I am moving from Australia to Frankfurt in the next couple of months with my family (husband and 3 kids) and we were after some guidance with schooling. The international schools are a bit out of our price range and were wondering what the other options were for a 3 and 5 year old. Are the public primary school zoned like they are in Australia? Also, how to the bilingual schools work? We are currently looking at the surrounding areas for living rather than in the CBD but any thoughts on that would be much appreciated also.
Thank you in advance, we don't speak German (yet!) so we are feeling rather overwhelmed with the whole process and would love some insight!
From this Expat Arrivals page on education and schools in Frankfurt, it seems like bilingual schools might be your best bet but that places at these schools are competitive, so it might be worth applying to some as soon as possible.
This Expat Arrivals page on education and schooling in Germany will have lots of information overlaps with the previously linked page, but it should be informative to read over.
Public schools in Germany do use a 'zoning' or 'area catchment' system. As such, the schools in the more affluent areas tend to have better results. Despite this, education in Germany is generally pretty good.
Your kids are young enough to pick up German fairly quickly, so public schools might be a good option. There might be ways to immerse them in a bit of German before you leave?
Thanks so much for this information Kyle, much appreciated! I will check out those web pages and start looking at the schools - it difficult as we wont know where we are living until we arrive which makes early applications for schools difficult.
Expat Health Insurance
Cigna Global Health Insurance - 10% off any plans bought in November and December 2023
With Cigna, you won't have to rely on foreign public health care systems, which may not meet your needs. Cigna allows you to speak to a doctor on demand, for consultations or instant advice, wherever you are in the world. They also offer full cancer care across all levels of cover, and settle the cost of treatments directly with the provider. Cigna is currently offering a 10% discount for seniors (over 60) on their Silver package.
International Movers. Get Quotes. Compare Prices.
Sirelo has a network of more than 500 international removal companies that can move your furniture and possessions to your new home. By filling in a form, you’ll get up to 5 quotes from recommended movers. This service is free of charge and will help you select an international moving company that suits your needs and budget.