A snapshot: schools in Frankfurt considered (but not necessarily chosen) by English-speaking expats.
Schools with a full GSGI review are noted with next to their names.
(pending) means that the school is on our list to review.
By full GSGI review, we mean school write-ups that are completely selected, researched, visited and written by our own editors. Our final reviews take the good with the bad, warts and all, but we look for a preponderance of good before we drill down for in-depth details and descend on the school for an exhaustive visit. We are aware of the other schools on this page and we continually add or remove schools, as deemed appropriate.
Frankfurt International School (FIS) (pending)
PYP/ MYP/ IB Diploma; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 1,820 students
English speaking school on two campuses, one in Oberursel in two adjacent properties and the smaller, more rural Wiesbaden campus for pupils from age 3 to grade 8 (at this stage, they can move on to Oberursel to continue at FIS). Accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). Graduates progress to leading global universities, mainly in the UK (including Oxbridge) and US (including Ivies).
German curriculum/ Abitur/ SABIS/ IGCSE/ A Level/ AP/ IB Diploma; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 850 students
Located between Frankfurt and Wiesbaden with impressive facilities for both sports and the arts. Part of the global SABIS school network (classes taught in English) and accredited by the Middle States Association of Schools and Colleges (MSA) and the American National Council of Private Schools Association (NCPSA). The ISF High School Diploma is recognised by many US universities but graduates really do ‘go global’ when it comes to university paths.
Metropolitan School Frankfurt (pending)
PYP/ IGCSE/ IB Diploma; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 630 students
Dually accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and the Council of International Schools (CIS) and also has special authorisation from the City of Frankfurt as a state-approved private school. The school was founded by investment banker Peter Ferres, in 2007, who describes the school’s offering as ‘an international education with German roots.’ Now teaching students from over 40 countries from kindergarten to graduation.
Strothoff International School Frankfurt (pending)
PYP/ MYP/ IB Diploma/ Abitur-Equivalent IB Diploma (Abi-IBDP); ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 350 students
Located in the horribly hard to spell and pronounce town of Dreieich, in the Offenbach region outside Frankfurt. Recently accredited by both the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). Growing steadily, the aim is to double the present number of students. They come from over 40 different nationalities with American and British pupils heading for 40 per cent of the total and Germans nearly 20 per cent.
These schools have been brought to our attention but until we have more reports from parents, we are unable to consider reviewing them.
European school-developed curriculum/ European Bac; ages 4-18; co-ed; day; state; 1,600 students
One of the thirteen European state schools, originally established in the 1950s. This one was opened, mainly for the children of employees of the European Central Bank but now caters to other expat families. Students are taught in their mother-tongue, in this case, German, English, French or Italian with a Spanish section being built up.
French curriculum/ Brevet/ French Bac/ Abi-Bac; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; state; 1,000 students
Rare for a member of the AEFE (French Agency for Education Abroad) network in offering a combined qualification from its host country. Accredited by the French Ministry of Education and also holding the status of Ersatzschule. Located in Praunheim in the north-west of Frankfurt, with approximately half the students holding French passports.
German curriculum; ages 5-11; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned
The latest offspring of the Swiss International Schools Group. Opened in 2020 with a reception class as well as the two first years of primary and intending to grow upwards annually until they reach the level of German Abitur and International Baccalaureate Diploma. Located north of Frankfurt in the Taunus area and teaching the curriculum of the federal state of Hesse.
International Primary Curriculum/ MYP/ IGCSE/ IB Diploma/ PTC; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 700 students
Founded in 1998, now located in Erlangen, Nuremberg, two and half hours south of Frankfurt and teaching 45 different nationalities, although just under a third tend to hold German passports. Unusual in offering the PTC academic courses which have been designed to act as a bridge between sixth form students and businesses.
For more information on the schools above, please go to each school’s individual entry on The Good Schools Guide International search.