Frankfurt International School (FIS) is an independent, coeducational day school, which offers an exceptional educational program from first steps (age 3) through grade 12 for students representing more than 60 nationalities. The school was founded in 1961, and the 2020-2021 school year runs from August 12 to June 22. The school’s mission is to be the leading culturally diverse and family-oriented international school with English as the principal language of instruction. The school inspires young 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.
Organization: The school is governed by a 12-member Board of Trustees consisting of current parents. 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. Honorary board members may also be appointed.
Curriculum: The international curriculum is centered on the programs of the International Baccalaureate with strong emphasis on academic rigor and preparation for university studies. Leadership skills and positive character attributes are embedded in learning from the early years onward. Instruction is in English. German is part of the curriculum for all students with French and Spanish offered as foreign languages starting in grade 6. Numerous cocurricular activities are available in drama, music, arts, literary activities, and competitive sports. Design technology labs have multiple 3D printers, and the science department is equipped with multiple 3D microscopes. The school is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. The upper school employs 6.2 counselors, and more than 130 colleges and universities visit the campus each year to recruit FIS students. FIS graduates routinely have among the highest IB results in the world and are accepted to competitive universities around the world.
Faculty: In the 2020-2021 school year, there are 227 faculty members. There is a very low turn-over of faculty at FIS, and the majority of teachers hold a Masters degree or higher in education. The school also employs learning coaches that support the needs of challenged and highly capable students and also enriches the offerings available in core subject areas. The school invests heavily in ongoing professional development opportunities for faculty.
Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year, enrollment was 1,818. FIS has the highest enrollment of American students of any international school in Germany, while still serving a diverse community of over 60 nationalities. 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 120 classrooms, art and music rooms, three libraries, 14 science labs, a design and technology center, two cafeterias, an auditorium/performing arts center, as well as specialist rooms for learning support and counseling. In addition, facilities include a separate block for central administration, several play areas, a multipurpose area, two all-weather sports fields, and a high-tech arts, science and technology building. The sports and learning center provides extra classrooms, a fitness center, a spinning room, three sports halls, changing rooms, and multipurpose rooms. The school operates a branch campus in the countryside village of Naurod, outside of Wiesbaden, from first steps through grade 8 which has well equipped facilities including a gymnasium, science lab, library-media center, cafeteria, and outdoor recreational space, with a strong emphasis on personalized instruction. In addition, a new ACE (Arts, Creativity and Education) Center is being purpose built to provide an enhanced teaching and learning environment for Design & Technology and Visual Arts, including a 3D Printer, Maker Space, and Coding and Robotics. The ACE Center also comprises a new Black Box Studio and flexible collaboration areas.
Finances: In the 2020-2021 school year, the school’s income derives from regular day school tuition and fees. Annual tuition rates are as follows: first steps, primary, pre-primary: €24,230; grades 1-4: €24,650; grade 5: €24,870; grades 6-8: €27,890; grades 9-10: €28,700; and grades 11-12: €29,200. The registration fee is €1,000 for new students. The school also charges a capital assessment fee of €12,000 for students on first enrollment to be paid in two installments, €6,000 each in the first and second year for new students from pre-primary onwards. The reenrollment fee is €300, and transportation costs are €2,080-€3,350. (All fees quoted and payable in euros.)
Information and statistics are current as of September 2020 and are provided by the school.