Frequently Asked Questions
The admissions office welcomes the opportunity to answer any questions you may have regarding an application to the school.
Below are some of the most frequently asked questions by families touring the school. If you have a question that is not addressed on this page, please send us an email and we will provide you with a response within one working day.
If you are looking for a school that balances a challenging academic curriculum with opportunities for pursuing athletics, arts and community service, look no further.
We have a highly qualified teaching staff (most of whom hold a Masters Degree or above), and a warm welcoming student community. We invite you to visit our campus so that we can further introduce you to the many opportunities FIS has to offer.
The FIS academic year begins in August and applications for any given school year can be submitted starting in January of the same year.
Given that space is often limited, families are encouraged to submit an application prior to 1 March, although applications will be accepted throughout the school year.
At our Wiesbaden Campus the school day starts at 8:35 for all grades. Dismissal time for First Steps is 12:20, and for all other grades is 15:10.
The schedule for our Oberurel Campus is as follows:
- Primary School: 8:40 – 12:00 for the First Steps half-day program; for all other grades, dismissal time is 14:45 for those taking the bus, 14:50 for parent pick up.
- Elementary School: 8:30 – 15:05
- Upper School: 8:32 – 15:10
Please note that After School Activities are available at both campuses throughout the school year, which provide supervised activities for students beginning at 15:30.
Our school policy states that FIS “offers a limited program for students with special learning needs, which is designed to serve a limited number of students with mild disabilities”.
To determine if a child meets this requirement, or whether there is space in the learning support program, parents should submit FIS applications early as possible. In addition to the application, a recent psycho-educational assessment report and other pertinent records regarding past educational plans and services must be submitted to the admissions office.
FIS offers German as a foreign language as well as German for native/fluent speakers to those students who are fluent in English. Beginning in the Pre-Primary grade, the German program centers mainly on listening, comprehension, and speaking skills.
In Grade 2 students are more formally introduced to reading and writing skills in German.
In Grade 6, French and Spanish are also offered as foreign languages. In addition, FIS has a First Language Program for students wishing to maintain their fluency in Swedish, Korean, Dutch and Japanese.
No. However, there is a dress code that sets forth appropriate campus attire.
The academic calendar shows only the school holidays and major dates you need to plan your holidays.
Please visit our Academic Calendar page to download calendars for current and upcoming school years.
Do German students need special authorization (Sondergenehmigung) from the local school office (Schulamt) to attend FIS?
Yes. Parents of students holding only a German passport must complete a form that notifies their local school authority that their child will be attending FIS.
By nature of our school’s status and recognition as a supplementary school (Ergänzungsschule) offering the IB Diploma Programme, this is a routine requirement needed to inform the authorities.
Detailed information is available on the Admissions Process page.
Yes. Both campuses offer after school activities covering a wide range of activities from sports and academic enrichment, to the performing and visual arts. There is an added fee for each class and parents or a designated adult must pick up students after the activity.
For more information, please visit our After School Activities page.