- Where do most parents live?
- Transport to school
- Houses/Apartments around the school
- Do you have a school bus?
The International School of Hamburg is located in Hamburg’s green west. The green and spacious campus is surrounded by the beautiful Hamburg Botanical Garden, some parks and a sports club. This tranquil place is easily accessible through the different measures of transportation. You can get to school via car, public transport, school bus or bicycle. Find out more in our section 'Transportation'.
It can often be rather challenging to find a house or an apartment in the vicinity of the school. Once your child has been accepted to school, it makes sense to join the PTA Facebook group to see if there are any houses currently available. Once you are visiting Hamburg, have a look at ISH's notice board next to the Reception; you may find some good apartment offers. Last but not least: Try out websites like Immonet or Immobilienscout 24, you may be lucky!
- Can students enter mid-year?
- Medical Examinations for new students
- Do students take placement tests?
- My child has specific learning needs. How can I find out if they are met at ISH?
- Do you accept credit cards?
- How is grade level placement determined?
- When are the fees due?
Our Learning Support Department is able to provide support to students with mild to moderate learning needs.
Parents must provide psycho-educational evaluations, individual educational/assessment plans (IEP/IAP) and progress reports as part of the application process. If these are not provided, the school may request for an evaluation by a qualified and recommended specialist.
For younger students, we follow a strict policy cut-off date of October 1. A child must be three to enter Primary 1, four to enter Primary 2, five to enter Primary 3, and six to enter Grade 1 on or before the cut-off date. After this, other factors such as readiness, maturity, academic history, and level of motivation are taken into account
For students whose countries of origin follow a different school year (e.g. South Africa, Japan, South Korea, New Zealand) and who arrive during our second semester, students are placed back in their previous grade level equivalent.
- What is the maximum class size in school?
- Do the children learn German?
- Attendance: Who do I inform if my child is not coming in, is late or leaving earlier?
- At what time does the school day start?
- Are the EAL (English as an Additional language classes) offered after school?
ISH has a very active Parent Teacher Association (PTA). The PTA has two stated goals: to support the school and to support the community of ISH—including the parents, teachers and staff.
There are many different ways that parents can be involved in school life. Most often, parents support the school in organising social and fundraising events.
The heart of the PTA is the WISH Team. Just ask our admissions department to put you in touch with a WISH Team representative, and they will supply you with a phone number and email address for a parent of a ISH student of the same age as your child, who will be happy to share their experiences and insights with you.