Ember

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  1. English Primary Schools in Hamburg

    Thanks, HEM.  Any idea if Liebniz Privatschule actually teaches in English? They advertise that they do, but if most of the teachers are German and the students are German, could they really teach subjects in English very well? Their website is poorly written (in English) ironically.  I am just looking for a decent education for my daughter. She will likely go to an English speaking university in England or the USA after graduating, so I am just concerned that she learn her main subjects well in English. I am thinking that I will just have her take the ACT and SAT. And, additionally, perhaps we will have her study main subjects (Chemistry, Bio, and Math) with a tutor in the summer to keep up.  Any suggestions on where to get a decent education in Germany for 9th grade-12th (in English)?  Thank you!
  2. English Primary Schools in Hamburg

    My husband, 14 year old daughter, and I are looking to move this fall to the Hamburg area (from the USA) and I was looking at ISC (International School Campus) for my daughter who doesn't speak German. She will be entering 9th grade. I am looking for a school that can accommodate her.  Any suggestions for me? I just heard of a private school in Elmshorn, Liebniz Privatschule. (Here is the English link:  https://www.leibniz-privatschule.de/en/unsere-schule/ )  Any good? Any suggestions on where to live? We wanted to stay close to Hamburg because relatives live in Poppenbutel. We are open to any living areas and schools around the Hamburg area, so I am not against other private schools in Aurensburg or anywhere, etc. I like living in the countryside, so for me, this isn't a big deal, but I don't know how that would affect my daughter, socially. Any city/town suggestions? We will be managing our companies in the USA remotely and traveling to and fro, so we don't have to live in a specific town/city. We aren't rich, by any means, so we are probably considered middle class. I am most concerned about my daughter's education. I know that she will struggle with the language, so I am wondering if anybody has any 9th grade / German high school experiences or suggestions that they wish to share in and around the Hamburg area? Thank you!
  3. Hello, Decow (or anyone that can help).  My husband, 14 year old daughter, and I are looking to move this fall to the Hamburg area (from the USA) and I was looking at ISC (International School Campus) for my daughter who doesn't speak German. She will be entering 9th grade. I am looking for a school that can accommodate her. Can you tell me what school you decided to move your child to, Decow? Any suggestions for me? I just heard of a private school in Elmshorn, Liebniz Privatschule. Any good? Any suggestions on where to live? We wanted to stay close to Hamburg because relatives live in Poppenbutel. We are open to any living areas and schools around the Hamburg area, so I am not against other private schools in Aurensburg or anywhere, etc. I like living in the countryside, so for me, this isn't a big deal, but I don't know how that would affect my daughter, socially. Any city/town suggestions? We will be managing our companies in the USA remotely and traveling to and fro, so we don't have to live in a specific town/city. We aren't rich, by any means, so we are probably considered middle class. I am most concerned about my daughter's education. I know that she will struggle with the language, so I am wondering if anybody has any 9th grade / German high school experiences or suggestions that they wish to share in and around the Hamburg area? Thank you!  
  4. Life in Husum

      Thank you for your responses. I have considered the many issues that my daughter may face in the German public schools, thus, we are considering a move to Hamburg (or near Hamburg) instead. We are thinking of placing our daughter in the International School Campus in Pinneberg area around Hamburg. I am looking at a rental house in Halstenbek, Rellingen, Pinneberg, or Elmshorn. I may have a pending offer in Halstenbek. Any thoughts on this move? We may try 9th grade at the school and see if she survives this. Any thoughts on any of the above mentioned towns/cities and placing her in international school? Thank you for your time.   And, as additional background, we have a couple companies in the USA that we own and manage, so we will be traveling to and fro. So, we won't have to rely on jobs in Germany. Although, I am also a Biology high school teacher, so I would love to teach at an international school, but haven't received any offers as of yet.    -Ember
  5. Hello Ember. 

     

    I have posted a reply to your post on the forum. 

     

    I would like to add a personal message.  If there is anything I can do to help you and your family please let me know,

     

    Best regards

     

    Max (aka Starkebogen)

  6. Life in Husum

    I am an American, looking to move with my dual citizen (German/American) husband and 14 year old daughter. I have looked at rentals in Husum. My husband speaks some German and my daughter and I, none. We are willing to learn and integrate and make German friends. What would life be like for us in Husum and some of the other small German towns in Northern Germany? Any recommendations (town-wise)? Good idea? Bad idea? Would my daughter be able to make friends? Or would we be outcasts? Any suggestions? We have never lived in Germany before. We are basically, American and grew up in America, but we are open to new experiences and are looking to retire in Germany and live a quiet peaceful life. Any info would be helpful.