every group - an English-speaking and a German-speaking one. All activities are conducted in both languages using the Immerson Method. Children are aged 2 to 5.
In accadis ISB Elementary School our 5 year old Primary Class students already receive extensive early learning support in all areas of the child's development. This includes intensive training of pre-reading skills (sounds in words, syllables, rhyming etc.) in German. Written language acquisition in English has already begun at this level and is continued through Grade 1.
The accadis ISB Elementary School meets the curricular requirements of the State of Hesse and is a state-approved "Ersatzschule", yet the language of instruction is a balance between German and English. The overall effect is that of genuine bilingualism, offering transferability both to international and to German schools.
The accadis ISB Secondary School offers differentiated instruction, learning support for individual students or small groups and thorough preparation for the bilingual International Baccalaureate Diploma. The goal is to help each student reach his or her individual potential. Additionally, international students can find friends among local families and become immersed in the German culture while German students enjoy an internationally oriented school life.
Our educators are both local and international professionals as well as University professors teaching at accadis Hochschule.
For more information visit: http://en.school.accadis.com/
International School Augsburg
Founded in 2005, International School Augsburg has become a fully-accredited (CIS, NEASC), established international school with an enrolment of over 300 students and a steadily growing international community.
ISA offers a first-class, full day English language education for children from the international community and for local German students. Along with maintaining excellent academic standards ISA offers its students a range of artistic and creative opportunities; the music education includes an extensive instrumental programme, a strings class and a school orchestra. Drama productions, musicals, concerts and art exhibitions are a regular part of school life. The school also offers a comprehensive mother tongue programme in Lower School. Leadership is fostered through outdoor education, the International Award, community service and student councils. The school is committed to the use of technology and digital media to support learning. It is excellently-resourced with interactive whiteboards, 3d-printers, laptop trolleys, an IT suite and a high-speed internet connection.
ISA is located approximately 30 minutes West of Munich in Augsburg - Gersthofen. The main building is bright and spacious with large classrooms, a library/media centre, science rooms and music and art rooms. The new wing houses additional classrooms, a cafeteria and a sports hall. There is a new all-weather sports area.
ISA is an authorised IB Primary Years Programme school (ELC to grade 5) and IB Diploma Programme (grades 11 and 12) school. It is a certified IGCSE (International Certificate of General Secondary Education) centre (grades 9 and 10). The average class size is currently 15. Particularly in senior classes lessons often take place in very small 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. More than 50 teachers come from 20 different countries. The school's website can be found at www.international-school-augsburg.de.
Bavarian International School e.V.
The Bavarian International School e.V. (BIS) was established in 1990 to offer a full-day education in English to children from the international community in the north of Munich. We opened in February 1991 with 6 students and in 2016 celebrate 25 years of inspiring and challenging young minds! In those years we have grown to a two-campus school with a steadily increasing enrolment of 1,070 students, representing approximately 52 nations. We are an IB World School, authorised by the International Baccalaureate Organisation to teach the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), and the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme.
Our two beautiful campuses are located in Haimhausen and in Munich, Germany. The BIS Haimhausen Campus, 10 kilometres north of Munich, is situated within the picturesque grounds of Schloss Haimhausen and caters to students in EC1 (4-5 year olds) to Grade 12. Grade 12 graduates can qualify for an IB Diploma that will allow access to the best universities and colleges worldwide. In February 2000, German educational authorities recognised the IB Diploma for all German students wishing to enter German universities. In addition, BIS awards a US-style High School Diploma to its graduates. Students can also receive the MYP Certificate (end of Grade 10) which has been recognized in Germany as a "Mittlerer Schulabschluss".
The BIS City Campus, opened in January 2016, is a beautifully renovated facility on Leopoldstrasse 208 in Munich and caters to students in EC1 to Grade 5. Our BIS City Campus is a candidate school for the Primary Years Programme and is pursuing authorisation as an IB World School. These are schools that share a common philosophy - a commitment to high quality education that the Bavarian International School e.V. believes is important for our students.
Maximum class size in both our Haimhausen and City Campus Primary Schools has been set at 20 in EC1, and 24 in EC2 to Grade 5. Maximum class size for the MYP Grades 6-10 is also 24 students and the DP (Grades 11-12) is 18 students. The average class size school wide is 19 students.
BIS is approved by the government of Bavaria and fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), and the Council of International Schools (CIS). BIS is also a member of the Education Collaborative for International Schools (ECIS), the Association of German International Schools (AGIS), the Arbeitsgemeinschaft Internationale Schulen in Bayern (AISB), and the National Association for College Admissions Counselling (NACAC). We subscribe to the NACAC¹s Statement of Principals of Good Practice.
One of the things that parents value most about BIS is its friendly family oriented school feeling and strong sense of community. Our teachers know just how to make new students feel accepted and at home, right from their first day. The Parent Teacher Organisation helps relocating families to find new friends, connections and resources, and to feel part of the school community. For many ex-pats, the school's families and programmes become a focal point of their life in Munich.
To learn more about our dynamic international community, please visit us as www.bis-school.com.
Berlin Brandenburg International School
Berlin Brandenburg International School (BBIS), founded in 1990, is a private, inclusive, English-medium 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 was 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 690 students representing 66 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 over 60 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
Do you wish for your child to
- receive an excellent education in a caring community?
- act confidently in both global and local contexts?
- receive customized academic support?
Then the Berlin British School is the right place!
Founded in 1994, the Berlin British School (BBS) is an independent all-day school experienced in combining the best of British, international and German education to students aged 2 to 18. While preparing young people to thrive through academic success, a central part of their education at the Berlin British School is to nurture the development of character through an engaging curriculum and supportive pastoral programme. Our community of thinkers has members from diverse international backgrounds, which gives students an opportunity to explore issues from multiple perspectives.
- Small class sizes with individual learning support and differentiated activities
- Interactive inquiry-based teaching and learning
- Rigorous academic standards and academic programme designed to suit the needs of an international student body
- International qualifications such as IGCSE and IB Diploma, enabling graduates access to the world’s top universities
- High standards of pastoral care with a focus on fostering students’ self-confidence
BBS is a registered Cambridge International School. and has been acting as the Cambridge Assessment Examination Centre for Northern Germany for several years. BBS is also an IB* World School (*International Baccalaureate Organization).
The school is based on three sites with facilities appropriate to each age group: Early Years Kita, Primary School, Secondary School.
Bonn International School - Head, heart, hand
We inspire excellence! Bonn International School (BIS) provides children aged 3 to 19 with an excellent inspiring education within a caring, multicultural community on a state-of-the-art campus. BIS students are critical thinkers who share a passion for learning.
Founded in 1997, BIS supports each of its students in reaching his or her unique potential. Its focus is on the holistic development of the entire individual, or more simply the development of the head, heart and hand. BIS students are motivated to achieve their best, to develop relevant learning and thinking skills, to be compassionate, open and caring and to be responsible as individuals and within a global context.
As the most diverse international school in Germany with students from 75 countries, BIS works to cultivate a positive, enjoyable and challenging educational experience, with many opportunities to learn and approaches to address each type of learner. BIS celebrates its cultural diversity while inspiring and empowering all students to become balanced, responsible, global citizens.
The school provides a nurturing environment where teachers really know and motivate each individual student. While academic rigour is at the core of our curriculum, a caring faculty provides the individual attention and pastoral care need to guide students through different stages of personal development.
The fully integrated and authorised programmes of the International Baccalaureate Organization (IB) form the curricular basis of our learning culture. The school implements the IB Primary Years Programme for learners aged 3-10, the IB Middle Years Programme for students aged 11-16 and the IB Diploma Programme for those aged 17-19.
Higher education institutes throughout the world recognise and value the IB curriculum and its graduates. This is particularly important for international families, who can easily join the school at any point in the year. When they depart and wherever they go, these families can seamlessly transfer to another IB school, without disruption or disadvantage to the academic performance of their children. As of February 2016, more than 4300 schools world-wide have chosen the curriculum framework of the IB for their schools.
A full range of Extracurricular Activities taking place at lunch or after school compliments our curriculum and gives students the chance to pursue their passions outside of the classroom - or try something new.
BIS also considers itself a home away from home for parents and offers a number of courses, activities and services to its parent community, including a Welcome Family Committee, social events, English classes and information for moving to and understanding Germany.
The BIS campus includes 3 modern, light-filled buildings, spacious age-appropriate playgrounds, playing fields and beautiful green spaces. The school is located next to the Rhine River and at the southern tip of Bonn's largest recreational park.
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 and is accredited by the Council of British Teacher’s Trust. 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 500 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. 23 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 in 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 1050 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 North Rhine-Westphalia.
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 programme.
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 programme. All classrooms are equipped with interactive whiteboards and the school has an ambitious information technology programme.
Two state-of-the-art gymnasiums and several football fields support a comprehensive physical education, competitive sports and after school activities programme. 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 programme, 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 almost 1800 from nearly 60 countries. It employs over 300 well-qualified and experienced faculty and staff from almost 20 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 8. Students automatically move to the Oberursel campus to graduate.
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). FIS is known for its excellent college placements and top exam results. 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 operates an advanced information technology support system and also carries an inventory of tablets and other electronic devices for use by elementary and primary school students. High school students benefit from a dynamic 1-1 laptop learning program. Besides three outdoor athletic fields and several sports halls, the excellent facilities also include a modern Science, Design and Technology, and Performing Arts building as well as a new Learning and Sport Center.
FIS is recognized as an allgemeinbildende Ergänzungsschule. The website can be found at www.fis.edu.
International School Frankfurt Rhein-Main
International School Frankfurt Rhein-Main (ISF) has been successfully educating students for more than 20 years. It was founded in 1995 by the city of Frankfurt, the state of Hesse, and several multinational corporations. ISF offers world-class education to students from age 3 up to Grade 12. It is very conveniently located within close walking distance of local railway stations and offers a school bus service. The multi-purpose campus features:
- Indoor swimming pool
- Tennis courts
- State-of-the-art artificial sports field and running track
- Modern music and art facilities
- Interactive whiteboards
- Excellent computing rooms
- Specialist science laboratories
As a well-established international school, ISF prepares its students for a number of international external examinations and qualifications:
- International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma
- US Advanced Placement (AP) exams
- High School Diploma
- International General Certificate of Education (IGCSE)
A member of the global SABIS® Network, ISF implements the SABIS® Educational System, a system of education that focuses on the core subjects of English, math and world languages. ISF students consistently perform outstandingly on both school and external exams. ISF offers:
- First Language - English, German, Korean, Japanese
- Second Language - English, German, French, Spanish
- An international curriculum
- Proven teaching methods
- Continuous assessment
- Ongoing academic support (when needed)
- Regular feedback to parents
In addition to an excellent academic program, ISF offers students the opportunity to explore and develop their talents. The ISF Sportverein (Sports Club) and the SABIS Student Life Organisation® (SLO®) offers students many extra-curricular sports and activities. Student Life also teaches ISF students to be active members and contributors to their school as well as to their community, developing leadership skills and encouraging teamwork. Before and after-school adult supervision of students is available as part of ISF's Extended Daycare Program for students up to Grade 6.
ISF is a member of:
- Accreditation International - accredited member
- Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools accredited member
- National Council for Private School Accreditation accredited member
- European Council of International Schools (ECIS) - regular member
- Council of International Schools (CIS) - regular member
ISF is also:
- a Cambridge Examination Centre
- an International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) World School.
- an Advanced Placement authorized test center
ISF offers children an education that will prepare them for success in a changing world. For more information, visit www.isf-sabis.net.
Metropolitan School Frankfurt
Who we are
Metropolitan School Frankfurt (MSF) is a modern not-for-profit international school. The spacious campus is located close to the city centre of Frankfurt with an easy motorway connection and public transport access.
MSF is the only school in Frankfurt to offer the IB Primary Years Programme from pre-Kindergarten through grade 5 (age 3-11). The curriculum in grades 6-8 (age 12-16) is based on the internationally recognized Cambridge Secondary I Programme and in grades 9 and 10, students are prepared for the IGCSE examinations. They provide a sound basis for further academic work in grades 11 and 12 (age 17-19) before students take the IB Diploma exams or gain a High School Diploma for American universities.
MSF is one of the fastest growing international schools in Germany with nearly 500 students from over 45 countries. It employs over 75 highly qualified faculty and staff members of 15 different nationalities creating a diverse and nurturing learning experience.
What we offer
MSF is committed to a child-centred education and a holistic approach to learning. It offers a balanced and broad curriculum. The language of instruction is English. Students with little knowledge of English are able to follow lessons quickly by benefitting from the English as an Additional Language Programme (EAL). German is taught as a mother tongue or as a foreign language. Other modern languages such as French and Spanish are introduced in grade 6.
School facilities include the Early Years and Primary building with science laboratories, music and art rooms and an IT lab. The new Secondary School building opened in 2013 includes a new cafeteria and dining hall, large sports hall, food technology kitchen, nurse's station and a modern multi-media library. The large classrooms are all equipped with interactive whiteboards and high speed WLAN access.
Students can choose out of a variety of extra-curricular activities such as football, basketball, tennis, badminton, yoga, musical, dance, art and poetry. An instrumental programme includes individual lessons in piano, violin and clarinet. Extra Care programmes are offered before and after the regular school hours (8.30-15.30) from 8.00 until 17.30.
Visitors to MSF regularly comment on the warm and welcoming family-like atmosphere, the respectful and polite attitudes of the students and the enthusiastic and motivated teaching staff.
MSF is an IB World School, a member of the Association of German International Schools (AGIS) and the Council of International Schools (CIS). It is recognized as a staatlich anerkannte Ersatzschule by the state of Hessen.
For more information please visit our website on www.m-school.de
International School of Hamburg
Seamless portable education for a global community
Founded in 1957, the International School of Hamburg (ISH) was the very first of its kind in Germany. To this day it remains the only institution in Hamburg accredited by the Council of International Schools. For more than half a century we have been fulfilling the needs of internationally minded parents who desire an excellent full-day education for their children.
ISH offers the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) and the International Baccalaureate (IB) - two globally recognised curricular models that foster critical thinking, creativity, a spirit of independent enquiry, and international-mindedness as well as high academic standards.
We combine the IPC (age 3-10), the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) (age 11-16), and the IB Diploma Programme (DP) (age 17-19) to offer a seamless flow from kindergarten/preschool right through to university entry qualification.
By using the existing network of several thousand IPC and IB schools, internationally mobile parents can avoid the many challenges associated with switching between national education systems. In other words: IPC and IB make education portable.
A mosaic of nations - Many languages - One community
Our 750+ students currently represent more than 50 nationalities. We recruit highly qualified, experienced teachers and administrators from all over the world to create a vibrant, nurturing, student-centred learning experience. Many of our teachers serve as IB examiners, curriculum leaders and/or professional development providers.
ISH's language of instruction is English, yet speakers of all languages benefit from our English as an Additional Language (EAL) program. Students who arrive with little knowledge of English are enabled to access the curriculum as quickly as possible and go on to thrive in our school. We also provide opportunities for students to study their mother tongue during the curricular day or after school.
Educating open-minded, responsible students to develop their full potential
Recognising our responsibility to prepare our students for global citizenship, our mission is to provide them with a values-driven international education which seeks to develop their full potential and to foster understanding, respect for others, freedom of thought and expression, enjoyment of learning and personal responsibility.
Our graduates have been able to successfully connect their educational experience to an ever-changing world of employment, advanced study at prestigious universities, the arts, or humanitarian service.
If you are a parent who seeks an excellent international education for your children, a qualification with global acceptance, and a unique community spirit download our school brochure, or contact us to learn more.
International School Campus Hamburg
WABE Education Network
The International School Campus gGmbH (ISC) was founded in 2015 to serve the needs of the numerous internationally orientated families in the Hamburg metropolitan region. ISC is recognized as a non-profit organization.
Parent company is WABE e.V. which is a recognized children and youth services operator, a member of the "Paritätischen Wohlfahrtsverband Hamburg and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern" (Joint Welfare Association).
WABE e.V. supports 360 pupils as a partner at two all-day school locations in Hamburg, more than 2,000 children and young people in a parent-child centre and 22 Kindergartens in Hamburg, Schleswig-Holstein and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.
The registered association is non-partisan and non-denominational and a recognised charity.
The school is to be located in Pinneberg and is currently under construction. Starting with grades 1 to 6 the school will open its doors in September 2016. The following years will involve more grades and classrooms as it expands towards the International Baccalaureate in the 12th grade. The campus is being built from the ground up. When fully completed it will include a school building for 1,100 students, a boarding house, swimming pool, gym, a guest house and other buildings.
The school's progressive educational model focuses on the development of the International Baccalaureate program and 21st century skills through deeper learning approaches, including global competency, project-based learning and experiential learning. The school has developed an empowering academic programme designed from best practices around the world to address the issue of an international student body with different mother tongues. There are both English and German language immersion learning programmes that can be customised to fit any student's level of language fluency and comprehension.
The ISC academic programme runs from 8:00 a.m to 1:00 p.m. The 21st Century Academy Learning Studio runs from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. and the 21st Century Academy Experiential Learning starts at 2:30 p.m. and ends at 4:00 p.m.
Between 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. the students can participate in various extra curricular activities (the ISC Club Programme) giving them the opportunity to explore their passions.
Additionally morning care is available from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m and evening care is available from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
ISC Hamburg accepts applications throughout the year and offers places to students where available and in accordance with our Admission Procedure.
To learn more about the details of the many varied programmes and offerings of the ISC Hamburg, visit their comprehensive website: www.isc-hamburg.com.
International School Hannover Region (ISHR)
EDUCATING WORLD CITIZENS
The International School Hannover Region provides a first class international school education to currently more than 560 students (aged 3 to grade 12) from over 50 different countries. We follow the fully certified PYP, MYP and DP programmes of the International Baccalaureate Organization and are regularly audited and accredited by the European Council of International Schools (ECIS) and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) to ensure quality and high standards.
Our large, green campus is located in a quiet, but central area of Hannover. The city centre is a mere 500 meters away and our students can conveniently reach ISHR via tram, bus or subway. For parents who drop off and pick up their children by car, there are ample parking opportunities just across from the campus.
Our spacious buildings are fitted with modern appliances and information technology. All classrooms are equipped with either smart boards or projector/white board combinations. In grades 6 to 10 the 1-to-1 laptop programme, for which every student brings his/her own MacBook, enhances learning and helps prepare our students for their future careers.
Small classes and individual support ensure that our students achieve their potential and become open-minded, compassionate world citizens.
Two full-size sports halls and extensive outside areas enable us to offer a comprehensive extra-curricular programme, which many of our students enthusiastically take part in.
Right from its start back in 1996 to the present day, ISHR has benefitted from the support of many different branches of industry and associations in the Hannover Region. ISHR is seen as an important factor for the economic and social development of the area. Frequently companies show their appreciation by sponsoring classroom installations and equipment.
Further information can be found at www.is-hr.de and +49 (0) 511 270 416 50.
Leipzig International School
Who we are
Leipzig International School (LIS) is a non-profit co-educational day school for students from Pre-School/Early Childhood and Nursery (age 1) to Grade 12 who are part of Leipzig's diverse international community.
Over 900 students from nearly 60 countries attend the school, with the most highly represented nations being the United States of America, Japan, United Kingdom, and the Netherlands as well as the host country, Germany.
The school employs over 140 experienced, well-qualified and highly motivated staff members of 20 different nationalities, including the UK, the USA, Australia, and France.
The school consists of 2 campuses within 15 minutes walking distance, in residential districts of the western part of Leipzig. The Primary and Secondary School campus is situated adjacent to the spacious Clara-Zetkin-Park. The new Early Childhood Centre is situated in the vibrant neighborhood of Plagwitz next to the beautiful Karl-Heine-Kanal. Both are 10 minutes by tram from the centre of town and connected by various Bus lines.
What we offer
LIS offers quality education conducted in English with English as a foreign language available to those who need it. German is taught as a mother tongue and as a foreign language. French and Spanish are also taught as foreign languages in the Secondary School.
In the Primary School we follow the International Primary Curriculum. In the Secondary School we use the Cambridge Secondary 1 and IGCSE Programme. As a foundation to higher education we offer the IB Career-Related Certificate and the IB Diploma Programme.
Student support services we offer are: counselling support; learning support; medical support and child welfare/protection. An in-house nurse provides immediate care and health education. A wide range of extra-curricular activities is offered, including language courses (Chinese, Russian, Arabic, Spanish, French, and Portuguese according to interest and demand), sports activities and music lessons.
In addition to 60 classrooms, nearly all of them equipped with an interactive whiteboard, school facilities include a large sports hall, after-school care (Hort) facilities and a playground, well-equipped science laboratories, music and art rooms, an international library and computer labs with internet facilities available for all students. The 1880’s school building was extensively renovated in 2007 and completed by adding a new structure.
The new Early Childhood Centre hosts a full day education programme for children 1-5 years of age. The programme is designed to support each child’s individual personal, social, academic, physical and emotional development in an internationally oriented context.
How we work
We work hard to create a safe and stimulating environment in which our students can be happy learners, working in partnership with their teachers to discover and develop their intellectual, physical, social and creative potential.
The school year runs from mid-August until the end of June and is divided into two semesters. There is a mid-semester break in October, a winter break in December, a mid-year break in February and a spring break in April. The school also observes the German national and Saxon holidays.
Supervision facilities for Kindergarten (Early Childhood/Reception) and Grades 1-4 are provided from 08:00 until 17:00. The Primary School day begins at 08:30 and ends at 15:00. In the Secondary School the daily schedule runs from 08:15 to 16:00.
The school aims to limit class size to twenty students. For many specialist and optional classes the numbers are much less than this.
We invite you to explore this website to catch a glimpse of the special atmosphere at Leipzig International School or arrange to visit us and experience the school first-hand. For more information visit our website: www.intschool-leipzig.com
Main Taunus International School
Main Taunus International School is a growing all-day international school for children from the age of 15 months old. The school consists of a Toddlers' Group, Kindergarten, Elementary School and Secondary School. The school's campus is located in the heart of historic Friedrichsdorf, in the north of the Frankfurt Rhein-Main metropolitan area within easy reach by public transport. Classes run from 08.30h to 15.15h in the Lower School and from 08.30h to 16.00h in the Secondary School. Additional after school programs are available until 18.00h.
Main Taunus International School offers an internationally minded, caring, vibrant learning community where students of all backgrounds enjoy the benefits of a highly-accredited international education. Students benefit from a combination of outstanding academic programs and receive a rigorous preparation for international university entrance qualifications with world-wide acceptance.
Main Taunus International School's Toddlers' Group, Kindergarten and Elementary School offer an authentic bilingual AMI Montessori education in English and German, which aligns with the Hessian state curriculum. Much weight is put on the development of each child's academic and social skills and sense of responsibility for themselves and their environment. It is the school's goal to provide all students with a strong foundation for life-long learning. This child-centered approach makes for a warm and stimulating environment.
The school's Secondary School is accredited by Cambridge International Examinations. Its curriculum combines the Hessian G9 Gymnasium curriculum with the Cambridge International School curriculum in preparation for the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, for which MTIS is currently a candidate school. Main Taunus International School graduates will also receive a High School Diploma upon completion of all graduation requirements.
In addition to its academic programs, MTIS also offers talent support to students seeking to combine academics with their athletic or musical pursuits.
Currently, Main Taunus International School has about 200 students and 40 staff members. During the 2016/2017 academic year, the school will provide programs for students up to grade 10, adding another grade level over the next 2 school years as the school grows. Standards tuition is based on income and varies from 300-900 Euros per month. A shuttle service is available on request.
Metropolitan International School
The Metropolitan International School (MIS) is a private, co-educational, full-time school located in the center of the Metropolitan Region Rhine-Neckar. It offers programs for students from the age of 0 to 18. MIS is especially intended to meet the needs of international families that are resident in the Metropolitan Region for professional reasons.
Nursery/Kindergarten locations are in Heidelberg and Mannheim. The school campus is located in Viernheim. In here you can find the Primary School and Secondary Schools, but also the Kindergarten.
The courses and curriculum include:
- Trilingual Nursery, Kindergarten (English, German, Spanish) (0 to 6 years)
- Bilingual State-Recognized primary school (English, German) (6 to 11 years)
- Secondary 1 - Bilingual or Purely English Secondary School (11 to 14 years)
- Secondary 2 - IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education) (14 to 16 years)
- Cambridge International A Level (16 to 19 years)
The Primary School
The curriculum followed in the bilingual primary school (years 1 to 4) complies with the requirements of the internationally recognized Cambridge International Education Programme and the Federal State of Hesse.
The Secondary School
The MIS Viernheim Secondary School offers a purely English-speaking curriculum from the world-renowned Cambridge International Programme, for international families wishing to ensure continuity in their children's education. This continuity is achieved by the internationally recognized and identical curriculum. We also provide students a social environment in which they can use their time to learn German and to experience the culture first hand.
The MIS Secondary School is also an accredited German High School taught according to the core curriculum prescribed in the Federal State of Hesse. The MIS curriculum is designed to provide all students with a thorough factual grounding at a high level in all subjects, to teach them learning methods and the most in-depth possible analytical, assessment and problem-solving skills possible.
Currently the Secondary Schools award the IGCSE and Cambridge International A Level (16 to 19 years).
MIS is now making it possible for students to attend MIS even if they do not live nearby. They have established the MIS Boarding House.
There are daily, weekly and semester boarding options available.
The Accommodation House is a four minute walk away from the Metropolitan International School and is located on the outer part of Viernheim in a beautiful residential area in a low traffic zone. Near the MIS House, there is a park, sports ground and open field. Also nearby are horse riding stables with equestrian clubs, an ice rink, tram station, shopping mall and a cinema.
The cities of Frankfurt, Weinheim, Mannheim, and Heidelberg are relatively easy to get to by tram. The International Airport is 45 minutes away by car and approximately one hour by rail.
Go to the MIS English language website for more details on curriculum, costs, school uniform policy and other important information: www.metroschools.de/en/
Munich International School
Nurture - Challenge - Inspire
Pioneering international education since 1966
Nurturing exceptional achievement in an extraordinary environment
Munich International School (MIS) nurtures, challenges and inspires students to become academically successful, life-long learners, creative and innovative thinkers, ethical, globally-minded contributors and healthy, well-balanced individuals who will thrive and make a positive impact in a complex and changing world.
Munich International School is not just another international school. Visitors see it immediately when they step onto our beautiful parkland campus. Students feel it every day through their inspiring interactions with our world-class faculty. Munich International School leverages unparalleled expertise in delivering renowned international curricula within a caring, innovative and healthy environment. We are proud of our 50 years of success at cultivating academic achievement, physical and emotional well-being and the ethical and social competencies necessary for students' success and happiness in a rapidly changing world.
Pioneering international education in Munich
Munich International School was the first international school to be established in Munich and, at that time, one of only a handful of international schools to be found throughout Europe. MIS came into existence in 1966 in response to meeting the needs of a rapidly growing international community in Munich. Initially, the School was accredited in the United States and was designed to prepare students for U.S college entrance or for the British G.C.E. examinations.
Today, Munich International School is an independent, non-profit International Baccalaureate (IB) World School that has been authorised by the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO) since 1980. We continue to pioneer new curricula, including as a leading MYP e-assessment school for the IBO. MIS is also officially recognised by the Bavarian ministry of education and fully accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).
Easily accessible from Munich, the School takes full advantage of its 26-acre campus in an idyllic nature preserve near Starnberg to provide students with high-quality educational experiences both within well-equipped classrooms, laboratories and performing arts spaces as well as our exceptional outdoor facilities. MIS is a community school where 1200+ students from more than 60 countries learn together on a single, purpose-built campus.
Munich International School recruits the most caring, competent and committed teachers and staff from more than two dozen countries. These educators create a vibrant, diverse, student-centred programme of learning, supported by superior facilities and resources, such as our:
- performing arts centre
- new design and technology suite
- 1-to-1 laptop programme (Apple MacBooks)
- Olympic-sized 8-lane track-and-field complex
- triple gymnasium with adjacent dance and fitness studios
- two student libraries (primary and secondary)
- new modern languages complex
- differentiated outdoor play spaces for early childhood and primary years
Munich International Sohool operates as a ‘Ganztagsschule’ and offers a wide range of After School Activities and sports as well as a comprehensive competitive Athletics programme.
Students at Munich International School routinely gain admission to the world's elite universities.
Celebrating 50 years of Motivating and Inspiring Students
This year Munich International School celebrates 50 years of motivating and inspiring students and a future full of exciting potential through a series of events and celebrations. The School began festivities on 26 February 2016, marking 50 years since the signing of the School’s Articles of Association in 1966.
The School was delighted to welcome back more than 400 Alumni and Friends from around the world and thousands of other guests including current families, staff, faculty and local community members from the greater Munich area for MIS’ 50th Anniversary Frühlingsfest weekend on 20-22 May 2016.
On 19 September 2016, the 50th anniversary of the first day of school at MIS was marked with special events for current students, including the sealing of a time capsule. A ‘Winter Gala’ to be held at the Bayerischer Hof in Munich on 26 November 2016 and the School’s annual Winterfest on 11 December 2016 will be additional special anniversary celebrations for the whole community.
Welcoming prospective families to campus
It is a joy to introduce new students and families to the outstanding community that is Munich International School. The Admissions and Communications Office is the first point of contact for prospective students and parents and can be reached at +49 (0) 8151 366 120/121 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
We warmly invite you to visit us and experience first-hand how Munich International School is different.
Obermenziger Gymnasium - Munich
The Münchner Schulstiftung is the governing body of a highly unique program of international education provided by four separate state-certified Munich school entities all managed and coordinated under one organizational roof.
Providing individual support in a friendly, caring atmosphere and with a varied daily routine is at the center of all the institutions of the Münchner Schulstiftung.
Leading off the list of entities is the Obermenziger Gymnasium - Munich.
Providing individual support in a friendly, caring atmosphere and with a varied daily routine is at the centre of all the institutions of the Münchner Schulstiftung.
The Obermenzinger Gymnasium is located in the lovely Munich residential district of Obermenzing. With its small size and warm atmosphere, the Obermenzinger Gymnasium provides an environment in which both pupils and teachers feel comfortable and are able to build the foundation for a successful school experience.
Obermenzinger Gymnasium is an all-day school that offers a daily routine that alternates between classroom instruction, independent learning and creative activities (AGs).
In order to give our pupils the individual attention they deserve, the school strives to keep classes as small as possible. The average class size is currently 21 to 22 pupils.
Instruction is carried out within a "two-teacher system". In the lower grades an educational assistant (language assistant in the bilingual track) is in the classroom for most lessons. The educational assistant accompanies the pupils throughout the school day, including during the lunch break and study period. In the middle grades the educational/language assistant continues to support the pupils on a more limited basis - for example in core subjects and in their study period. The educational/language assistant is a student's constant companion and main contact person throughout his or her school day.
Starting with the 2013/2014 school year, Obermenzinger Gymnasium offers a bilingual track (German-English) for pupils who are already fluent English speakers. The role of educational assistant in the bilingual classes is filled by the English language assistant.
Another unique feature of the Obermenzinger Gymnasium is the ABIplus®. Interested pupils have the option, while working towards their Abitur certificate (general qualification for university entrance), of also acquiring a vocational qualification as an Accounting Data Entry Clerk (VDP); Certified Business Assistant, Department of Information Processing; or a Multimedia Assistant (VBP). With some courses this qualification counts as a recognized professional certification.
In the 5th year students can choose between art, music and theatre.
Following a rotating schedule, every class can take one period per week for a class discussion on an as-needed basis. These class discussions can be initiated by either the pupils or the teacher.
Diverse cultural education, wind instrument classes/choir, a number of elective courses and extracurricular activities such as individual music lessons, diving, boxing, golf, photography and computer hardware courses serve to complement and round off the full educational spectrum. These enhance personal physical, social and intellectual stimulation, development and growth essential for success in academic and professional life.
The school psychology team, led by a qualified psychologist (Diplompsychologe), is always on hand to attend to any mental health or emotional issues and to support pupils with educational therapy, if needed.
Recognizing the importance of a healthy diet, the Obermenzinger Gymnasium has its own canteen where two chefs prepare two different entrees for lunch for the pupils. Nutritional values are further augmented by a salad bar providing healthy choices and reflecting diverse dietary needs, cultural requirements and personal tastes.
For more information visit the website at: http://en.obermenzinger.de/.
ISR International School on the Rhine - NRW
The ISR is a privately financed, non-profit school with a full-day academic program in the Düsseldorf, Neuss and Cologne region, which seeks to develop students into well-rounded, multi-lingual, self-aware and socially-responsible global citizens. It offers an excellent, international education with a holistic concept from Kindergarten to grade 12.
The school's vision is to become a leader in academic achievement, to provide self-development and character-building experiences, to prepare for life and to connect their graduates world-wide by building an active alumni network. ISR enables great minds and strong characters based on three differentiating elements:
- Focus on Academics - based upon three pillars
- Highly motivated, qualified teachers
- Clearly structured SABIS® curriculum
- 'Cool to be good' embedded in ISR's DNA and culture
- ISR teaches and lives moral values
- SABIS® Student Life Organization allows students to learn leadership
- School management stands for and lives known values
- External opinion leaders share their life experiences with the students, thus transmitting values
- Stability of student body and teachers support continuity of values
- Flexibility to accommodate student and family situations
- Professional student athletes require scheduling flexibility
- Vagaries of international family life are accommodated
More than 660 students from 40 different nationalities enjoy the 42.000 square meter campus from 08:20 until 16:20, with supervised extended day care from 07:50 until 17:45.
The modern infrastructure includes new interactive whiteboards in all classrooms and well equipped science labs, music facilities and sports hall. Some optional varsity sports (football, track, tennis and swimming) and private music or language lessons round off the program. A private school bus company simplifies the safe transport to the ISR and back to all residential areas in the region. The active parent community plays an important role in assisting the orientation of new families into the school and the surrounding areas to make the transition easier.
Starting in Kindergarten, all classes are taught in English by native English speaking teachers. The German curriculum is a fully fledged accredited program. Hence, children are fully immersed in English and German over their entire school career. Additionally, French, Spanish, Mandarin and Japanese are taught.
Graduates of ISR have consistently achieved the best IB (International Baccalaureate) exam results - an average of 35 points in 2015 - in the Düsseldorf region over many years. ISR is non-selective with respect to those who enter the IB program. Furthermore, all graduates have entered leading universities worldwide after graduation, such as Cambridge, Berkeley or TU München. As an accredited school, the ISR IB diploma is accepted as "Allgemeine Hochschulreife" in the German system, thus allowing students to attend German universities.
ISR offers an English language summer school program for four weeks this year, July 4th - 29th, 2016. Boarding facilities will also be offered, if you would like to give ISR a try. That way you can see if ISR could become your home away from home.
Even at short notice, ISR offers a trial day for families and potential students to get a first impression. This gives you and your child an opportunity to "test" the school and see what the school's atmosphere is like.
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For further information, please call +49 2131 40388 -0, -11 or -15, visit our Facebook page and the school website: www.isr-school.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.
More information on the programs can be found at:
Strothoff International School
Strothoff International School is a private, all-day school for children from kindergarten to grade 12 (ages 3-18). The school is located in Dreieich, Frankfurt and was established in 2009. We offer an excellent education in a friendly, motivating, concept-driven and inquiry-based learning environment. English is the main language of instruction.
We are an IB World School
The International Baccalaureate (IB) is a non-profit educational organisation based in Geneva. The IB Diploma is the most widely accepted entrance qualification to universities worldwide, including Germany. We are the only IB school in the Rhine-Main area to offer all three IB programmes.
What makes us special?
Our emphasis is on the whole student's well-being and an outstanding education in small classes. We are proud to be the only school in the Rhein-Main area to offer all three International Baccalaureate Programmes, as well as the only school to offer the International Award as part of our extensive extra-curricular activities.
Balancing a rigorous education with a family feel and a firm rooting in traditional values, we believe that we can offer every child a unique educational environment in which he or she can grow into a confident, balanced and caring world citizen.
As a young school, with a dynamic and highly committed staff, we are in the enviable position of being able to take examples of global best practice and synthesise our own, modern vision of what is best for our students.
Would you like to know more about Strothoff International School? Here you can find out how the admissions process works, what subjects your children can study, how we inspire our students to widen their interests and how we support them when they need help: https://www.strothoff-international-school.com
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.
The academic program in years 5-7 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.
Other international Schools
Other international schools in Germany include the Berlin International School, Berlin Metropolitan School, Black Forest Academy, Independent Bonn International School, Dresden International School, Franconian International School, Heidelberg 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