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Admissions

Welcome to the Admissions Office at COLOGNE INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL – Internationale Friedensschule Köln (IFK/CIS. We hope that you will find our website useful in learning more about our school.

 

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 the school or our admissions procedure. We always try to answer every inquiry promptly.

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Request Information

Send us a message through our contact form and we will get in touch with you as soon as possible. For more detailed information, please fill out our admissions form below.

Schedule an Appointment

Our admissions team is available for individual appointments, to give you a tour of our campus and to explore the possibility of enrollment. Please complete our contact form below to schedule your visit in advance.

Appointments can be arranged throughout the year from Monday to Friday 10.30 am to 4.30 pm.

Trial Day

We would also like to invite your child to a Trial Day, when he/she can visit our school and attend lessons. The Trial Day, which ends with a personal meeting with the Principal, allows your child to get a real feeling for our school community.

Petra Tenzer

Head of Admissions

admissions@if-koeln.de

+49 (0)221 / 310 634 – 219

Application procedure

Applicants receive a link to access the IFK/CIS Online Registration by email from the Admissions officer.

1) Submit admissions form and report cards

  • Admissions form
  • Previous school records
    • Grade 1: Nursery report
    • Grade 2-4: copy of all end of year report cards
    • Grade 5 onwards: copy of all secondary end of the year reports

2) Arrange Trial Day

3) Complete and submit Cologne International School’s Online Application Form

Please request the online application form from our Admissions Officer

4) Submit supporting application documentation

  • Birth Certificate (copy with Latin letters)
  • Vaccination records for inspection (copy with Latin letters)
  • Medical health certificate (for 1st graders)
  • 1 Passport photo
  • Visa status (for non-EU citizens)

5) Application Review

Once all elements of the application have been provided, it will be reviewed by the School Management Team.

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.

6) Confirmation of Enrollment

If admission is granted, parents/guardians will be notified via an acceptance letter.

Förderverein

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 Information

Upon joining COLOGNE INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, all new school families will receive a welcome email with information and news about the relevant academic year by the School Management Team.

Age Requirements & Grade Placement

Regardless of the month of enrollment, the student must have reached the required age for his or her intended entry grade before September 30 of the respective school year.

Grade

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

11

12

Age by September 30

6 years old

7 years old

8 years old

9 years old

10 years old

11 years old

12 years old

13 years old

14 years old

15 years old

16 years old

17 years old

Academic Program

Primary School (PYP)

Primary School (PYP)

Primary School (PYP)

Primary School (PYP)

Middle School (PYP)

Middle School (Secondary I Cambridge)

Middle School (Secondary I Cambridge)

Middle School (Secondary I Cambridge)

Middle School (IGCSE)

Middle School (IGCSE)

High School (IB Diploma Program)

High School (IB Diploma Program)

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 these age guidelines. In addition, factors such as the previous national school system, school calendar, maturity and language skills of the student will be considered.

The school will generally not enroll a student who will be older than twenty-two at the time of his/her graduation.

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 will decide together with the parents and 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. The children’s vision, speech, hearing and motor skills are examined by doctors of the city health department, which also includes documentation of previous health records.

 

The examination takes place once a year in our school, but can also be carried out in the offices of the public health department (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 management.

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