Skip To Main Content

Hear Our Story

Frankfurt International School is one of the oldest international schools in Europe, founded in 1961 by a group of six expatriate families from major international companies to meet the need for an English-speaking education in the Frankfurt area.

Since then, FIS has continued to grow, serving as a center of learning for thousands of students from every part of the globe. Our existence has enhanced the economic strength of the Frankfurt Rhein-Main region and our faculty and staff have set a fine example for the FIS alumni who now work in a wide variety of professions worldwide. 

Students on FIS Oberursel Campus in the 1960s

1961

FIS opened in Oberursel, an der Waldlust.

FIS Soccer team from the 1960s

1968

Founding member school of the International Sports League (ISL), renamed International Schools Sports Tournaments (ISST) in 1972.

New Elementary School with Admin Team

1988

New Elementary School building completed. 

Students with a plaque for FISW

1992

FIS Wiesbaden opens in temporary facilities. 

Exterior of the new science center

2006

“Da Vinci” building, purpose-built for the Arts, Performing Arts, Science and Technology for the Upper School opens. 

ECIS logo

1965

Founding member school of the European Council of International Schools (ECIS).

New Building Project 1971

1971

First permanent buildings – classrooms, cafeteria, auditorium, sports field, gymnasium (generously donated by Ernst Teves).

New Primary School Opens

1990

The Primary School opens on Marxstrasse.  

Celebrating the opening of FISW

1998

New FISW Building completed.

Stroth Center

2016

Completion of the Stroth Center for Learning and Athletics, incorporating a three-court gym, new classrooms and community facilities. It honors the memory of Drs. Rolf-Rüdiger and Hazel Stroth, their long association with FIS and their generous bequest in 2015, which aims to provide financial stability and innovation for future generations of students.

Logo of IB World School

1968

Pilot school for the new International Baccalaureate program.

Students at an MUN Conference

1975

One of the first schools participating in the Model United Nations (MUN). 

Boys in the desert volunteering with school

1992

Beginning of the FIS Student Service Project in the Kalahari, South Africa.  

Primary School gate

2001

Primary School moves from Marxstrasse to the new current building. 

ACE CEnter

2021

Completion of the FISW ACE (Arts, Creativity, and Education) Center. 

See What We're Up To