FrankfurtRheinMain reads: Buchmesse 2018

Reading a book is like starting a journey and where else can you find your next destination better than at a book fair – more exactly the Frankfurt Buchmesse. From October 10th to 14th, we are invited to immerse into the world of literature.

Each year, the world’s most important fair for the print and digital content business welcomes around 286 000 trade and private visitors at its home in the heart of FrankfurtRheinMain. For five days publishing experts, writers and cultural enthusiasts from all over the world come together. The host country this year is Georgia and will present its literature and culture. In addition to its presence at the fair, there will be readings and talks with Georgian writers, e. g. at the Literaturhaus in Wiesbaden and in Giessen.

A part of the Buchmesse that should not be underestimated takes place outside of the exhibition halls and is called “Bookfest”. As soon as the gates close, the program carries on in the city of Frankfurt and the whole region. Various events in numerous off locations bring you closer to the world of the authors: solve exciting criminal cases yourself, enjoy numerous readings or listen to a selection of the best slam poets in Germany. More music wanted? Then you shouldn’t miss out the club evening with the Urban Club Band in Frankfurt’s Gibson club, which stands for an unmistakably stirring and unique club sound live on stage. Alternatively, would you rather become active yourself and try out recipes together with cookbook authors? No, problem – there are always exciting things going on everywhere in the city. Check out the bookfest program here and see for yourself!

During the Book Fair, the entire world of literature will be visiting FrankfurtRheinMain, one more reason to look at the people who write for the world from our region. The writer Cornelia “Nele” Neuhaus, for example, makes the Taunus, north of Frankfurt, her crime scenes in her books. While their actions are concretely set in the Frankfurt area, Martin Mosebach’s place of writing has less influence on his stories. In 2007, he was awarded the Georg Büchner Prize, the most important literary prize in the German-speaking world, for his joy in telling stories and his humorous stories, which are at home in many genres, from novels to film screenplays to opera librettos and reportages. Also awarded the Büchner Prize are the works of Wilhelm Genazino, whose prose usually focuses on a middle-aged man living in a medium-sized German city, which is presumably Frankfurt as it is also the author’s place of residence.

International Baccalaureate Program

What is IB?

When talking about international schools a term appearing very often related to that is “IB” – what exactly this means and which schools in the FrankfurtRheinMain offer the IB program will be explained in the following:

The IB program

The International Baccalaureate or IB is a special educational program designed for students from age 3 to 19. The program was founded in Geneva, Switzerland in 1968 currently offered in three languages: English, French and Spanish. The IB curriculum is used in almost 5,000 schools globally every day, in over 150 countries around the world.

The objective of this program was to provide an internationally acceptable diploma for students with parents who are part of the world of diplomacy, international and multi-national organizations by offering standardized courses and assessments. Nowadays, everyone can join the program in one of the IB schools around the world there is no exclusion criterion.

In order to become part of the IB network a school needs to offer four different kinds of programs: a primary years program for kids aged 3-12, a middle years program for students from 11-16 and a diploma and career related program for students from 16 to 19 years.

The IB diploma’s goal is to provide an internationally accepted qualification for entry into higher education and is therefore recognized by many universities worldwide. To receive the diploma the students have to do exams in six subjects, one from each subject group, and three core requirements:

Group 1: Studies in Language and Literature      Group 4: Mathematics

Group 2: Language Acquisition                               Group 5: The Arts

Group 3: Individuals and Societies                         Group 6:  Sciences

Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS)

Extended Essay (EE)

Theory of Knowledge (TOK)

All subjects (with the exception of CAS) are evaluated using both internal and external assessors and the exam usually takes place in May. Points are awarded from 1 to 7, with 7 being equal to A+, 6 equal to A and so on. The IB diploma is currently accepted in 75 countries worldwide and at more than 2,000 universities.

IB in FrankfurtRheinMain

The following ten schools in the FrankfurtRheinMain area are offering the IB diploma:

IB schools FrankfurtRheinMain

Name

Location

Metropolitan International School Viernheim
Accadis International School Bad Homburg
State International School Seeheim-Jugenheim
Strothoff International School Dreieich
Metropolitan School Frankfurt Frankfurt am Main
International School Frankfurt (ISF) Frankfurt am Main
Frankfurt International School (FIS) Frankfurt am Main
Lycée Francais Victor Hugo Frankfurt am Main
Herderschule Gießen
Goethe Gymnasium Frankfurt am Main

Education and schools in FRM

Looking for a school in FrankfurtRheinMain

One challenge of families moving to Germany is finding a school that suits best the children’s needs. Therefore, they have the choice between the German public school system and private alternatives.

Public schools vs. International schools

Initially need to be said that the German education system is very different to schooling programs in many other countries but very successful in producing high-performing students. Therefore, the majority of German students attends public schools and of course, the entire German school system, including the universities, is available to the children of expatriates.

The catch is that classes in public schools are conducted in German, which is usually all right for school beginners but becomes more and more of a problem as the children get older. Nevertheless, there are also many private English-speaking schools. Although education is a function of the federal states, and there are differences from state to state, some generalizations are possible.

Children aged three to six, may attend kindergarten. After that, school is compulsory for nine or ten years. From grades 1 through 4 children attend elementary school (Grundschule), where the subjects taught are the same for all. Then, after the 4th grade, they are separated according to their academic ability and the wishes of their families, and attend one of three different kinds of schools: Hauptschule, Realschule or Gymnasium. Grundschule teachers recommend their students to a particular school based on such things as academic achievement, self-confidence and ability to work independently. However, in most states, parents have the final say as to which school their child attends following the fourth grade.

In public schools, German is the language of instruction, in most of the private schools education happens in English. Next to the experience of private schools with various linguistic backgrounds, the educational system is continuous and portable to other international schools worldwide, which helps if the family moves to another location or returns home. In addition to that, most of the private schools offer attractive campuses, a broad range of extracurricular activities and long opening hours – in some cases until 6pm. The fees for private schools can be quite high, whereas the public education system is government-subsidized therefore tuition free.

International schools in FrankfurtRheinMain

In recent years, a large number of International schools opened in the region FrankfurtRheinMain. Contrary to the public schools, most of the following internationally oriented schools unite offers for different age levels on their campuses. Most of them start with Kindergarten (mostly from age of three); some do additionally include a nursery (for children under three years). The advantage of this system is that the kids do not have to change the environment they are accustomed to, but have all schools up to until they are graduating in one location. In the following, we will provide an overview on the different types of international schools in the greater Frankfurt area.

The first category represents all regional schools offering the International Baccalaureate – if you want to know more about the IB concept – a brief explanation of the IB system can be found here.

IB schools FrankfurtRheinMain

Name

Location

Metropolitan International School

Viernheim

Accadis International School

Bad Homburg

State International School

Seeheim-Jugenheim

Strothoff International School

Dreieich

Metropolitan School Frankfurt

Frankfurt am Main
International School Frankfurt (ISF)

Frankfurt am Main

Frankfurt International School (FIS)

Frankfurt am Main

Lycée Francais Victor Hugo

Frankfurt am Main

Herderschule

Gießen

Goethe Gymnasium

Frankfurt am Main

 

Followed by the two official European schools of the FrankfurtRheinMain region:

European Schools FrankfurtRheinMain

Name

Location

Europäische Schule RheinMain

Bad Vilbel
Europäische Schule

Frankfurt am Main

 

In addition to that, some other private bilingual schools are also located in the greater Frankfurt area:

Private Bilingual Schools FrankfurtRheinMain
Name Location
OBERMAYR Europa-Schule

 

Wiesbaden

Taunusstein

Schwalbach

Europäische Schule Frankfurt am Main
Phorms Steinbach/Taunus

Frankfurt am Main

King’s College Frankfurt Frankfurt am Main

 

Completing the overview with the bilingual primary schools of the FrankfurtRheinMain region. Most of them offering higher education as well:

Bilingual Primary Schools

Name

Location

Metropolitan International School Viernheim
Accadis International School Bad Homburg
State International School Seeheim-Jugenheim
Strothoff International School Dreieich
Metropolitan School Frankfurt Frankfurt am Main
International School Frankfurt (ISF) Frankfurt am Main
Frankfurt International School (FIS) Frankfurt am Main
Lycée Francais Victor Hugo Frankfurt am Main
Europäische Schule RheinMain Bad Vilbel
Europäische Schule Frankfurt am Main
 

OBERMAYR Europa-Schule

 

Wiesbaden

Taunusstein

Schwalbach

Rüsselsheim

Europäische Schule Frankfurt am Main
Phorms

 

Steinbach/Taunus

Frankfurt am Main

International Bilingual Montessori School Frankfurt am Main
Japanische Internationale Schule Frankfurt am Main
Griechische Schule Frankfurt am Main
Private bilinguale Ganztagsschule Wiesbaden
Erasmus School Offenbach Offenbach