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ISH: A home away from home

Q & A for German families

Does ISH offer German lessons?

German is a standard and highly valued part of our school curriculum. Generally students will attend German lessons starting in Grade 1. However, students in the Junior School who are at a beginner English level (EAL level A) will not join the German program but have additional English classes until they move to the English intermediate level  (EAL level B). This also applies for German mother tongue students.

Do you have many local German families at ISH?

We have a very balanced mix of international students and local families in each grade level. Up to 1/3 of our students are local families or have a German-speaking background. 

My child has only little or no English experience so far – is that a problem?

Not at all! Our EAL (English as an Additional Language) Department offers intensive language support in close cooperation with the class teacher. Subject-specific vocabulary and topics are taught in small groups to make sure that each student feels confident and can actively participate in class.

Will my child be able to build long-lasting friendships at an international school?

Absolutely! About 1/3 of our 770 students accompany us 5 years and longer. Making and maintaining friendships is key to our core values as a school, as well as welcoming our many new students each year.

All ISH graduates are welcome to join our vibrant ISH Alumni network, which is currently comprised of more than 600 ISH alumni around the globe.

How big are the classes?

Our maximum class size is 24, but this varies depending on the grade level. On average we currently have about 17 students per class. These small classes enable us to create a positive and focused learning environment in which teachers strive to inspire and motivate every student while ensuring a high academic level and the social and emotional well-being of every child in our care.

What kind of extra-curricular activities does ISH offer?

We offer a wide range of extra-curricular programs, from sports (gymnastics, soccer, basketball, etc.) and music lessons (rock band, choir, individual instrument lessons, etc.)  to special clubs (sustainability club, chess club, arts, debate team, theater, etc.). 

Is it possible to obtain the German Abitur?

At ISH we offer the internationally highly recognized International Baccaleaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP), which can be also certified as an equivalent to the German “Hochschulzugangsberechtigung”. We do not offer the Abitur but our students are able to study at German universities.

Do you offer school tours?

We would love to show you around our school premises and answer all your questions! Please reach out via admissions@ishamburg.org in order to schedule a school tour.  

How do I apply to the International School of Hamburg?

At ISH we have an Online-Application that can be found in the Admissions section of our website.  

We would love to welcome you on board!