Frequently Asked Questions
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What are the school hours?
At G18, the morning sing-a-long begins at 8:45 and classes end at 15:15 (on Tuesdays at 14:20). The school opens at 7:30 and closes at 18:00.
At the AC, K5 (kindergarten) classes begin at 8:20 and end daily at 15:20.
In the PYP program, classes begin at 8:20 and end at 15:20 (Tuesdays at 14:20 pm). On Wednesdays all PYP classes begin at 8:40. The school opens at 7:00 and closes at 18:00.
Classes for MYP students (Grade 6-10) start at 8:30 and finish at 15:20. Academic Labs for MYP students (extra support in all subject areas) will run on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 15:25.
Classes for DP students (Grade 11 and 12) start at 8:30 and finish the latest by 16:10. DP students may leave from 13:00 on any day if they do not have scheduled classes after that time.
Does DIS provide morning or after school care?
School care is a free service for preschool and kindergarten students. Parents wishing their grades 1 through 5 children to remain at school past 4:00 pm must request these fee-based, After School Care (ASC) services.
Morning school care at G18, for ages 1 to 5 years, starts at 7:30 and afternoon care ends at 18:00.
Morning care at the AC for K5 students begins at 7:30 and for all other PYP students at 7:00 until school starts (8:30/8:40). The after- school program is offered until 6:00 for EYP and PYP students.
Do you provide holiday care during the school breaks?
During the Fall, Winter, Easter, and Summer Breaks, DIS offers Holiday Care for children from PK1 to Grade 4. Generally, we are planning to run Holiday Care Programs on both campuses, however, this depends on the number of children registered for each grade level. We do not offer Holiday Care during the Christmas Break and the last 1.5 weeks of Summer Break. We do not charge for Holiday Care for 1-2 and 2-3 year olds. All other grade levels will be charged 30€ a day, not including lunch.
Update: From school year 2017/2018, we will cancel the holiday care fee for all students at Goetheallee 18 and K5 classes at school campus!
We are able to accommodate a maximum of 21 students per class in grades 1 through 12. The average class size is 16 to 18 students. We have two classes per grade level.
Preschool and kindergarten classes have lower caps.
The main language of instruction and the language of conversation in classrooms is English. There are classes for German as a first or second language starting in Grade 1. Spanish instruction is normally required for Grades 6 to 10.
The preschool program is in English, yet is informally bilingual, for example, teachers may do circle time in German once or twice a week, introduce unit vocabulary in both languages, teach German songs, read German books during story time, etc.
DIS does not have a school uniform. We do have a required sports uniform which may be purchased on both campuses.
The EAL (English as Additional Language) program exists to ensure that students arriving at the school with limited or no experience in English are supported during their acquisition of English.
In the Primary School, EAL is supported with:
- EAL classes during first period;
- vocal EAL club after school;
- extra help in the regular classroom; and/or
- focused instruction in small groups in the EAL classroom.
The German schools’ particular requirements as well as the leaving report card of the student play an important role in whether a child can transfer. Grade 4 students receive a recommendation from our Primary School concerning further education.
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