CREATING A WORLD OF OPPORTUNITIES SINCE 1961
FRANKFURT INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL
Our mission is to be the leading, culturally diverse and family-oriented international school with English as the principal language of instruction.
MISSION We inspire individuals to develop their intellect, creativity and character to become independent, adaptable, socially responsible and internationally
minded citizens, by ensuring a dynamic, inquirydriven education of the highest standard.
WELCOME TO AN EXCEPTIONAL EDUCATIONAL ENVIRONMENT
Our school is a very special place with a mission to inspire young individuals to develop their intellect, creativity and character to grow into adaptable, socially responsible global citizens by ensuring a dynamic, inquiry-driven education of the highest standard. With this viewbook, we wish to provide you with a flavor of the learning, laughter, and care that occurs daily in each of our classrooms, theaters, and sports facilities at Frankfurt International Schoolâ€™s campuses in Oberursel and Wiesbaden. A wellrounded, dynamic and challenging education is the best tool to enable our children to meet both the ever-changing challenges of the 21st century and an increasingly competitive and creative world. The educators at FIS are looking to the future while
building on tradition and a strong partnership between school, home, and the international community. Serving a community of over 50 nations, FIS is a nonprofit international school in the Frankfurt/Rhein-Main region devoting all of its resources to your childâ€™s education, development, and safety. We take great pride in the enriched culture of our student and faculty population. This diversity enriches our teaching and learning and is at the very heart of our mission, which drives us to be nothing less than the leading culturally diverse and family-oriented international school worldwide. We welcome you to join us on this journey.
Dr. Paul M. Fochtman, Head of School
OVER 50 YEARS OF BUILDING SUCCESS
DISTINCTION What makes one school stand out from all the others? Is it a long history of caring and competent students and teachers who strive to make the world a better place? Is it the way a school builds unity from its diverse students? Could it be the way a school strengthens its community of families or anticipates future learning trends? We believe the answer is not one, but all of the above. Guided by our mission statement and beliefs, a set of values agreed upon across the school community, we prepare our students to go out and make a diďŹ€erence in the world.
NATIONS UNITED BY LEARNING
UNITY Nothing better unites a diverse group than striving toward a common goal. At FIS, students representing more than fifty nationalities bond together in pursuit of academic challenges while striving for a deeper understanding of themselves and the world around them. We celebrate and learn from our diďŹ€erences throughout the year, both inside and outside of the classroom. Our students quickly learn that diversity is a strength of our school, and they take this lesson with them and apply it to our world community.
â€œIt makes me proud, both as a member of the Board and as a parent, to see how the whole FIS community embraces the challenges of learning for the future, guiding our students from their very first steps to helping them realize their true potential as responsible adults of the 21st century.â€? Michael McKay, Chairman of the Board of Trustees
COMMUNITY WHERE FAMILIES FIND A HOME
When a student is accepted into the FIS community, the school makes a commitment to the entire family as well. We are a family-oriented school, a place where a meaningful partnership of mutual support is created between home and school. The richness of our school is grounded in the way we communicate with and actively involve everyone at FIS in our learning community. Many of our families have traveled far from their countries of origin, and we make sure they find a home here at our school.
ENGLISH: A FOUNDATION TO BUILD UPON
LANGUAGE English is the principal language of instruction at FIS. It unifies our diverse student body and allows us to build a learning community on common ground. Our ESL (English as a Second Language) program ensures that all students quickly reach a proficiency level which allows them to participate in all subjects. In addition to English, most of our students are fluent in one or two other languages. German is taught across all grade and proficiency levels. Beginning in Grade 6, Spanish and French are added to German as foreign language options. In addition, we oďŹ€er firstlanguage instruction in Dutch, Swedish, Japanese and Korean. English is the foundation of our educational program, oďŹ€ering a common ground from which to prepare our students to be active leaders in the international community.
“FIS provides an excellent learning environment that enhances academic achievement, builds on a solid language foundation and encourages a life-long love of learning. Our teachers share this sense of purpose, and at the same time value and promote our students’ personal, social and emotional development.” Rhiannon Wood, Upper School Principal
EXCELLENCE AN EDUCATION OF THE HIGHEST STANDARD
FIS is a school where exceptional teachers inspire students to reach their full potential. We accomplish this by selectively recruiting only the best faculty from around the world, teachers who can prove a passion for making learning come alive in a meaningful way. Our faculty utilize the most current teaching practices and tools in an environment that caters to the students’ individual needs. FIS student performance results, which are published annually and constantly measured against other international schools, have consistently been above the worldwide average.
CREATIVITY ABOUNDS ALL YEAR
CREATIVITY FIS earned its stellar reputation not only from nurturing students’ intellectual abilities, but also by stimulating their creative potential. From the early grades through our Upper School, a student’s education is enriched with art, music, drama and a variety of other creative mediums that help to develop well-rounded personalities with the multi-faceted skills they need in today’s challenging, ever-changing world. As parents attend student exhibitions and performances held throughout the school year, they quickly learn that creativity blossoms all year at FIS.
CREATIVITY “This school provides a wonderful array of curricular and extra-curricular offerings led by enthusiastic adults. My students feel good here!” Dr. Carola Murray-Seegert, FIS Faculty
STRONG MINDS NEED STRONG BODIES
BALANCE The FIS athletic facilities oﬀer excellent opportunities for students’ physical education through the school’s curricular and interscholastic athletic programs. While developing strong bodies, students also hone the skills of teamwork, sportsmanship, and selfdiscipline. Beginning with an after school sports program for younger students and progressing to competitive exchanges with schools across Europe, FIS students can develop and pursue their love of sports throughout the school year.
LEARNING FOR THE FUTURE
Todayâ€™s education requires 21st-century learning tools. As our children grow, from the Primary School student learning to navigate a keyboard to the Upper School student developing complex programming skills in our state-of-the-art design and technology labs, they gain the skills necessary to help them succeed in the university and job markets beyond our campus. The Internet is a common tool for learning and research â€“ for students and teachers, because learning at FIS is life-long learning. As technology constantly evolves, we will consistently provide students with the most advanced information technology facilities, theory and skills to support their learning.
“One of the reasons our students are so successful in their college applications is the rigor of our academic program. Colleges and universities have come to know our graduates as students who are well equipped to meet the challenges that await them when they leave our campus and enter the world of university studies.” Bill Starns, Upper School College Counselor
INQUIRY THE INQUIRY-BASED APPROACH OF THE INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE
Education is not simply the process of finding correct answers to age-old questions. At its heart, it is an ongoing process of inquiry and discovery, where developing appropriate questions and unearthing new ideas leads students to a deeper understanding and personal ownership of a subject matter. FIS was the first, and for a long time the only, school in the Frankfurt/Rhein-Main area authorized to oﬀer the International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme. We lay a foundation in the Primary and Elementary Schools with the inquiry-based approach to learning of the Primary Years Programme (PYP), while the IB Diploma allows students the option of graduating with this highly respected degree that is recognized worldwide. Currently 80-90 % of our students graduate with this distinction.
GLOBAL CITIZENS OF CHARACTER
As students develop their minds and bodies, they must also be given the guidance to grow into individuals with a set of strong values that will allow them to make good decisions for themselves and the broader community. FIS students learn this personal and global responsibility through classroom discussions, counseling support, and real-life experiences of helping others inside and outside of the school community. The FIS experience oďŹ€ers students a unique perspective that allows them to build their selfesteem while also building a brighter future for others.
A PARTNERSHIP WITH PARENTS
PARTNERSHIP Parents at FIS have many key volunteer roles to play in our school community. They help lead the school as members of its Board of Trustees, volunteer in classrooms and on trips, and continually assist with a variety of events, clubs and activities on all campuses throughout the school year. There is an active Parent Teacher Group (PTG) to coordinate parent seminars and host seasonal festivals; countless volunteers give invaluable support to the performing arts and athletics departments. FIS and its parent community are partners in a joint venture to provide students with the best possible learning experience.
PARTNERSHIP â€œThe children are encouraged to develop skills that go beyond the purely academic. They can grow in a truly multicultural environment while being able to be proud of their own traditions, language and home culture.â€? Manuela Ficarelli, Parent
CHOICE ONE SCHOOL â€“ THREE CAMPUSES
Over the years and due to an everincreasing demand for high-quality education, FIS has grown into three campuses designed to meet every need of our children and families. Two of these are located in Oberursel, a suburb of Frankfurt/Main. The third campus is located in a beautiful country setting of Naurod, a short drive away from the center of Wiesbaden, and 40 kilometers (25 miles) from central Frankfurt/Rhein-Main. All of the campuses adhere to the same high standards of teaching excellence; they are governed by one central administration and a Board of Trustees.
EXPERIENCE FIS PRIMARY CAMPUS, OBERURSEL
EXPERIENCE A child’s first introduction to a school environment can be critical to his or her future academic success. Knowing the importance of these early years, FIS has created a purpose-built primary campus, nestled at the foothills of the wooded Taunus hills, just a short walk from the main campus. Serving over 250 students from First Steps (age three) through Grade 1, the early childhood program not only eases a child’s transition into the FIS Elementary School, it also sets a strong foundation of thinking skills that lead to a lifelong love of learning. The campus is fully self-suﬃcient, with its own cafeteria, gymnasium, computer lab, performance area and specialized classrooms for art and music.
FIS WIESBADEN CAMPUS, NAUROD
WIESBADEN Many of our families have their home among the beautiful rolling hills surrounding Wiesbaden. To serve their needs and provide additional international education capacity in the Frankfurt/RheinMain area, we have established a satellite school, FIS Wiesbaden, which serves roughly 220 children from First Steps through Grade 5. A visit to this campus often leaves parents wishing they could return to their youth and make use of the superb facilities in this idyllic location. After successfully graduating from Grade 5 at the Wiesbaden campus, students are guaranteed admittance to Grade 6 at the Upper School in Oberursel.
WIESBADEN “I really didn’t want to move to Frankfurt at first, but when I got here, everyone was really nice and made me feel welcome. Now I don’t want to leave.” Chris Shields, Student
FIS MAIN CAMPUS, OBERURSEL
The main campus in Oberursel provides schooling for approximately 1,300 students in Grades 2 through Grade 12 and also houses the schoolâ€™s main administration. The Elementary School, consisting of Grades 2-5, builds essential skills and confidence through a balanced yet challenging curriculum. The Upper School, Grades 6-12, provides students with a rich and demanding college preparatory program. This program is supplemented with a variety of extracurricular activities, organized clubs, and service projects that often lead to travel and exchanges in other parts of Europe.
FIS AT YOUR SERVICE
SERVICE In order to meet the broader needs of our FIS families, all three campuses oﬀer a variety of auxiliary services. Our school operates the largest private bus service in Germany, making more than 225 stops in the greater Frankfurt/Rhein-Main area. Three diﬀerent cafeterias provide nourishing and appetizing meals that also take into consideration a variety of religious and cultural dietary preferences. In addition, the school employs qualified nurses at each campus, and students are covered, free of charge, by limited accident insurance. Extended care is oﬀered through the Recreation Enrichment and Learning Program (REAL), which oﬀers many afterschool learning options for students. 18
BUILDING ON A RENOWNED HISTORY
“The people I met at FIS changed my life. It wasn’t until I graduated that I realized the importance of these wonderful relationships.” Lea Foverskov, Alumna
In 1961, a group of six expatriate families joined together to start what is now FIS. In its first oﬃcial year, 70 pupils from ten countries began their studies in a turn-of-the-century villa that remains a cornerstone of the school’s modern campus. We were the first school to receive joint accreditation from the European Council of International Schools (ECIS) and the New England Association of Schools & Colleges (NEASC). Over the years, our successful alumni have furthered the school’s renown, and they maintain the close ties they built on our campus through events and reunions sponsored by the FIS Alumni Association. Those who join our community today become a part of our history and are warmly welcomed into the FIS alumni communities around the world.
HOW TO JOIN THE FIS COMMUNITY
Applications for admission to FIS are accepted throughout the school year. Given that space is often limited, it is advised to contact the school as early as possible to inquire if space is available. Admission to the school requires timely and complete submission of all forms and records. We may also conduct a personal interview before admission and testing may be required of students with special needs or limited English prior to placement. Please contact the admissions director for further information at firstname.lastname@example.org . 20
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