Schuldorf Bergstrasse

The Schuldorf Bergstraße, with more than 2100 students from year one up to the Abitur, is a comprehensive school with an all-day programme. It has been distinguished as and has officially received awarding roles as:

•  European School

•  International School

•  Ecological School

•  Family-friendly School

•  Sports centre School

​The spacious, park-like Schuldorf campus even includes an open-air theatre. Due to its unique architecture parts of the buildings are classified as historical monuments.

In 2007 the Schuldorf was awarded and featured as one of ‘365 Sites in Germany – the Land of Ideas’, in which the ingenuity, innovative capacity and relevance for the future of the country are recognized.

Integral parts of the Schuldorf campus are both the International Preschool and Kindergarten and the State International School Seeheim (SISS) – the first state international school in Germany.

 

All school buildings of the Schuldorf are provided and maintained by the administrative body, the Landkreis Darmstadt-Dieburg.

Go to the Schuldorf webpages 

https://schuldorf.de/

 

INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION

Find out more about the International education which is offered on the Schuldorf Campus

INTERNATIONAL

PRESCHOOL/ KINDERGARTEN

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SISS PRIMARY

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SISS SECONDARY

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SISS SUPERVISION

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THE INTERNATIONAL PRESCHOOL & KINDERGARTEN

 

OUR PRESCHOOL MISSION

The International Kindergarten/Preschool provides an international bilingual early years setting that celebrates the multitude of cultures and languages represented in our learning community.

Its mission is to help all children reach their full potential in a happy, safe and caring school.

The Preschool seeks to provide a holistic early years education in which children can develop the skills and attitudes to become enthusiastic and inquisitive learners in both languages, English and German.

Preschool Children are curious about their environment, have often lived all over the world, come from various national and cultural backgrounds, range from 3 to 6 in age.

THE PRESCHOOL CURRICULUM

The International Preschool/Kindergarten has created an unique bilingual programme based on the early years aspects of the of the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) and the Curriculum Guidance for the Foundation Stages. This encompasses plenty of time to play and explore.

It is adapted to the areas of learning and to the diverse and bilingual needs of our children:

1

EXPLORING &

NUMBER WORK

learning about numbers and understaniding the surrounding world

2

COMMUNICATION, LANGUAGE & LITERACY

German and English competency as well as creative expression and music

3

HEALTHY LIVING

Physical development,

sports and caring for oneself and others

4

INDEPENDENCE & INTERDEPENDANCE

including the personal, social and emotional development

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APPLICATIONS FOR PRESCHOOL

Applications are accepted at any time of the year, but placement typically occurs at the beginning of each school term (August/September). Due to the high demand, families are encouraged to apply early so that they can be placed on a waiting list. We invite you to arrange a visit to the Preschool by contacting them directly either by leaving a message on their answering machine or sending an Email.  You will be contacted within a few days by a member of their staff.

Head Teacher: Ms. McCabe-Teichert

Email: contact@preschool.ladadi.de

Phone: 0 62 57 / 94 42 00

The application form for the Preschool can be found in the Download section of the county’s (Landkreis Darmstadt-Dieburg) website:

https://www.ladadi.de/bildung-schule/schulen/international-preschoolinternationaler-kindergarten.html

SISS PRIMARY – YEARS 1–4

THE PRIMARY CURRICULUM

We follow the British National guidelines in conjunction with the Hessian “Kern Curriculum” for German. Humanities subjects are based on the International Primary Curriculum (IPC), an integrated program that upholds the principles of global and ecological education.

Lessons are taught in English for Literacy, Maths, Science, Geography, Information Technology and History.

German as well as German as Additional Language classes are also provided.

Music, art, religion/ethics and physical education are often held in English and German, depending on the teacher’s nationality.

YEAR 1 & YEAR 2

(FLEXIBLE YEARS)

Children are grouped according to their age/learning year for Maths, English and German

YEAR 3 & YEAR 4

  • Children remain in their home rooms for all lessons.

  • Exceptions are for German Additional Language or English Additional Language classes

SUPERVISION

The afternoon supervision program runs from 3-6 p.m.  Participation is optional but is included in your monthly fees, and provides a wonderful opportunity for children to learn new creative skills, play or simply relax.

An overview of the various activities can be found below.

 
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APPLICATIONS

FOR PRIMARY

Applications are accepted at any time of the year for all grade levels, but for the incoming Year 1 group, applications should be submitted by the end of January. The core assessment period for incoming Y1 students is typically held in March and placements are announced in late Spring.

Openings in other year groups can occur at various times due to the high mobility rate of our families, so be sure to submit your application so that an assessment can be scheduled as soon as possible.

The application forms according to your child’s year group can be found on the Schuldorf website at:

https://schuldorf.de/dokumente-siss1/category/32-application

SISS SECONDARY – YEARS 5–12

 

Requirements for admission for Y5 to Y10 students to the SISS Secondary at Schuldorf Bergstraße Updated: 23 October 2019*

The State International School Seeheim-Jugenheim, to which we belong as the Secondary branch, is the international school branch of the state cooperative comprehensive school Schuldorf Bergstraße. For this reason, the admission criteria outlined in the Hessian Education Law (Hessisches Schulgesetz) must always be applied to a student’s admission. Further information can be found under "Schulrecht" on the homepage of the Hessian Ministry of Education and Cultural Affairs. 

https://kultusministerium.hessen.de

 

The year group structure and curriculum taught is as follows:

The curriculum taught in each year group is appropriate to the age and academic level of the students; it is not necessarily related to the number of years they might had in other educational systems.

The main language of instruction is English.

Applications from students coming from other educational systems will be considered on an individual basis. 

The school offers places to all students whose command of the English language satisfies the standard of English needed to respond effectively to the requirements of our Secondary 1 curriculum leading to the Cambridge IGCSE preparation in Years 9 and 10.

YEAR 5–8

SECONDARY 1

age 10 to 14

YEAR 5 & YEAR 6

Your child should have sufficient English skills to follow our curriculum.

YEAR 7

In addition, your child should have either German or Spanish/French as a second language in order to meet our requirements. We cannot offer any other language as a foreign language.

YEAR 8

In addition, your child should have Spanish or French in order to meet the requirements of the second language programme at this level. We cannot offer any other language as a foreign language.

YEAR 9–10

CAMBRIDGE IGCSE

age 14 to 16

IGCSE – International General Certificate of Secondary Education

In addition your child should have the second languages (German, Spanish or French) to fulfil our Y9/Y10 IGCSE programme. Otherwise the requirements for admission to the SISS Secondary are not met. We cannot offer any other language as a foreign language.

YEAR 11–12

IB DIPLOMA

age 16 to 18

IB PROGRAM  International Baccalaureate® (IB) Diploma Programme (DP)

  • The goal of the IB program is firmly based on pedagogical principles, and realizing that in order for anyone to succeed in a target, common foundations must first be built so that the overall experience, although challenging of course, will be an accomplishable and positive one. Below are the minimum requirements for entry into the IB program for ALL students, even those that are currently enrolled in SISS. Please note, that as a State school, SISS must also abide by the German academic requirements for the Oberstufe level of studies that begin after Year 10 in the German school system.

  • Have a minimum grade C for the 5 IGCSE core subjects

  • Fulfil the requirements for an "Mittlerer Abschluss in Form des qualifizierenden Realschulabschlusses" (nach §59 Abs. 4 VOBGM)**

  • Have at least a 3.0 average in English, Mathematics, one Science and German (end of year 10 report card)

  • Have an average of 3.0 for all the other subjects

  • Final decision made by class conference year 10 (a meeting of staff members to evaluate students’ performance and any factors specific to each student)

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APPLICATIONS

FOR SECONDARY

Applications are accepted at any time of the year for all grade levels, but for the incoming Year 5 group, applications should be submitted by the end of January. 

Openings in other year groups can occur at various times due to the high mobility rate of our families, so be sure to submit your application so that an assessment can be scheduled as soon as possible.

The application forms according to your child’s year group can be found on the Schuldorf website at:

https://schuldorf.de/dokumente-siss2

SISS SUPERVISION

 

We’d like to highlight some of the wonderful after school programs provided by our Supervision Team and also those run by the various clubs at the Schuldorf. Even if you are free to pick up your child after school, you may want to let him/her explore the various options available at Supervision! 

It’s a great place to relax, develop new skills and meet new friends.

Flexible

Supervision

This is where a child can choose to relax, read, play outside, play board games, do a craft, draw, etc. Supervision staff are always present to engage and/or guide the children in the activities they’d like to do that day. Similar to free play Playgarden, you may sign your child up either for set regular days, or just on an as-needed basis, so long as your request is received by noon that day.

Other Supervision Clubs

Other clubs have often included Drama, Yoga/Meditation, and perhaps the most popular, Soccer. Again, since we there is only one certified trainer on staff, and given the Schuldorf sport hall timetables, soccer is often split into a Y1/Y2 session in the first semester and a Y3/Y4 session in the second semester.

Free Play/Flexible Play Garden

Where children can just go and play. Flexible Playgarden also allows you to sign up your child on the spur of the moment, any given morning. If your child, like so many others, enjoys their time there, then you can also opt to sign them in on a regular basis (e.g., every Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday). 

Take a "peek" into the Playgarden below.

PLAYGARDEN

When you ask parents and children who have been at Primary a while, the first thing you’ll hear about is the Playgarden! It is a wonderful program and usually a child can find at least one activity he/she just loves. 

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TAP INTO NATURE

Topics vary each week but last year it included not only learning to identify certain plants/trees, but also learning about animals found in the local woods (foxes, bats), along with special visits from people that work with these animals.

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NATURE CRAFTS

Various craft ideas using materials from the garden or other recyclable materials.

GARDENING

Children grown their own herbs and vegetables to use in preparing delicious snacks at the Playgarden.

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HUT BUILDING

The kids are supervised and taught how to make a hut in small groups.

Image by Leon Contreras

OPEN FIRE

Children make food either over an open fire, or in the brick stove. Items range from soups, bread, dips, and teas made from fresh ingredients (and in spring using items grown in the Playgarden.

FORGING

Children can try their hand at forging.