FAQ

How would you characterize Thuringia International School? How is it different to a standard German School?

There are many differences but here are a few of them. Students study all of their lessons in English, except for when they’re learning German and other languages. Thuringia International School is the only International Baccalaureate-authorized World School in the state and consequently students also learn in a unique way. Students learn to be inquirers, communicators as well as knowledgeable. The school fosters an environment where students learn to be principled, caring to others, and reflective about their work. Students are involved in community and environmental work. Students take international exams at the end of their studies and mostly move on to university study.

 

How would you describe the learning ethos at Thuringia International School?

Students are polite and friendly. There is a supportive and nurturing environment. There is a very positive atmosphere with our 4 year old and 18 year old students mixing in the same buildings. Students are very positive and enthusiastic about learning. Parents are delighted about their associations with the school and are often involved with school activities and events.

 

Does Thuringia International School have its own building?

Yes, we have a beautiful new modern campus on the Belvederer Allee in Weimar. Our facilities are excellent. We have 4 state-of-the-art science labs, a computer lab, dedicated music and art rooms, and a wonderful library. We have a gymnasium and a cafeteria. The resources in classes are also very good.

 

My child does not speak English. Can she/he come to Thuringia International School anyway?

It is not necessary for children in grade 5 and below to have previous experience with learning English to join our school. We support our students with a special programme, called English as a Second Language (ESL). Students are provided with support to help them learn English during their first months and years at the school. In Early Primary Classes, there will always be a teacher or an assistant who speaks fluent German, which helps during the transition time.

In the Upper School some background experience with English is expected at the time of enrolment, as well as a satisfactory ability in German (or another language) and mathematics. We continue to support our students with special English lessons in the Middle School where necessary.

Students joining us for the IB Diploma (Grades 11 to 12) are required to speak English fluently. It is a very demanding and intense programme, and requires well developed language skills.

 

Would I as a parent have to speak English if my child is attending ThIS?

We are an English speaking school, but, as many of our students have German as their mother tongue, all information is published in English and German. At meetings and parent evenings, we offer translation services.

 

Which certificates can my child gather attending ThIS? Are they recognized in Germany?

At the end of Grade 10, our students sit Cambridge IGCSE Exams. If they are successful, this is recognized as the “Mittlere Reife” by the Ministry of Education of Thuringia.

The IB Diploma at the end of Grade 12 is considered to be an “international passport” to higher education, as it is based upon the best educational practices in the world. The programme is fully recognized by the German government and enables students to gain the “Allgemeine Hochschulreife”. It enables students to gain entrance to universities all around the world, including the US, UK, and other English speaking countries. Recent graduates from Thuringia International School have scored very well in their examinations and gained entrance to universities in these countries as well as Germany, Italy, Austria, Belgium, China, Switzerland and others.

 

My child is under 6 years old. What programmes do you offer for young children?

Our Early Primary is open for children who are 4 years old at the beginning of the school year. This is part of the IB Primary Years Programme (Grades Early Primary to 5), which is based on interactive and inquiry hands-on teaching.

 

Are your teachers fully qualified?

Yes, they are fully qualified and experienced. Our teachers are employed from locations all over the world. They are mainly English natives from the U.S., Great Britain, Australia, and New Zealand. Other staff members are from Austria, the Netherlands, Belgium, Canada, France, Denmark and South Africa. On the other hand, our German teachers are local and have German as their mother tongue. All French and Spanish teachers have French and Spanish as their mother tongue respectively.

 

Does the school have spaces for new enrolments?

Yes, we have spaces at all grade levels. Our classes are kept small, usually with about 10-15 students per class, so that the quality of education is high and so that new students can always be enrolled.

 

My child is attending another school but is not happy there. Are there possibilities for a transfer?

Enrollment can happen throughout the school year for children of any age. Through our shadow days, testing and a review of a student’s report card, our principals and teachers assess the level of knowledge skills possessed by a new student. They will set up a support plan to make the necessary transfer as smooth as possible.

 

I live far from Weimar; how can my child come to school every day?

We organize bus transportation to the regions around Weimar, Jena and Erfurt as well as Sömmerda or Apolda. We provide a door to door service. Please contact us to find out if this service is available in your area.

 

Is there a boarding programme?

We do not have boarding facilities. However we appreciate that students who live more than an hour away from the school may find it difficult to travel to school every day. Traveling to Weimar on Monday morning and returning home on Friday afternoon and staying in a four-nights-per-week homestay might be a plausible alternative. The school is able to help support students in finding accommodation located near to the school, either Monday-to-Friday homestays or apartments for older students. Students or parents who would like more detailed information or support in finding accommodation or a homestay arrangement should contact the school. Similarly, members of the school community or local residents with accommodation that might be suitable for school-aged students should contact the school.

 

I can’t afford the school fees. Does Thuringia International School offer any scholarships?

We offer tuition scholarships based on family income. Detailed information on the scholarship programme is available here.

What do I do if I have further questions?

Please visit the school so we can discuss your questions. Alternatively please send your queries to info@this-weimar.com.