Our Admissions office recognizes that applying to a new school can be a daunting process, and we are committed to supporting you every step of the way as you explore the possibility of joining our community.
Admission to FIS can be highly competitive due to the large number of families applying each year. Ideally, applications should be submitted soon after 1 January, prior to the beginning of a new school year. We accept applications throughout the school year, but an earlier application in will increase the chances of being able to accommodate your family’s needs. Some applicants may need to wait a year or longer in order to gain admission to the school. Please review our General Student Application Information to better understand our priority system for admission and waiting lists.
The FIS school year begins in mid August and ends in mid to late June. Students who apply to begin in August from countries with a different school calendar, such as Korea or Japan, generally continue in the grade in which they are currently enrolled. If these same applicants wish to begin in the middle of a school year, placement will be based on the grade they have most recently completed at their previous school.
Start the ProcessTo apply for admission, please complete our online application. In addition to the online application, we require:
- Copy of student passport or birth certificate
- Completed FIS Student Medical Record with immunization history
- School transcripts and records for the past two years (in English)
- One passport-sized photograph of the student
- Student Referral form, completed by current teacher for Grade 2-12 applicants
- Standardized testing results, if available
- Psycho-Educational report, if applicable
FIS has firm age requirements for those applying to our First Steps through Grade 1 program.
- First Steps: Student must be three years old before 1 September of that school year.
- Pre-Primary: Student must be four years old before 1 September of that school year.
- Primary: Student must be five years old before 1 September of that school year.
- Grade 1: Student must have turned six before 1 September of that school year.
FIS has limited resources for students with special needs and, by policy, can only assist students with mild disabilities.
To learn whether your child qualifies for learning support – and if space is available – please submit an early application along with a recent psycho-education evaluation and other documents related to the student’s special needs and services.
If your child has any special medical, support or testing needs, it is important that you share this information on the application.
If your child is in need of extra English support, FIS accepts beginning English speakers through Grade 8.
Beginning in Grade 9, FIS requires an intermediate level of English skills and offers an ESL placement test to assess a student’s English proficiency.
FIS has a Corporate Partnership Program with a select number of companies that make a substantial annual investment in the school in return for a limited number of guaranteed placements. There are approximately 11 companies in this program and by policy, it impacts less than 10% of the enrollment at the school.
The Corporate Partnership Program is not managed by the admissions office but companies with more than five students enrolled in the school can make inquiries directly to the Head of School's office.
For more information, please contact Dr. Paul Fochtman at Paul_Fochtman@fis.edu.
Our school's status as a supplementary school (Ergänzungschule) offering the IB Diploma Programme has certain consequences for students holding only a German passport.
Please read the Merkblatt für deutsche Familien for this important information.
German students also need a special permit to attend FIS and must submit a form (Ausnahmegenehmigungsantrag) that requests authorization from their local school office (Schulamt) for their child to enroll at FIS.
For more information about the special permit, please read the Information über die Ausnahmegenehmigung.