Although FIS recognizes outstanding student work in a variety of ways throughout the year, the majority of FIS student awards are presented at graduation-related events at the end of their senior year.
For a look at some of those awards, please see the links below:
This award was created by the Board of Trustees to honor the graduating senior who best embodies the mission statement of Frankfurt International School.
Nominees will be selected by the Grade 12 Year Head, graduation coordinator, and Upper School Principal, based on recommendations from the faculty. Finalist recommendations will be presented to the Board of Trustees for approval prior to the Graduation Ceremony.
This award in the amount of €300, taken from the school's operational fund, shall be presented annually at the Graduation Ceremony by a member of the Board of Trustees.
This award, in the amount of €300, taken from the school's operational fund, shall be presented annually at the graduation ceremony to the two students who throughout Grades 11 and 12 have best fulfilled the requirements of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme CAS program, as decided by the graduation coordinator, assistant principal, and the IB CAS coordinator.
The FIS Alumni Award, in the amount of €300, taken from the school's operational fund, is presented annually at the graduation ceremony to the student who best embodies the spirit of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program, as decided by the graduation coordinator, principal, counselors for Grade 12, and the year head.
In recognition of Dr. Günther Brandt's outstanding services to FIS as Head of School from 1998 to 2004, the Board of Trustees has established the "Dr. Günther Brandt German Culture Studies Stipend". Out of this fund, all costs for an annual trip by the German Language A and German Language B classes to the home of Goethe in Frankfurt shall be paid.
In establishing this stipend, taken from the school's operational fund, the Board acknowledges the great achievements of Dr. Brandt as Head of School as well as his deep interest in German literature. Students benefiting from the stipend as well as their parents shall be informed about its underlying significance before the trip to the Goethe House takes place.
The European Council of International Schools (ECIS) Student Award for International Understanding is annually awarded to a student 'who is a good representative of their own country, with a positive attitude toward the life and culture of others, able to converse in at least two languages, a contributing force to the life of the school, with the ability to bring differing people together into a sense of community, thus furthering the cause of international understanding' (ECIS, London UK; www.ecis.org).
This award, in the amount of €300, taken from the school's operational fund, shall be presented annually at the graduation ceremony to the student who best fulfills the ECIS criteria. Nominees will be recommended to ECIS by the graduation coordinator after consultation with the principal, the counselors for Grade 12, and the Grade 12 year head.
The James E. Buckheit Theory of Knowledge Award was instituted in June 1998 by the Board of Trustees, in acknowledgment of the outstanding service and achievements of James E. Buckheit during his term as Head of School from 1993 to 1998.
This award in the amount of 300 €, taken from the school's operational fund, shall be presented annually at the graduation ceremony to the senior who is selected by the Theory of Knowledge faculty as most exemplifying the objectives of the Theory of Knowledge course: critical thinking, clarity of expression, and appreciation for the complexities of human knowledge.
The Mark E. Ulfers Leadership Award was instituted in March 2011 by the Board of Trustees, in acknowledgment of the outstanding services and achievements of Mark E. Ulfers during his term as Head of School from 2005 - 2010.
This award in the amount of 300 euro, taken from the school's operational fund, shall be presented annually by the Chair of the Board of Trustees at a community event to a member of the community who has demonstrated outstanding leadership qualities for the good of the school during that school year, in addition to his/her normal duties. Nominations for the award recipient shall be accepted from the FIS community. Nomination of close family members is not encouraged. The decision as to the recipient of this award will be made by the Board of Trustees prior to the May Board meeting.
The Board of Trustees instituted the Otis Thorndike Award in memory of Mr. Otis Thorndike, Board Chair, who was killed in an accident in Frankfurt in May 1975.
This award in the amount of €300, taken from the school's operating fund, shall be presented annually at the graduation ceremony to the student who has the highest grade point average, calculated over both Grade 11 and Grade 12.
For more information on specific awards given to Upper School students at graduation, please see the Frankfurt International School Policy Manual (login required; please note that user name is first name and last name with a space in between.)