Frankfurt International School (FIS) is an independent, coeducational day school, which offers an educational program from First Steps (age 3) through Grade 12 for students of all nationalities. The School was founded in 1961 and the 2011-2012 school year runs from August 17 to June 22.
Mission Statement: Our mission is to inspire individuals to develop their intellect, creativity and character to become independent, adaptable, socially responsible and internationally minded citizens by ensuring a dynamic, inquiry-driven education of the highest standard. We strive to be the leading, culturally diverse and family-oriented international school.
Organization: The School is governed by a 12-member Board of Trustees, all with voting rights. Six members are elected by the parents of children enrolled in the School, and five are appointed by the Board from the wider community. A faculty/staff member is elected by the faculty and staff of FIS/ISW. Honorary Board members may also be appointed.
Curriculum: The curriculum is international, centered on the programs of the International Baccalaureate with strong emphasis on academic rigor and preparation for university studies, and the development of positive character attributes and useful skills. Instruction is in English. German is part of the curriculum for all students and an immersion program is offered at certain grade levels. French and Spanish are offered as foreign languages starting in grade 6. A first-language (mother tongue) program is also offered in Dutch, Japanese, Korean, and Swedish. English-as-a-Second-Language is offered in all grades with basic proficiency levels expected in the upper grades. Numerous co-curricular activities are available in drama, music, arts, literary activities and sports. The School is accredited by The Council of International Schools and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.
Faculty: In the 2011-2012 school year, there are 318 faculty members.
Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year, enrollment was 1,743. These figures include the Wiesbaden campus.
Facilities: The 16-acre Oberursel campus contains a main building for the Elementary and Upper Schools and a separate, purpose-built Primary School for children aged 3-6 years. These buildings comprise over 100 classrooms, art and music rooms, 3 libraries, 11 science and 5 computer labs, a design and technology center, 2 cafeterias, an auditorium/performing arts center, as well as specialist rooms for learning support and counseling. In addition, there is a separate block for central administration, several play areas, 3 gymnasiums, a multi-purpose, all-weather sports field, a high-tech Arts, Science and Technology building. Additional facilities are planned. The School operates a branch campus in Wiesbaden (ISW) from First Steps through Grade 5. The ISW campus was completed in 1998 and includes all relevant facilities including a gymnasium, computer lab, library, and play and recreational space.
Finances: In the 2011-2012 school year, the School's income derives from regular day school tuition and fees. Annual tuition rates are as follows: First Steps to Primary, Grades 1-4: €16,075; Grade 5: €16,275; Grades 6-8: €18,100; Grades 9-10: €18,700; Grades 11-12: €19,075. The registration fee is €500 for new students. The School also charges a capital assessment fee of €11,000 for students on first enrollment to be paid in two installments, €5,500 each in the first and second year for new students from Pre-Primary onwards. The reenrollment fee is €3,000, and transportation costs are €1,530-2,550. These fees are payable in euros. (All fees are quoted in euros).