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"The foundation of every state is the education of its youth". - Diogenes

Enrolment Policy & Procedure

The International School of Hamburg exists to provide a quality international education in English for children in Hamburg.

In general, admission is open to all students who can profit from such an education. The school cannot accept for admission students who:

  • require a self-contained program of special education separate from the mainstream;
  • cannot cope with the physical limitations of the buildings;
  • have a poor previous scholastic or behavioral record.

In the event of a waiting list being necessary, qualified applicants will be admitted on a “first come, first serve“ basis, giving due consideration to alternative choices of schools available in Hamburg and the international background of the family. Priority will be given to international students who would be unable to cope in the local German school system, and whose parents are on an international assignment in Hamburg for a limited time.

Enrolment Procedure

Families who are interested in sending their children to ISH should first contact the Admissions Office. Where possible, an appointment should be made for an interview to discuss the transfer and to see the school.

The Application Form should be completed and sent in with the application fee and previous school records, as well as a Confidential Assessment Form from the previous school.

Upon receipt of the above documents, an appointment will be made with the relevant member of the Administration to arrange a placement. Previous school records are important to all decisions in the admissions process and, where possible, should be submitted with the application.

Students are accepted throughout the year but will be placed in a grade or class according to the assessment made by the administration, and after placement testing in Mathematics and in English.