The State International School (SISS) is the only State International School in Germany that is part of a Comprehensive School - the Europaschule Schuldorf Bergstraße. The school follows the educational and administrative regulations of the State of Hesse.
Within the educational framework of Hesse, we teach English, Maths and Science to the Revised National Curriculum Framework (used in England); other subjects are covered by the International Primary Curriculum (IPC).
Within the educational framework of Hesse, we teach the core subjects of English, Maths and Science according to the guidelines of the National Curriculum (key stage 3). These subjects are linked to a modular, integrated Humanities programme that incorporates expressive arts. From Year 9 we follow the IGCSE syllabi and we will offer the IB Diploma at the end of Year 12.
English is the main language of instruction in the International School. For this reason students will only be admitted if their command of the English language satisfies the standard of English needed to master the tasks of the respective year group.
A child is not required to have a profound knowledge of German to be admitted to the SISS. However, some non-core subjects such as PE, RE, Music or Art may be taught in German while German lessons follow the curriculum and text books of Hesse. German as an Additional Language support (DAZ) is offered by the school.
If a child has difficulty in following lessons taught in German then private extra tutoring will have to be arranged by the child's parents/guardians.
We can offer some DAZ support to children who may need this in their first two years at the school. However it is intended that children should be gradually integrated into the State curriculum for German following these introductory courses.
The German State requires Secondary children to take a second Modern Foreign Language; in our case Spanish in Year 6. For children applying from Year 7 onwards, there will be discussion about whether your child has the languages experience to be successfully integrated within these courses.
Additional to the command of the English language, students will be admitted according to the following criteria:
- foreign students whose parents will be living and working in Germany for a period of time
- students of dual nationality (English should be the mother tongue of one parent)
- German students who have recently attended an International School outside Germany for at least two years
- German parents who are planning to educate their children abroad for at least two years due to their profession taking them abroad (confirmation from employer or other confirmation is required)
- students who have been brought up bilingually, with one of these languages being English
Our school years are in accordance with the following table:
|Age of child||Year group|
|6-7 years||Year 1|
|(In exceptional circumstances, children who are 5 years old will be considered for admission if they fulfil the criteria detailed in this document)|
|7-8 years||Year 2|
|8-9 years||Year 3|
|9-10 years||Year 4|
In the German school system there is no reception class. Therefore the year group numbers do not necessarily correlate with other national or international systems.
Year 1/2: Children who are due to start school after the summer break are assessed during our "Welcome Week" in the preceding spring. If you move into the Darmstadt-Dieburg area from abroad during the school year, we give individual age appropriate assessments. An interview with the child and his/her parents/guardians including an English test is a precondition for admittance.
We accept children in year 1/2 who are "ready for school" according to German school regulations. The children need to show the emotional, physical and cognitive develop-ment necessary to participate successfully and with enjoyment throughout lessons. The mixed Year 1/2 arrangement enables your child to spend (1), 2 or 3 years in this phase. In these classes children are not divided into fixed Year 1 or Year 2 groups. They will be grouped on different levels in different subjects according to their abilities. Children move within these groups according to their needs.
New students/Students from other school systems wishing to be admitted to the higher school years are expected to meet the requirements formulated in (1).
Furthermore they are obliged to present school reports from the last two school years. The ability of the student to follow lessons in the age-appropriate year group will be checked in an assessment over two mornings. Due to differences between international school systems we reserve the right to make internal decisions about a child's year group placement.
We try to offer places to siblings, but this cannot be guaranteed.
Should the number of applicants exceed the number of available places, students will be allocated places according to the following criteria:
- Children from "highly mobile" families will take precedence
- Children from the county/district of Darmstadt-Dieburg
- Children from the City of Darmstadt
- Children from the Starkenburg area
- Children from Hesse
Children sometimes require specialist support. According to German school regulations, this must be arranged with external specialists. Our school will provide advice on whom to contact. Children with special needs are referred to special schools and institutions provided by the German system.