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Cologne International School

The Internationale Friedensschule Köln / Cologne International School was founded in 2007 to serve the international as well as the local community of Cologne. Its unique profile as being a multicultural, interreligious, interdisciplinary and inclusive school was quickly embraced and the school has grown steadily since its foundation. We offer quality education in the German and English languages for grades 1-12 and have increased in size from 40 pupils in 2007 to 500 in 2015 with 100 members of staff. Approximately 40 different nationalities are represented within our school community.

With a purpose built campus in a new development in Cologne-Widdersdorf we offer our pupils state of the art facilities with bright, spacious classrooms and niches, interactive whiteboards and laptops, technologically advanced science laboratories, an Olympic-sized gymnasium, a school garden and a climbing wall.

IFK/CIS is a non-profit organisation which is partially funded by the state as a state-approved “Ersatzschule” (primary school and grammar school); the international school is an “Ergänzungsschule.”

We are extremely pleased to have gained IB accreditation in 2012 and thus become an IB World School and are now working towards developing our “Oberstufe” and our International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. In the summer of 2016 we will have our first IB graduates and “Abiturienten.”

In the primary school (grades 1-4) the learning objectives of the North Rhine Westphalian and the Cambridge Primary curricula are integrated into the lesson plans, which are based on the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme. With small composite classes of 23 pupils and two homeroom teachers, one German native speaker and one English native speaker, the pupils have truly bilingual education in a small, familiar atmosphere which can best cater to their individual needs. In addition to the core classes, all of our primary pupils learn Spanish, tai chi, kung fu, singing based on the ward method and participate in instrumental lessons.

Pupils of the bilingual grammar school (grades 5-12) continue with the NRW curriculum in small learning groups of 5-11 pupils per tutor and work towards receiving their Abitur. With a minimum average of 8-9 hours of English per week, pupils receive much more intensive English tuition than at public grammar schools. The IB and Cambridge curricula are continued in the international school (grades 5-12), where the language of instruction is English and pupils have at least five hours of German per week. In classes limited to 22, pupils finish the IB PYP in the fifth grade before moving onto the University of Cambridge Secondary I and II programmes, culminating in the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) in year 10. In years 11 and 12 pupils switch back to the IB Diploma Programme. Instrumental and music lessons as well as foreign language tuition (Spanish, French, Latin and Mandarin) remain an integral part of the secondary school programme.

Throughout the school a focus on interdisciplinary learning and individual progress is maintained, enabling our pupils to best develop to their full potential. Individual and small-group support is offered in the languages (ESL and GSL) as well as the core subjects as needed. Furthermore, pupils can participate in a wide range of extracurricular activities, field trips and exchange programmes, which are supported by the Parent Teacher Association.

CONTACT DETAILS

Cologne International School

For more information please refer to our website: www.if-koeln.de. To find out about the admission procedure or to register your child, please contact our Admissions Officer, Beatrice Eickhoff, at beatrice.eickhoff@if-koeln.de or +49 (0)221 / 310 634-219.

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