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Parent's Review of International School Hamburg in Hamburg, Germany

Submitted by tjcordell

What is the name of your child's school? (Please report on one school per survey.)

International School Hamburg

In what town or city is this school located?

Hamburg

How would you describe this school? (i.e. American, British, International, Local, etc.)

International

What grade levels are represented at this school?

Pre-K (3-year-old) through Grade 12

How do most children get to school everyday? (bus, train, walk, etc.)

Personal car

How would you describe the facilities at this school? What extra-curricular activities are available?

The school facilities are nice, and the after school activities are okay.

What has this school done to help your child transition from the curriculum in your home country into the curriculum in your new country? Are there programs to prepare your child for repatriation?

There was absolutely nothing done to prepare my students for this school.

How would you describe the social activities available for parents through this school? Are there parent-teacher organizations?

There is a PTA. And, there are activities available for those who want to participate, but these activities are limited.

What advice would you give to someone considering enrolling their child in this school?

If you want a great international school, this is not the one for you. Go to a different city if you can. For the cost paid at this school, one would expect a very high quality. But, before IB program in grades 11-12, the educational quality is quite average. Additionally, there are no programs or activities for advanced or gifted students. Help is provided for non-native English speaking students. In addition, tuition does NOT include field trips or class trips, all of which are out of pocket. For a such a small school, there is certainly an attitude of "we only do it this way; if you don't like it, too bad for you." For the price of going to this school (one of the highest in Germany), one would expect a bit more flexibility. But, it appears that the end product is not individualized learning but every student on the same schedule and path.

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