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School Life


Music plays a crucial role in the development of the child’s and young person’s personality as it nurtures and supports creativity, sensitivity and concentration as well as communication and teamwork skills. The main purpose of our music program is to stimulate our students’ joy and interest in music, and to foster the development of their expressiveness, receptivity and cognitive ability.

At the primary level students learn to recognize and sing various tones while also gaining basic knowledge of rhythm. This lays the foundation for learning a musical instrument, as practiced in grades three and four.

In the secondary school, the musical experience continues as students learn the various aspects of music theory, developing an awareness of various composers, genres and styles. They also experiment with different forms of technology in the process of composition to create soundtracks and music to accompany dramatic presentations.

We supplement our curricular music lessons with a wide range of extracurricular opportunities. Regular performances enable our student body to showcase their musical talents. All of these activities aim for the development of a musical and listening culture which extends beyond the framework of school life.


Throughout their school career, students broaden their horizons and gain valuable experiences about making and understanding art through the learning of art practices and processes, representation and creation techniques. We encourage our students to experiment and test their boundaries while learning from and about conventions, innovation and inventions.

Art is integrated into the weekly timetable from primary school up through middle school. In the upper years, students can choose art as one of their exam subjects. Our students learn a growing range of practices and techniques, such as drawing, painting, printmaking, three-dimensional studies, photography, digital and lens-based media, graphic communication and design. Our facilities are continuously growing and expanding.

Through the creation and discussion of art, students train their perception, presentation, observational and comparative skills with increasing complexity. They improve their reflective and conceptual abilities while developing their use of art as a means of expression and communication.


It is indisputable that sport has numerous positive effects on the body and mind, especially for children and youth. To this end, movement and sport are of great importance at our school. Students have regular breaks and a spacious courtyard and playground to get some exercise and fresh air between classes. Regular sport lessons are integrated into the curriculum throughout the entire school. Additionally, students have numerous further opportunities to try out and hone their athletic skills within our extracurricular program.


We understand the function of a school as not only an educational establishment in the traditional sense, but an institution which must foster the development of the whole child. So while academics certainly play a crucial role, we see it as equally important to provide our students with an extensive extracurricular programme. Offers include a wide range of clubs such as orchestra, big band, coding, school sports teams, art, TED Talks, Model United Nations and mother tongue as well as various language options. We also offer students academic support and challenge programmes. Here is an overview of our current extracurricular program:

Primary Clubs

Secondary Clubs

In Clubs (en)
In Clubs (en)
In Clubs (en)
bilinguale Grundschule
Individual support
In Clubs (en)
Kung Fu
In Clubs (en)


Throughout the year pupils across all grades and school forms look for ways to give back to the community and to help those in need. Earnings raised from flea markets and sponsors’ runs are donated to charities at home and abroad, clothing donations are collected and made to refugee homes and projects are organised with various non-profit associations. Our students have volunteered at soup kitchens and senior residences, raised enough money to build a school in Cambodia and granted the wish of a terminally ill cancer patient. Through such activities, not only do our students learn to appreciate how fortunate many of them are, but they come to understand the lives and situations of others. Our continued work in this field encourages our students to really strive to make the world a better place.


Already at a young age our pupils go on great journeys. In the primary school class trips are spent in a nearby location for one or two nights to encourage class bonding and fun educational experiences. Our middle school classes generally travel somewhere within Europe to practice their language skills, familiarise themselves with the local culture and/or test their boundaries. High school students have exciting opportunities for more international travel, from student exchanges and internships abroad to social action projects in Ghana or Latin America.


SUMMER CAMP 1: 29 June – 3 July, 2020 (early bird fee from €175 for registrations before 31.05.2020)

SUMMER CAMP 2: 3 – 11 August, 2020 (early bird fee from €245 for registrations before 28.06.2020)


Campers will be able to choose from a range of activities each day: sports, outdoor activities, dance, karaoke, games, arts & crafts. A German-English bilingual teaching team will be leading the camp, ensuring high-quality learning experiences as well as stimulating language practice. Our holiday camps are open to all children between the ages of 6-14, both CIS/IFK students as well as external students.


Our holiday camps run from 9:00am – 4:00pm.

Drop-off: 8:30am – 9:00am (early supervision is available from 8:00am upon request for an additional fee of €10 per day)

Pick-up: 4:00pm – 4:30pm

Lunch and snacks are included in the fee.


To register, please click on the following link:

CIS Summer Camps 2020 RegistrationSummer Camp Fees and Refund Policy

Please read the Camp Fees and Refund Policy

If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Zaric: tatjana.zaric@if-koeln.de.