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International schools in and around Dortmund

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Hello Everybody,

 

My name is Liz I am 30 and German citizen. I have lived along with my husband oversease for many years now in Asia. I have two children both aged 15 and we are now moving to Dortmund do to my husbands work. I have been looking for an English speaking school for my two children for very long now and haven't found anything around Dortmund yet. I would dearly appreciate any help towards English Schools near by or even in Dortmund. Thank you very much!

 

Lizet Zouk

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Hi Lizet,

 

there is also an English school in Duisburg (St. George's School), which is closer to Dortmund than any of those listed at agis-schools.org, but still not really near Dortmund.

 

If you cannot find an English speaking school that is enough, you could consider sending your children to a German school with a bilingual branch. While most lessons are in German, some subjects (usually History, Geography and Politics, ocassionally Science) are taught in English, so that might be a compromise. There are two of those in Dortmund (http://www.leibniz-gym.de/ and http://www.heig-do.de/), but I do not know any specifics about either of them.

 

Good luck,

 

Jan

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My wife and I are considering an employment opportunity that would require moving our family (3 year old and 9 year old children) later this year from the US to east of Dortmund for 2-3 years.

 

We just found this site today, and appreciate the information.

 

We're specifically searching for an English language school in the Dortmund area.

 

One post mentioned the possibility of a branch of the St. Georges British School opening later this year in Dortmund. We have not yet been able to confirm this.

 

We would appreciate any additional comments regarding this or other English speaking school possibilities in the Dortmund area.

 

Thank you for any assistance.

 

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We are thinking of moving to Dortmund Germany for the 4 years my twin boys are in high school - they are now in 8th grade. I have been looking for schools in Dortmund that I could enroll my boys in. I can see many international schools but none in the Dortmund local area. I am hoping that someone on this forum, living in Dortmund can help me with some names of schools in the area.

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welcome!

 

I would recommend moving to Dusseldorf and placing the twins in the school there if your finances allow.

 

The school in on the northern side of the city and the distance between Dusseldorf and Dortmund is comutable (not short, but not long either in the scheme of things).

 

If your twins were younger, I would've suggested integration but at their age, their are more or less locked into finishing school in English (in my humble opinion, and making the assumption that they do not already speak a second language).

 

Good luck

 

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Based on advise here and other forums, I have checked out Düsseldorf and it does look like a great option. However, before I give up on living in Dortmund, is there anyone out there who has moved to Dortmund and has found an English speaking high school for their kids?

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I am employed at an international school in NRW and I haven't heard of any int'l school in Dortmund. Bochum and Essen also come up blank. As far as I know the nearest ones are St. George's (Duisburg-Wedau), International School Heiligenhaus in Heiligenhaus near Velbert, and the International School of Düsseldorf in Düsseldorf-Kaiserswerth. Farther than that there is one in Neuss and another one in Köln. Google for more info.

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I stumbled upon this discussion while trying to find information on schools in the Dusseldorf area. Like others who have posted before me, I will be moving with my family to Germany (Uedem is where I will be working) and have been told that the closest English and French language schools are in Dusseldorf. I have a few questions for those of you in this discussion group. 1) What is the german education system like? We are considering putting the kids into a neighbourhood school 2) Looking for opinions on International Schools in general and specifically the IS of Dusseldorf, On the Rhine in Neus. 3) Any information on St George's school? 4) Are there any german language of instruction schools in the Dusseldorf and North west of Dusseldorf? 5) We want the kids to become fluent in German and one of my concerns with putting them in an English language school is that they will live in English in Germany - suggestions 6) Will the kids pick up written and Oral German in an Engish school? 7) any other suggestions or lessons learned? Thanks

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"I stumbled upon this discussion while trying to find information on schools in the Dusseldorf area. Like others who have posted before me, I will be moving with my family to Germany (Uedem is where I will be working) and have been told that the closest English and French language schools are in Dusseldorf. I have a few questions for those of you in this discussion group.

 

1) What is the german education system like? We are considering putting the kids into a neighbourhood school "

 

Cannot comment on what the German educational system is like. Some of the other members with experience of the system can make better judgement.

 

My opinion is that it would be the best idea to put them in neighbourhood school but the decision depends on how long you intend to stay in Germany, the age of your children / their current level of German and if you can afford English (private) schools. If you will be here long term and are prepared for the initial problems with the language barrier in a German school, then it is best for making friends and socialising after school and less commuting.

 

"2) Looking for opinions on International Schools in general and specifically the IS of Dusseldorf, On the Rhine in Neus. "

 

Very good schools but very expensive - budget for about 10 000 Euro per child per year for schoolfees, excluding the once off capital payments of about 4000 Euro per child.

They all have websites, and if you contact them, they will send you the information pack about their respective shools.

 

"3) Any information on St George's school? "

 

Same as 2)

 

"4) Are there any german language of instruction schools in the Dusseldorf and North west of Dusseldorf? "

 

You mean language schools that give German courses. Yes. Berlitz, Goethe Institute to name a few. Search on the forum and you will find more names. Most have webpages that you can see where the closest facility is.

 

"5) We want the kids to become fluent in German and one of my concerns with putting them in an English language school is that they will live in English in Germany - suggestions

6) Will the kids pick up written and Oral German in an Engish school? "

 

The international schools have German classes for native and non-native speakers as part of the cirriculum. And there is a lot of German kids attending these schools - which mean they will pick it up on the playground as well.

 

"7) any other suggestions or lessons learned? Thanks"

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we arrived in Germany three years ago with our two children (then 9 and 6) having only ever spoken English. We immersed them in the local school system and both are doing very well indeed. Our son goes to Gymnasium now and our daughter is top of her class for German - so, if you want fluent German you can't do better

 

However

 

If you children are already high school age (anything over 12) then think again - its a tough school system and would be very, very difficult to start at that level (even in one of the so-called bilingual streams) unless you were exceptional (in my opinion).

 

Having taught in a variety of International Schools (in my previous life), their priority is English and while they might 'teach' a bit of the local language, it is not really a priority (remember - that English is already a second language for many children attending these schools)

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Thanks for your inputs. Two of my kids are teens, and while bright I would not put them in the exceptional especially the older one when it comes to language. Company will pay for tuition etc at selected or approved private schools. I am checking to see if the International School in Neuss and St George's qualify. The International School in Dusseldorf does. I will post more questions as we move forward with the move and closer to having to figure out what we are going to do. One question I do have is - are there summer language camps that we could enroll the kids in to start them on the German language. We have bought a couple computer programs but that is not going to get them much farther than counting and where is the bathroom

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This is where my parents sent me as a kid in the early 90s (3 summers) to immerse myself in German. Don't know if things have changed in 20 years, but I used to have 2 hours of class in the morning (you picked the subjects, e.g. math, English, German, "Lernmethodik", etc.) and sports and stuff in the afternoon. It worked for me back then.
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Hi All,

Just came accross this discussion and thought I'd comment!

We are French/English with three littles ones 2,4,6. We moved from UK to Germany in August last year and our 6 year old and 4 year old went straight to German school/kindergarten. In 6 months they speak fluent German...of course they had teething problems and Im pretty sure that they will be behind academically if we move back to the UK one day but I thin kthat's a small price to pay for a real experience and three European languages at their age.

Consider the local German school - it's so great for the kids to pick up German and its so much easier for them than it is for us.

Of course Im only talking about young children - I appreciate it is much harder for onlder ones.

Good luck!

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Hi. its me from above. Just to let you know that I met a lady who runs an International pre-school (to 6 years) in Dortmund. Here are the details:

 

International Montessori School - Barbara House

 

Spissenagelstr. 23

 

44229 Dortmund-Bittermark

 

Tel. 0231.2826633

 

Mention 'Lucy' when you call so she knows where you got these details from! thanks

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