Status of the School

What you should know about the legal status of the school.

The Primary School and the Reception Programme of SIS Frankfurt are currently in the process of becoming officially approved as Ersatzschule (an Ersatzschule provides courses and qualifications comparable with those offered at German state schools). Teaching is in accordance with the relevant state curricula. Students attending our Primary School or the Reception Programme automatically meet the German requirements for compulsory school attendance.

For the future, SIS Frankfurt plans to be fully accredited by the state. Full recognition can be granted once schools have successfully completed a trial period of several years. The earliest the Primary School at SIS Frankfurt can apply for full state recognition is after the successful completion of two grade 4 classes. A fully recognised Ersatzschule can issue official reports and exams.

Please note the following important information:


  • At SIS Frankfurt, curricula, grading systems, promotion regulations, etc. comply with the requirements for Hessian state schools.
  • For admission to SIS Frankfurt the student must fulfil German public school admission requirements for the corresponding school level. Attendance is compulsory in the Reception Programme. That means compulsory school attendance is a requirement as soon as your child enter the Reception Programme at SIS Frankfurt.
  • Until SIS Frankfurt has been granted full state recognition, the school cannot issue official progress reports or primary school recommendations. Progress reports  issued by SIS Frankfurt during this period provide general guidance only. Primary school recommendations are issued by SIS Frankfurt.
  • In cases where a student of SIS Frankfurt wishes to transfer to a public school or a fully state-recognised private secondary school (Gymnasium or Realschule), an admission examination may be required unless SIS Frankfurt has already received full state recognition.   

For further information regarding the status of the school, the regulations for admission and the transfer to and from other schools, please contact the principal.
International families who are not familiar with the German school system are strongly encouraged to contact the principal for further advice.