Vacancy at Frankfurt International School

Posted 29 May 2015:

Applications are invited for the following position:

►        Elementary bi-lingual Classroom teacher (fluent in German and English) effective 1 August 2015 until 31 July 2016

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Vacancy at Frankfurt International School

– Posted 07 November 2014 –

Applications are invited for the following positions effective 1 August 2015:

►        FIS-W Grade 6–8 Math and Science
►        FIS-W Special Education – Experience working with children on the Autism Spectrum required
►        US Physical Education
►        US Teacher of German and French – as a foreign language
►        US IB Physics Teacher
►        US IB Economics/General Geography
►        ES Physical Education
►        All School – Technology Integration Teacher; experience as a Technology integration teacher

Applications should be in writing and directed to the appropriate principal/administrator with copy to Rita De La Cruz within seven working days of this notice.

* FIS-W is Frankfurt International School in Wiesbaden

Rita De La Cruz
Human Resources Manager
61440 Oberursel, Germany
Tel.:         +49 (0) 6171-2024478
www.fis.edu

The German School System – Elementary School

Over the years, a frequent question in conversation with ex-patriots is about the complex structure of the German school system.

This short outline covers the main parts of elementary schooling.

* Grundschule

All children from ages six to ten years old must attend a primary school (Grundschule). You cannot choose the school, instead your child will be assigned to the one closest in your district. This is usually in walking distance.

Before school admittance, all children are tested (Einschulungstest). In the old days, if a child could reach with his/her right arm around the head and touch the left ear, the child was often found suited mature enough to start first grade. The criteria has changed a lot since then.

Today, children have to go through various tests to show their physical, mental, emotional, and social capabilities. There are also “Kann Kinder” (capable children) who may start school earlier at the age of five, provided they turn six before 31 Dec in the same school year. There are also “Darf Kinder” (“may start school early” children) who may start school earlier under different guide lines (more bureaucracy).

First day of school tradition: the Schultüte

Schultüte/Zuckertüte

A common practice throughout all 16 states in Germany is giving the Schultüte or also known as Zuckertüte (definition: large cornet of cardboard filled with sweets and little presents given to children in Germany on their first day at school).

This tradition began in Saxony and Thuringia in the 19th century. Today, the average parents spend euro 69,52 on its contents ( with parents in the eastern part of Germany spending more). More parents (54%) in the West make the Schultüte themselves, in comparison to only 16% homemade Schultüten in the East.

The contents are most often school supplies, candy, plush animals, and other small gifts.

In primary school, children are taught to read, write, do maths, and they study local history, geography, and biology. Unlike most other countries, students also have religious instruction classes. In addition to their homeroom teacher (Klassenleiter/in), they have separate teachers for music and sport.

Very little homework is assigned – usually 30 to 40 minutes a day.

In the student’s fourth and final year at primary school, teachers evaluate the child’s next level of schooling in discussion with the parents. If the students seems apt for university education, then he/she will move directly into secondary school (Gymnasium). Those students who need two more years to develop their academic skills can continue middle school (Gesamtschule), where they can choose from three tracks: intermediate schools (Hauptschule or Realschule) or Gymnasium.

My previous post about kindergarten can be read here:

http://www.pension-sprachschule.de/faq-by-expats/the-german-school-system-kindergarten/

 

Vacancy at Frankfurt International School

Posted 21 Jan 2014:

Applications are invited for the following position:

►        Temporary Elementary School German Teacher from 1 August 2014 until 31 July 2015. This will be a parental leave replacement.

Applications should be in writing and directed to Peter Baker with copy to Rita De La Cruz within seven working days of this notice.

Rita De La Cruz
Human Resources Manager
Frankfurt International School

Tel.:         +49 (0) 6171-2024478
Mobile:    +49 (0)172-7602097
www.fis.edu

Vacancy at Frankfurt International School

Posted 2 September 2013

Applications are invited for the following position:

* Temporary part time Teacher Assistant (50%) at the Elementary division, effective immediately to approximately 31 July 2014 (exact time period to be confirmed)

Applications should be in writing and directed to Peter Baker with copy to Rita De La Cruz within seven working days of this notice.

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