- Where do most families live?
- Can students enter mid year?
- Do you have a school bus?
- Do you accept credit cards?
- My child has specific learning needs, how will I know if these can be met at ISH?
- How is grade level placement determined?
- What is the maximum class size?
- Where can I find information about houses around school?
- Do the children learn German?
- At what time in the morning does the school start?
- Are the EAL classes after school?
- When are the fees due?
- Do the students take placement tests?
- Attendance - Whom do I inform if a student is not coming to school, leaving early or arriving late?
- Does an applicant at ISH need medical examinations?
- Where do ISH students come from?
- Can students reach ISH by public transportation?
- How can parents get involved at school?
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.
We have students from over 50 nations, with over 30 different mother-tongues. Most of our German students will have lived abroad for many years and attended international schools prior to joining ISH. On average our students are with us for 3 years. Around 30% of our students relocate at the end of each school year.
Older students (grade 5 and up) often travel to and from school by S-Bahn and bus, from locations throughout Hamburg. Students take the S1 train to Klein Flottbek, and then transfer to bus 21 for the five minute trip from there to school. This allows them to take part in after school activities and then travel home independently. Many of our students travel by bike and ISH has a big bike shed to store them. For further information see our Contact & Directions page.
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.