International Schools in Germany
Updated - January 2015
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
- International School of Hamburg
- Leipzig International School
- Metropolitan International School
- International School Wiesbaden
- ISR International School on the Rhine - NRW
- Rhein-Main International Montessori School
- 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)
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 takes pride in being the only educational institution in Germany providing high quality programs from preschool to university.
accadis International School 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 30 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 280 students, 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 4.
In accadis 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 Elementary School meets the curricular requirements of the State of Hesse and is a state-approved "Ersatzschule", yet the dominant language of instruction is English, thus balancing out 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 accadis 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
Bavarian International School e.V. was established in 1990 to offer a full day English language education to children from the international community in the north of Munich.
Our Haimhausen campus is 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 (neasc.org) and the Council of International Schools (cois.org), Furthermore, BIS is a member of the European Council of International Schools (ecis.org), the Association of German International Schools (agis.org) as well as the National Association for College Admissions Counselling, subscribing to NACAC's Statement of Principles of Good Practice.
We are an IB World School authorized by the International Baccalaureate Organisation (ibo.org) to teach the Primary Years Programme (PYP) in pre-reception through grade 5 since 2002, the Middle Years Programme (MYP) in grades 6-10 since 2012 and the Diploma Programme (DP) in grades 11-12 since 1995. 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 recognized 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".
Maximum class size in Primary School has been set at 20 in Pre-Reception, and 24 in grades Reception to 5. Maximum class size for both the Secondary School (Middle Years grades 6-10) and the IB (grades 11-12) is 24 students, and the average class size school wide is 19 students.
One of the things that parents value most about BIS is its friendly family oriented school feeling and strong sense of community. Today the BIS community represents 44 nationalities and 41 diverse languages among its enrolment of 1000 students and full time teaching staff of 105 teachers.
Now that you have an impression of BIS Haimhausen, it is with great enthusiasm we announce our soon-to-open BIS City Campus in the Schwabing area of Munich city.
In recent years BIS has seen a dramatic increase in the expat community resulting in a higher enrollment demand from the ever-growing international community in Munich. Our Haimhausen campus is nearly at capacity. To ensure our high quality of education is maintained with a maximum class size of 24 students per class, and to continue to serve the growing needs of the Munich international families, the BIS Board and Management reached a unanimous decision in 2011 to plan an additional campus. The City Campus will offer primary students a central Munich location and access to all the cultural offerings the city has to offer, as well as the continued educational excellence BIS is renowned for.
With renovations already underway, the City Campus is due to open its doors in August 2015.
To find out more visit us at 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 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 710 students representing 65 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 50 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 - 450 students, 60 faculty, 60 nationalities
Confident Learners, Creative Thinkers, Caring Community - exploring global perspectives.
Berlin British School (BBS) is an independent school experienced in combining the best of British with an international education to students aged 2-18 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 increasingly 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 2-6 (Toddlers, 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 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 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 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 over 1,750 from more than 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 7. The FIS Wiesbaden Campus will be extending its offerings to include Grade 8 by the 2016/2017 school year.
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 new Science, Design and Technology, and Performing Arts Center.
FIS is recognized as an allgemeinbildende Ergänzungsschule. The website can be found at www.fis.edu.
ISF Internationale Schule Frankfurt-Rhein-Main
The ISF 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 through Grade 12. Located in Frankfurt-Sindlingen, and within easy reach of the S1 and S2 train lines, the multi-purpose campus features modern facilities including a theater, semi-Olympic-sized 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.
As a well-established international school, ISF prepares its students for a number of international external examinations and qualifications including the International Baccalaureate (IB), US Advanced Placement® (AP®) exams, the High School Diploma in Grade 12, and International General Certificate of Education (IGCSE) in Grade 10. As a member of the global SABIS® School Network, ISF implements the SABIS® Educational System, a system of education that focuses on the core subjects of English, math, and world languages. While the main language of instruction at the school 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. Native Korean language classes are available from Grades 1 to 12 and native Japanese classes are available from Grades 9 to 12. With an international curriculum, proven teaching methods, continuous assessment and ongoing academic support, ISF students consistently perform outstandingly on both school and external exams.
In addition to a rigorous academic program, ISF offers students the opportunity to explore develop their talents. The ISF Sportverein (Sports Club) and the SABIS Student Life Organization® (SLO®) offer ISF students many extra-curricular sports and activities to explore and develop a wide range of interests. Student Life also teaches ISF students to be active members and contributors to their school as well as to their community. Before and after-school adult supervision of students is also available as part of ISF’s Extended Daycare Program for students 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) and CIS (Council of International Schools), is a Cambridge Examination Centre and an International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) World School.
ISF offers children an education that prepares them for success in a changing world. For more information, visit www.isf-sabis.net or call 069-3482970 to make an appointment to visit the school.
International School of Hamburg
Values-driven, portable education for a global community
The International School of Hamburg (ISH) was Germany’s very first international school. For more than half a century it has offered a values-driven educational experience that enables all the members of its learning community to reach their full potential.
ISH fulfills the needs of internationally minded parents who desire an excellent international education for their children. It offers the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) and the International Baccalaureate (IB) - two globally recognized curricular models that foster critical thinking, creativity, a spirit of independent enquiry and international-mindedness as well as high academic standards.
ISH combines the IPC (age 3-10), the IB Middle Years Program (MYP) (age 11-16), and the IB Diploma Program (DP) (age 17-19) to deliver a seamless flow from kindergarten/preschool right through to university entry qualification. By making use of the worldwide network of several thousand IPC and IB schools, internationally mobile parents can avoid the many challenges associated with switching to and between national education systems.
A mosaic of nations: Many languages - One community
ISH’s 720 students currently represent more than 50 nationalities. It recruits highly qualified, experienced teachers and administrators from all over the world to create a vibrant, nurturing, student-centered learning experience. Many of the teachers serve as IB examiners, curriculum leaders and/or professional development providers.
Together the students, their parents and the staff form a truly unique community - a mosaic of nations.
The language of instruction is English, yet speakers of all languages benefit from the 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 the school. ISH also provides opportunities for students to study their mother tongue language during the curricular day or after school.
Educating open-minded, responsible students to develop their full potential
Recognizing its responsibility to prepare students for global citizenship, ISH’s mission is to provide them with an 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.
Illustrating their commitment to this mission, its graduates have been able to connect their educational experience to an ever-changing world of employment, advanced study at some of the world’s most 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, get in touch to learn more.
For general information about the school, please visit http://www.ishamburg.org.
To reach the Admissions Officer Ms. Bissonnet, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org or call +49 (0)40 - 8000 50-133.
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
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.
Kindergarten locations are in Heidelberg and Viernheim and a new location is scheduled to open in Mannheim in July 2015. The Primary School and Secondary Schools are in Viernheim.
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, Cambridge International A Level (16 to 19 years) and has applied to be able to offer the European Baccalaureate.
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.
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/
ISR International School on the Rhine - NRW
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. German is taught according to the NRW curriculum. Spanish and French are offered as third language. 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 34 (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:
- International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IB), Grade 11+12
- US Advanced Placement (AP) Exams, Grade 12
- ISR High School Diploma, Grade 12
Leaving certificates qualify for entry to top universities worldwide and in Germany. University and Career Counsellor supports and advises students on their individual path to university is starting at Grade 8.
Forming of character, involvement in nonacademic activities and social projects are part of the curriculum. 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 modern Campus is located near Stadtwald Neuss. Bus transportation to and from ISR Campus is established. 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.isr-school.de.
Rhein-Main International Montessori School
The Rhein-Main International Montessori School (RIMS) is a full-day school, located in Friedrichsdorf, 16 km north of Frankfurt, within easy reach by public transport.
For children starting at 3 years of age, we offer classes in the bilingual Children’s House (Montessori pre-school and kindergarten) through to high school (grade 12), culminating in the German high school diploma/university entrance exam (“Abitur”).
It is our goal to provide our students with a strong foundation for life-long learning. This holistic, child-centred approach makes for a warm and stimulating environment in a family-like atmosphere where everyone - pupils, teachers and parents alike - play an integral role in the development and the success of each individual student.
RIMS follows the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) and German state curricula and offers bilingual instruction (English-German) throughout pre-school/kindergarten and elementary school (grade 4). From grade 5 onwards, RIMS follows the requirements of a German grammar school (“Gymnasium”). Therefore, more emphasis is put on German from then on.
Throughout our school, a focus on individual progress is maintained, enabling our pupils to best develop to their full potential.
In addition to the academic achievements of our students, much weight is put on the development of their social skills and sense of responsibility for themselves and their environment.
RIMS is home to approximately 220 students and 40 staff. It is run by RIMS e.V., a non-profit organization, which is partially funded by the state as a state-approved “Ersatzschule” (elementary school and grammar school), which allows us to offer very competitive fees.
For more information, please visit our website www.rims-web.de.
Rhein-Main International Montessori School e.V.
Tel: 06172 / 76465-0
Fax: 06172 / 7646-25
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: email@example.com; 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, Hamburg International School, International School Hannover Region, 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