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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 frequent questions asked by families touring the school. If you have a question that is not addressed on this page, please write to admissions@fis.edu and we will provide you with a response within one working day.

Why would I choose FIS for my child?

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.

Our school recently celebrated 50 years of service to the international community of Frankfurt. We have a highly qualified teaching staff (most of whom hold a Masters Degree or above), and a warm welcoming student community. We welcome you to visit our campus so that we can further introduce you to the many opportunities FIS has to offer.

When should I submit my application to FIS?

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 May, although applications will be accepted throughout the school year.

What is the school day schedule for campuses?

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.

Is it necessary for my child to have an interview before acceptance is offered?

No. In most instances, an interview is not required before a student is accepted. However, an interview or student assessment may be required to determine if FIS has an appropriate program to meet a student's needs.

Does FIS accept students with special learning needs?

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, as well as to learn if 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.

Must my child be fluent in English to attend FIS?

No. As an international school, FIS has students representing more than 50 different nationalities. To support this international population, we offer additional English language support at all grade levels. However, we only offer beginning classes in ESL (English as a Second Language) through Grade 8.

Is parent involvement welcomed at the school?

Yes. Our Parent Teacher Group (PTG), Athletic Booster Club (ABC) and Supporters of the Performing Arts (SPA) group involve hundreds of parents in school activities and functions. In addition, many of our teachers – particularly at the earlier grade levels – utilize parent volunteers in the classroom. Parents also volunteer in our libraries.

What languages other than English are offered at FIS?

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.

Is there a school uniform?

No. However, there is a dress code that sets forth appropriate campus attire.

What is the academic calendar?

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.

Are after school activities offered?

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 see the After School Activities page on this site.

How can I get more information about the admissions process at FIS?

To get information about admissions at FIS, please complete this inquiry form. Our admissions team will get back to you within two working days with more information.

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