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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.