ADMISSIONS

We know that changing schools, relocating and starting a new assignment are all big challenges. We are here to help you through this process. No question is too small, so please don’t hesitate to contact us about any aspect of our school or our admissions procedure. We always try to answer every inquiry promptly.

Discover Cologne International School

To initiate the admissions process, please complete our online application form below. There is no application deadline, but we recommend beginning this process in late winter or early spring for the following school year. Applications are accepted on a space-available basis throughout the school year.

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Please complete the relevant application form for grade 1 through to the IB Diploma. As soon as we receive this, we will contact you regarding the next steps.

Grades 1-8 ISS: Grades 9-12

We are happy to invite any child interested in joining our school to a trial day, when he/she can visit lessons and meet some of our teachers and students. The trial day, which ends with a personal meeting with School Leadership, allows your child to get a real feeling for our school community.

Five Steps to Register

1. Submit application form and report cards
  • Application form: Grades 1-8 ISS: Grades 9-12
  • Previous school records
    • Grade 1: kindergarten report
    • Grades 2-4: primary end-of-year report cards
    • Grades 5+: secondary end-of-year report cards
2. ARRANGE TRIAL DAY

There are no placement assessments at Cologne International School, however we strongly encourage applicants to participate in a trial day. Not only does this give you first-hand experience of our school, but it also allows our teaching staff to gain a better idea of your child as a unique learner.

3. COMPLETE ONLINE REGISTRATION FORM

Please request the online registration form from our Admissions Team.

Please also take the time to read through our Schooling Agreement.

4. SUBMIT SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION
  • Birth Certificate (copy with Latin letters)
  • Vaccination records for inspection (copy with Latin letters)
  • School entrance examination certificate (for 1st graders)
  • 1 Passport photo
  • Visa status (for non-EU citizens)
5. REVIEW AND CONFIRMATION

Once all application elements have been provided, these will be reviewed by the School Leadership Team. Parents/guardians will be notified of admission via an acceptance letter.

Our Admissions Team looks forward to answering your questions and showing you our school.

Admissions Team

Julia Haack & Petra Tenzer

Friedensschulen

We would like to draw your attention to the Association Deutscher Internationaler Friedensschulen e.V. (DIF). Through funding, the DIF supports and enables COLOGNE INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL’s pedagogical work and future development. We welcome the active financial support for our school. Click here for detailed information about the DIF.

Additional Costs

Cologne International School Fees

The operation of the school concept of Cologne International School requires the financial participation of the parents, since the school is run without state subsidies. All income is used to operate the school and the associated necessary and regulatory required administrative work. The amount of the school fees and expenses are adjusted annually by the school.

School fee structure 2022/2023

Admission Fees

Admission Fees


due 

Amount

Admissions fee

first child

after registration

5.500,00 EUR*

Admissions fee

siblings

after registration

4.500,00 EUR*

* Admission fee can be paid in two instalments: First instalment of 3.500 EUR due after registration, second instalment one year after registration due 1st August (remaining amount)
* Families are exempted from the admissions fee if they can prove that they are paying members of the DIF e.V. in the current school year 2021/2022.

School Fees

Grades 1-5 (Bilingual Primary Years Programme)

School Fees

due

Amount

School fee**

annually

1st August 2022

16.500,00 EUR

School fee**

monthly

1st day of the month

1.448,00 EUR

Grades 6 - 10 (Bilingual Middle School Programme)

School Fees

due

Amount

School fee**

annually

1st August 2022

17.500,00 EUR

School fee**

monthly

1st day of the month

1.536,00 EUR

Exam fee***

one-off

98,00 EUR (per subject)

490,00 EUR
up to 1.098,00 EUR

Grades 11 - 12 (Bilingual IB Diploma Programme)

School Fees

due

Amount

School fee**

annually

1st August 2022

18.500,00 EUR

School fee**

monthly

1st day of the month

1.624,00 EUR

Exam fee***

one-off

85,00 EUR (per subject)

510,00 EUR
(6 subject ≙ full IB Diploma)

** School fees can be paid annually or monthly.
*** Depending on the number of subjects – 5 subjects are needed for accreditation as “NRW Mittlerer Schulabschluss”.
**** For families who have children currently (2021/2022) enrolled at CIS, fees will be reduced in the IB Diploma Program by 1.000 EUR in school years 2022/2023 and 2023/2024.
***** Exam fees will be communicated to parents in writing and invoiced when due.

Financial Aid Program

In order to enable as many families as possible to participate in the educational concept of Cologne International School,
the school offers a financial aid program within the scope of its economic possibilities and on the basis of the regulatory
school law requirements of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, for which families can apply who meet the following
criteria for the household income in the sense of adding the positive annual gross income. These include:

  • Income from self-employment and business activities
  • Income from employment (salary payments)
  • Income from renting and leasing
  • Income from agriculture and forestry
  • Income from capital assets,
  • Pensions and other income
  • Alimony and wage replacement benefits
  • Foreign income

A request for financial aid can only be made for annual school fees and will not be granted for registration fees.
A school fee reduction can be applied for for household income in the following amounts:

Financial Aid Program

Household income up to €

Reduction of %

75.000,00

25%

65.000,00

50%

55.000,00

75%

45.000,00

90%

Besides this Financial Aid regulation, a temporary reduction in school fees can be granted in individual cases if, after
examining the individual personal and economic circumstances, the burden is temporarily too high due to unforeseeable
events.
In order to maintain confidentiality and avoid the stigmatisation of families, Cologne International School commissioned
the tax consultancy firm Wieland Wirtschaftsprüfer und Steuerberater to examine the applications for the Financial Aid
program.

Application process:

Step 1

Please complete this Financial Aid Application Form

Step 2

Documents must be submitted by the end of February at the latest, after that only exceptional cases (e.g. job loss) or short-term registrations can be considered

Step 3

Calculation of the financial aid by the tax consultancy based on the submitted documents (first half of March)

Step 4

Consolidated Proposal is submitted by Tax Advisory Firm to Finance Director/Managing Director for approval

Step 5

After the final check and approval, the applicants will receive feedback from financialaid@if-koeln.de by mid-March

Age Requirements & Grade Placement

While we certainly look at students’ previous education for enrollment in grades 2 and above, we find it quite important to place children in classes with their peers, according to the age guidelines given below. In addition, we consider factors such as the previous national school system, school calendar, maturity and language skills of the student. 

We generally will not enroll a student who will be older than 19 at the time of his/her graduation.

Bilingual Primary School

Grade Age by September 30 Academic Program
1 Grade 6 years old Primary School (PYP)
2 Grade 7 years old Primary School (PYP)
3 Grade 8 years old Primary School (PYP)
4 Grade 9 years old Primary School (PYP)
5 Grade 10 years old Primary School (PYP)

Grade 1 enrollment

Early enrollment (Kannkind)

Children who do not turn six on/before September 30 of the respective year can still be considered for first grade enrollment if the family strongly feels that their child is ready to begin school. In this case, the school makes the decision together with the child’s parents after receiving the results of the school entrance examination test (Schuleingangsuntersuchung) if the child is mature enough to enter first grade.

School entrance examination (Schuleingangsuntersuchung)

The School Entrance Examination is required by German law for all incoming first grade pupils before the start of the school year. Doctors of the city health department examine children’s vision, speech, hearing and motor skills. Families also submit documentation of the child’s previous health records.

The examination takes place once a year at our school, generally in late spring. Alternatively, families can arrange a private appointment directly with the public health department at their office (Gesundheitsamt Köln-Neumarkt).

After the examination, a recommendation is made about the child’s enrollment in 1st grade. The ultimate decision regarding enrollment is left to the parents and the School Leadership Team.

Bilingual Secondary School

Grade Age by September 30 Academic Program
6 Grade 11 years old Lower Secondary (Secondary I Cambridge)
7 Grade 12 years old Lower Secondary (Secondary I Cambridge)
8 Grade 13 years old Lower Secondary (Secondary I Cambridge)
9 Grade 14 years old Middle Secondary (IGCSE)
10 Grade 15 years old Middle Secondary (IGCSE)
11 Grade 16 years old Upper Secondary (IB Diploma Program)
12 Grade 17 years old Upper Secondary (IB Diploma Program)

Do you have any questions?