Frankfurt International School
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|Frankfurt International School e.V.|
|An Der Waldlust 15, 61440 Oberursel
Rudolf-Dietz-Strasse 14, 65207 Wiesbaden
|Motto||A World of Opportunities|
|Head of school||Dr. Paul M. Fochtman|
|Grades||First Steps (Program for 3-year-old children) - 12th grade|
The Frankfurt International School (FIS) is an English-language day school located in Oberursel, near Frankfurt am Main, Germany. Founded in 1961, it provides instruction to almost 1,800 students from over 50 countries.
FIS consists of the Primary School (Age 3 to Grade 1), Elementary School (Grades 2-5), and Upper School (Grades 6-12). A second campus is in Wiesbaden-Naurod and has an enrollment of approximately 200 students age 3 to Grade 8.
Curriculum and accreditation
FIS is accredited by the Council of International Schools and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. It is also an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School and a founding member of that organization. The school implements a curriculum based on the principles espoused in the Primary Years Program and International Baccalaureate Diploma Program.
Subjects taught include, but are not limited to, Economics, Business, History, Geography, Psychology, Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics at three different levels, Computer Science, Design and Technology, Visual Arts, Music and Theater. The school offers language instruction in German as the host country language and a variety of further language programs: English as a Second Language, First Language (mother tongue) in Korean, Japanese, Swedish and Dutch, with French or Spanish as foreign languages in Grades 6-12. Instruction in additional languages is available in the after school program. All students in Grades 2-12 also have access to 24 languages through the Rosetta Stone online learning program.
Faculty and staff
The school employs more than 300 faculty and staff from 30 countries. Each member of the faculty has at least a bachelor's degree or its equivalent and a teaching license from his or her respective country.
Facilities and technology
The facilities cover 16 acres (65,000 m2) in Oberursel, Germany and feature a historic administration building (known as "Old Main"), and the three separate divisional school buildings. A new wing was finished in 2006 ("The Da Vinci Wing") to provide the departments of Science, Performing & Visual Arts, and Design & Technology with state-of-the-art facilities. The main campus has two all-weather sports fields and several playgrounds. A new cafeteria was completed in 2011, and the school's main auditorium was renovated in 2012. The school has a new Learning and Sports Center that houses multiple classrooms, a large gym in the center of the building and a fitness center. The facility is called "The Stroth Center " which is named after the Stroth Family, generous benefactors of FIS and who were among the founding families in 1961.
FIS operates an information technology network with computers, classroom Smart Boards, mobile labs, laptops and wireless LAN. There is a 1:1 laptop program for students starting in Grade 6. This program started in 2007.
The school's sports teams are known as the "Frankfurt Warriors". They compete in volleyball, swimming, soccer, basketball, tennis, softball, baseball, golf, rugby, cross-country, and track and field. At the end of the season, each team competes in ISSTs or SCISs.
The FIS Recreation, Enrichment and Learning (REAL) program of after-school activities provides students, parents and faculty with opportunities to spend time in a relaxed environment teaching and learning new skills beyond the classroom. It also gives students the opportunity to work and build friendships with students from many backgrounds and grades.
FIS offers many non-athletic activities. In the field of the performing arts, students can participate in orchestra, band, choir, dance and drama. Student groups take part in the Model United Nations and maths competitions. Students can also take part in various charitable projects such as the Kalahari Experience, Habitat for Humanity, Amnesty International, Operation Smile, Nepalese Children's Home, Vision for Humanity, the Poland Drive, and local Refugee House.