Making the first contact with the school via email or phone. During this stage of the process, you will receive all the required documents to be completed and submitted to progress to the first interview. We are always available by phone and email to answer any further questions you may have this point.
After the first point of contact we invite you personally or virtually to get to know each other. Here, the focus is on personal exchange and all the questions you may have regarding the total development of each child and the resources that the International School Westpfalz can provide.
If you are attending in person, this interview will be followed by a tour around the school in the company of the School Principal.
Early Years – Primary Years
Admissions to our pre-school or Primary Years, is possible at any time depending on the capacity of the school. Prior to starting, all students (Learning Partners) must participate in a trial week. This trial week is aimed at familiarizing your child to the school and their surrounding environment.
Before the final stage of admission, the school must receive all documents (e.g. previous report cards and confidential report).
Secondary Years (ages 12-18)
Depending on the availability of places and the grade (Years 10 and 12 are exceptional circumstances due to the two-year programme being implemented), starting at secondary school is possible at any time. Prior to starting, all students (Learning Partners) must participate in a trial week. This trial week is aimed at familiarizing your child to the school and their surrounding environment and ensuring a best-fit for their academic level. A final interview with both the School Principal and head of secondary finalizes this process.
This is the final stage of the process where upon signing the contract, you will be informed of the date when your child can start. Throughout each stage of the process we will keep in touch with you and upon arrival of new students, our staff are here to make their start welcoming from day one.
ISW is a private school. If you pay tax in Germany, the school fees can often be deducted as special expenses ("Sonderausgaben" according to section 10, paragraph 1, line 9 of the German Tax Law (EStGn.F.)).
If you would like to know our fee structure please contact us via email or phone and we will put an information pack together for you with all the details about our fee structures and school policies. If your company will be paying the fees, please provide us with a written statement from your Human Resources Department which includes the exact address and details.
The minimum contract period is 1 school year. The school year period is from August 1st to 31st of July; however, students can join our programme at any stage. If the Enrolment Contract is signed after the beginning of the school year, the duration will still extend through to the end of the same school year.
How will my child, who is non-English-speaking, cope with a programme that is taught entirely in English?
Teaching and learning at ISW is student-centred, which means that we endeavour to pay attention to our students’ specific and language needs. As practically all subjects are taught in English, students who join our school are immediately immersed in an English-speaking environment. Of course, the younger the child, the easier it will be for him/her to absorb and use the English language.
Nonetheless, experience has shown that at ISW our students, who are highly motivated, are able to cope very well with our programme within the first year. The positive results that these students achieve in their tests, projects and other assessments are evidence of how efficiently they are able to acquire and work in English. Our Learning Support Coordinator also provides in-class, pull-out or extended support for Primary students new to the school with limited English.
Is the curriculum comparable with that of a state school?
We offer an international curriculum that is accredited by the Cambridge International Education Organisation. These programmes promote and embody approaches to learning that differ from those of German schools. We insist on a modern, self-reliant attitude to learning, which is based on questioning and project work, a constructivist organisation of the material to be taught and multidisciplinary classes. For us, intellectual understanding and critical thinking are more important than strict learning rules and rote learning. Learning must have meaning and the joy of learning is meant to remain with our students for the rest of their lives.
Is it easy for a child to change to another international school?
Children who move on to other schools in Germany or abroad, which also offer the Cambridge International Programmes, have, generally speaking, no problems to settle in and fulfill the requirements of the new school.
Why should you register your child with us?
This is the right place for your child if you want your child to receive an international education that is geared towards the future and global living. Take advantage of our cost-free Trial Week to determine if our school is what you are looking for.
If I have to leave the Rhineland-Palatine region, will my child be accepted by another school?
Children leaving us for other schools should experience no difficulty whatsoever adjusting to the demands of their new schools locally and internationally. ISW will keep in touch with most of its ex-pupils and we do not expect that our students will experience difficulties adjusting to the programmes offered by state and private schools.
Why do local parents choose ISW for their children?
Parents send their children to our school to ensure that they receive a truly international education in a caring environment. An education that reflects ´what is happening in the world around us´, including:
Other parents added that they chose the International School Westpfalz because they wanted their children to:
What are the challenges when choosing an international school?
Choosing an international school for a child is a decision that poses certain challenges: (i) most international schools the world over (more than 90%) are private, fee-paying schools and can be expensive for many families; (ii) at most international schools the language of instruction is English – not the native language of the host country; (iii) school days are often longer: 8:30 am to 3:30 p.m. (min.) - 5:00 p.m. (max); and (iv) the curriculum is unfamiliar to most parents and requires commitment and understanding to be fully appreciated.
Are the children given homework at IS Westpfalz?
The homework at the IS Westpfalz is varied and ranges from traditional tasks to authentic experiences such as:
Our students are encouraged early on to work independently – later on they are expected to do so. The basic philosophy behind homework is exactly that – to promote independent learning. The children can also do their homework as part of the "after-school care program" together with the facilitator.
What about discipline at the International School Westpfalz?
We believe in enabling children and adolescents to work in a self-reliant and respectful way rather than making them submit to rules and disciplining them. When it comes to looking after and coaching the students, we, as an international school, are particularly keen on a respectful and cross cultural international learning profile in order to foster the emotional and social intelligence of children.
To what extent are the parents expected to get involved?
Expatriates often live in Germany without family and close friends in their vicinity. The school community offers them a certain family-like network and our international parents frequently get involved voluntarily in various areas of school life. The involvement of our parents in numerous activities is important to create an atmosphere of cooperation, mutual support and respect. The children too like it when they see that their parents support the school and their life there.