This page answers some of the questions we are frequently asked.
However, please feel free to contact us by telephone or e-mail if you can't find the answer to your question here.
We offer the following types of schooling:
The MIS is an approved substitute school which fulfils the compulsory education requirements of German law. Our curricula are based on the guidelines set down in the English-language Cambridge International Programme, which has an excellent reputation all around the world, and the core curriculum of the Federal State of Hesse.
We offer Gymanasium classes up to and including the introductory phase (class 10). Our students then have very good options which either lead to the German Abitur qualification or to an equivalent qualification:
They certainly are. All MIS teachers hold international or German qualifications as well as corresponding teaching certificates.
The MIS is dedicated to serving the educational needs of families who have moved to the metropolitan Rhine-Neckar region for work-related reasons as well as families living in the region who are particularly interested in providing their child with an international education and the opportunity to learn English the way native speakers do.
Yes. Our combined curriculum offers not only an internationally competitive education in the English and German languages, but we also ensure that German children will fulfill all requirements of compulsory education (Schulpflicht).
They certainly can. Students can register to attend the MIS at any time of the year. Places at the school are offered with great care according to availability and the individual prerequisites of each child.
Our "Open Day" will take place two times a year, which will be announced on the Homepage. Prospective families are always welcome to visit the school on an individual basis. Appointments can be made by contacting the school office.
More than 15 countries are represented by our student body. The largest number of students represent Germany, followed by the USA. Some students have dual citizenship and many represent more than one country as a result of the different citizenships of their parents. Most students speak English, and many are bilingual or trilingual or even more.
It's never easy if your best friend leaves, and international schools in general have a slightly higher rate of attrition than state schools. However, with the help of the internet and the fact that these families are so mobile, many children stay in close touch with each other and visit each other during school breaks. This is often seen as a wonderful opportunity for an international holiday. Many students thus have the advantage of an international network of friends by the time they leave an international school.
One of the advantages of an international curriculum is that it enables children to move more easily from one country or school to another. Tolerance, flexibility and the ability to cope with change are some of the values and skills encouraged and taught at MIS Viernheim which will help children to adjust to such moves.
Both! English is spoken in many countries around the world and the various national differences in the language are viewed as a positive enrichment to the students' learning environment.
All students receive instruction in German. It is taught as a subject, offered at all levels, from "German as a Foreign Language (DaF)" to "Advanced German".
Yes. Students at the MIS wear school uniform. Items of the school uniform are made of natural materials, are pleasant to wear and are emblazoned with the school's logo and the student's own name.
We are pleased to be able to offer students several school bus routes. The routes are planned every term to meet current needs. A monthly charge is made for use of the school bus. Information about present routes can be found under the menu item "School bus".
The MIS school culture is based on a partnership between parents and teachers. The MISPA is the active representative body for parents at our school. All the parents of MIS students automatically become MISPA members when their children enrol at the school. The MISPA plays an active role in events as well as providing direct support to the school's teaching. MISPA representatives meet with the school management once a month to ensure open communication.
All classes have a maximum of 22 students, allowing for individualized attention.
Regular instructional hours occur from 8:30 AM until 4:00 PM. For any students requiring additional morning or afternoon care, the school is open from 7:30 AM until 6:00 PM. Extracurricular activities are often offered after the regular school hours for an additional fee.
Every morning begins with a whole-school assembly. During the day, students receive short breaks for snack, lunch, and recesses.
Half of the contributions paid by parents are allotted to the school fees, the other half to the mentoring of the students.
In accordance with current tax laws, this means:
30% of the school fees, 5,000 Euros per child at most, are tax reductible as special expenses for parents. For children who are not 14 years old yet, and who have both parents working, parents can claim 2/3 (two thirds) of the mentoring costs, 4,000 Euros at most, as tax allowable expenses or deduction from taxable income.
This information is given as endorsement without recours, and in accordance with the best of our knowledge. Furthermore, we suggest you contact your tax advisor.