Frequently Asked Questions

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

It is not necessary for children in grade 5 and below to have previous experience with learning English/German to join our school. We support our students with a special programme, called English/German as a Second Language (ESL/GSL). Students are provided with support to help them learn English/German 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 Middle 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/German lessons in the Middle School where necessary.

Students joining us for The IB Diploma (Grades 11 and 12) are required to speak English fluently and to have an A2 German level as a minimum. It is a demanding and intense programme, requiring well developed language skills.

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. Since 2019 we run a branch for primary school children in Erfurt. The resources there are similar, focussing on the needs of young children.

My children does not speak English/German. 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/German to join our school. We support our students with a special programme, called English/German as a Second Language (ESL/GSL). Students are provided with support to help them learn English/German 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 Middle 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/German lessons in the Middle School where necessary.

Students joining us for The IB Diploma (Grades 11 and 12) are required to speak English fluently and to have an A2 German level as a minimum. It is a demanding and intense programme, requiring well developed language skills.

Would I as a parent have to speak German 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.

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

At the end of Grade 10, our students take the MYP Asssessments. This will lead to the award of the MYP Certificate. The government recognises this as as the equivalent to the Mittlere Reife (a German higher level middle school certifate) under certain conditions (see KMK document). If the results does not reach this level students could apply for a Hauptschulabschluss (a German lower level middle school certificate).

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 recognized by the German government and, providing requirements are met (see KMK document), enables students to gain the "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 in Weimar 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 most 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. 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?

The school does not have a boarding programme, but it can try to support older students in finding accommodation located near to the school, either home-stays or furnished apartments.

I can't afford the school fees. Does Thuringia International School offer any solarships?

We offer a limited number of tuition scholarships based on family income. More information is available upon request.

Whats 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.