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"Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today." Malcolm X 


Moving to Hamburg

Where do most parents live?

Most families live in the Western suburbs of Hamburg, anywhere between Othmarschen, Nienstedten to Blankenese and Rissen. There is also a number of people living on the western side of the Alster. Those students can use the school bus to reach ISH.

Transport to school

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'.

Houses/Apartments around the school

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!

Do you have a school bus?

Yes we do! Click here for more information.

Enrolling at ISH

Can students enter mid-year?

ISH has an ongoing Admissions process. Students can enter throughout the year.

Medical Examinations for new students

Medical examinations are not required at the time of the application; admitted students, however, may not start attending school without first submitting the Health Form completed by parents.

Do students take placement tests?

All students from Grade 6 to 12 have to take placement tests in both English and Mathematics. These tests can either be sent to the school the child is currently attending or can be taken in the Admissions Office. Please call to set an appointment.

My child has specific learning needs. How can I find out if they are met at ISH?

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.

Do you accept credit cards?

ISH does not accept credit cards. Payments can be made by bank transfer. Our bank details are listed on our Schedule of Fees. The Application Fee can also be paid in cash to the Admissions Office.

How is grade level placement determined?

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.

When are the fees due?

The school fees are due on August 1st when starting school at the beginning of a school year.

When starting mid year, school fees are due within 14 days of receipt of invoice.

The school day

What is the maximum class size in school?

Maximum class sizes are 20 in the Early Childhood Centre and 24 across the rest of the school. Classes rarely reach that number. The average class size is currently at approx. 17 students per class in Junior and Secondary School. In the Early Childhood Centre, the average class size is at 13.

Do the children learn German?

All children learn German as of Grade 1. German is not taught in the ECC (Early Childhood Centre).

Attendance: Who do I inform if my child is not coming in, is late or leaving earlier?

Always inform the division secretary, Ms. Gromoll for the Junior School and Ms. Pistoia for the Secondary School; it is also advisable to inform the student’s tutor in the Secondary. An email is the best way to convey the information, but a phone call to the secretary is also possible.

At what time does the school day start?

The ECC and Junior School start at 8.30.

The Secondary school day starts at 8.15 and before that students must leave their coats and bags in the locker and take to homeroom the material/books they will need for the first 2 periods.

Are the EAL (English as an Additional language classes) offered after school?

EAL classes are offered during the school day.

What is the language of instruction?

Language of instruction at ISH is English. 

Student/Family life at ISH

How can parents get involved?

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.