Frequently Asked Questions

Below are the answers to a few of the frequently asked questions surrounding our REAL After School Activities program.

What is the REAL program?

REAL is an acronym for Recreation, Enrichment and Learning. The program offers a wide range of extracurricular opportunities for both students and adults.

What sports courses are offered through the REAL program?

The emphasis of the REAL program is "activity" rather than competition. Active classes include individual and team sports, games and other fitness opportunities like yoga and Zumba.

Outside of REAL, FIS's athletics program caters to a large number of students in Grades 6-12, with highly competitive teams in 11 different sports over three seasons – one each season with a "no cut" policy. The Upper School has also started an intramural sports program through its new House System and is looking to expand this offering.

For younger students, the school offers a Saturday Sports program with soccer (fall), basketball (winter) and baseball (spring), to students age 4 to Grade 5.

When students are unable to participate in an official FIS team sport or athletic REAL activity, we can help facilitate a student’s entry into a local club sport.

How do you ensure the quality of the programs?

We hire qualified and passionate instructors for all of our REAL programs and evaluate the quality of the courses and instruction at the end of each REAL term by surveying participants.

Participant feedback is welcome at any time and should be directed to REAL Activities Director Ryan Erickson at

How can I suggest a new REAL course?

We are always looking for new and exciting opportunities to offer in the REAL program and will consider adding new classes – or sections of a popular class – provided we have sufficient space, resources and interest.

If you have a particular interest that you are passionate about, contact and ask to explore the possibilities.

What transportation options are available for students following REAL activities?

Students have several transportation options following REAL After School Activities:

Late Buses
A late bus to select locations is available for Grade 6-12 students for 6 EUR per ride. For specific route information, please contact the transportation office. The US Consulate also sponsors a free late bus Monday through Thursday for students (all ages) living at the US Consulate Siedlung.

Public Transportation
Local buses and trains are reliable options for students traveling from the Oberursel campus. For route information, please visit

Does the REAL program offer a waitlist for classes that are full?

The REAL program offers a wide range of activities throughout the week – approximately 22 different courses each day – to allow as much participation as possible.

If classes are full when you try to register, we recommend adding your name to the waitlist as we are often able to accommodate requests due to changes that occur.

Does the REAL program make a profit from course fees?

No. Like FIS, the REAL program is a stand-alone non-profit entity. Its fee structure has been designed simply to cover its operating costs.

Primary School
Alfred-Lechler-Str. 10
61440 Oberursel, Germany
+49 (0) 6171-2024-500
Elementary/Upper School
An der Waldlust 15
61440 Oberursel, Germany
+49 (0) 6171-2024-0
Wiesbaden Campus
Rudolf-Dietz-Str. 14
65207 Wiesbaden, Germany
+49 (0) 6127-9940-0
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