Frankfurt International School
Frankfurt International School, founded in 1961, offers an international education to the international community of the Rhein-Main area, with English as the language of instruction. Its students come from 46 countries: 32% are American, 9% British, 19% German, 8% Korean and 5% Japanese. FIS is a co- educational day school situated 17 kilometres north-west of Frankfurt, the financial center of Germany. It is a non-profit association governed by its Board of Trustees. The school is accredited by the New England Association of Schools & Colleges and by ECIS. Admission is open to all students who are able to meet the standards and requirements of the curriculum.
The academic program is international. Graduating students receive a High School Diploma. FIS also prepares students for the International Baccalaureate Diploma. Approximately 90% of the graduates go on to universities throughout the world. German language instruction is available throughout all grades, French in grades 6-12, and Spanish in grades 6-12. A mother-tongue (first language) program is offered during the school day in Dutch, Finnish, Swedish and Japanese. Strong athletic, physical education and fine arts programs are offered, and students are encouraged to participate in the many co-curricular opportunities.
All teachers hold university degrees and/or certification, have had an average of six years teaching experience and stay for an average of five years. There are specialists in counseling, learning disabilities, vocal and instrumental music, drama, computing and information technology. The student-teacher ratio is 10:1 for the upper school, 11:1 for the primary and elementary schools, and the maximum class size is 22.
Each division is headed by its own principal. Lessons are held 08:40-15:05 hours, five days a week, on 180 days, August through June. School transportation serves most areas.
The 16-acre main campus contains a main building for the Elementary and Upper schools and a separate, purpose-built Primary School for children aged 3-7 years. These buildings comprise approximately 100 classrooms, art and music rooms, three libraries, nine science and five computer labs, two cafeterias, an auditorium/performing arts centre as well as specialist rooms for learning supporting and counselling. In addition there is a separate block for central administration, a play area, three gymnasiums, a grass sports field and an all-weather field. There is an instalments arrangement for payment of the capital assessment fee: one x €2,050 and two x €1,530
Last modified February 22, 2007