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Bucharest
IB and German curriculums
Bilingual
Ages 2 to 18

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CurriculumsIB and German
Languages of instructionEnglish, German, and Romanian
Age RangeAges 2 to 18
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Quick summary of key school information

Language of instruction English, German, and Romanian
Native English, German, and Romanian teachers
Extra languages (other than English, German, and Romanian)
Class sizes Average 9 students / class
Maximum 15 students / class
Extracurricular activities
School bus
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This school does not make their fees public for the academic year 2021/2022.

This school has more than one campus in Bucharest:
Hermann Oberth German School: Ages 2 to 18

Address: Pipera Blvd. no. 77, Voluntari, Ilfov, Romania

Hermann Oberth Campus: Ages 2 to 18

Address: Emil Racoviță Street no. 15, Voluntari, Ilfov, Roimania

Teaching was initially designed to be delivered exclusively in German, and is now expanding through bilingual approaches – German-English, German-Romanian, English-Romanian, and all-English instruction for students in the International Baccalaureate – thus confirming the international direction of the school.
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Number of students

250

Number of nationalities represented in the school

5

Most common nationality

German

Ratio of local students to international students

10:1

Max. number of students per class

15

Average number of students per class

9

Does the school employ teaching assistants?

No. All teachers are qualified to teach their subject (all teachers hols a B.A. or B.Sc; at least 50% also hold an M.A. or M.Sc, 25% hold a PH.D. or equivalent: Teacher Certification 1st Degree), hold a valid teaching certificate, and are IB trained. Teachers may share a class yet all are class teachers, not teaching assistants.

Native English, German, and Romanian speaking teachers

Teachers are either native or the language they teach in is their best language; most teachers have a complex linguistic background (multi-ethnic/ multilingual). As the school is recognized the the German Ministry of Education, tenured German teachers are detached temporarily to our school (for up to 2 years).

Language support for students not fluent in English, German, and Romanian

Yes

Additional language classes offered by the school

The language of instruction varies according to level;
kindergarten - German only;
primary - German only or bilingual (German-Romanian);
lower secondary (grades 5-8) - German only;
lower high school (grades 9-10) - German only; bilingual (German, English, Romanian);
upper high school (grades 11-12): German only; bilingual (German, English, Romanian); or English only, for students who enroll in the Diploma Programme (International Baccalaureate)
English is offered as second language starting primary school; for students studying in bilingual classes, other languages are available (French, Italian, Spanish); for IB DP students, either language B (French, German, English) or language ab initio (French, Spanish, Italian, German, Mandarin Chinese) are available

Use of technology in the classroom

Every classroom is equipped with IBoards / smart boards; the school places great importance on making use of IT resources on a daily basis. Class and home assignments aim to support students' development of IT and media literacy skills; ICT and Computer Science (including robotics) play a crucial role

Is the school ready to use virtual classrooms when needed? (e.g. teaching lessons online if the school is closed, e.g. during COVID-19 closures)

Within 5 days from school closure in March 2020, all teachers had been trained in the use of Zoom and GSuite for Education. All lessons were held in accordance with the original time table. All students attended synchronous virtual lessons; students who did not have proper access to technology were provided complimentary necessary equipment before virtual lessons began; even after schools were re-opened, students were still allowed to attend lessons online, in hybrid more (most students were in the classroom, those who could not be physically present attended via zoom)

Do teachers assign homework to their students?

Yes, usually over the weekend and in manageable amounts. Primary school students do homework under their class teacher's supervision, in the second part of the day, so as to learn how to best organize their time, and, ultimately, to learn how to learn.

Approximate hours of homework given

It depends on student level, from 10-20 minutes for lower primary to up to 2h for senior high school students

Uniform required

No. A dress code is in effect

Waiting list

Not anymore. We have just opened a new campus that allows for more parallel classes.

Entry evaluation for students

Diagnostic tests are used to determine the areas in which students need support. This does not impact their eligibility.

Brief description of entry evaluation required

Languages and math are tested to ensure students receive proper support.

Deadline for registration (new academic year)

September. Transfer students can join later in the year.

Students can join after academic year begins

Yes

Percentage of students who pursue further education post-graduation

100%

External examinations or assessments available

International baccalaureate Diploma Programme Exams / Romanian Baccalaureate; younger students sit: DSD 1 and DSD 2, the entire Cambridge English suite (from YLE to CPE and IELTS).

Results in these examinations

100% passing rate; grades are above 80%

Do students practice religion at the school? What religion?

No

School bus service available

Yes

Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs

Yes.

Learning support offered

Students are evaluated in order to determine their needs (learning specifics, language needs, etc.). Support staff work directly with students and class teachers to ensure students are best catered to. Teachers implement differentiation within regular classes, and offer extra classes so as to best accommodate students learning needs and styles. Students who need academic support (temporary or long-term) are offered one-to-one classes or in small groups.

The school supports gifted, able and talented students

Differentiation is implemented within regular teaching; separate one-to-one lessons are also offered.

Student access to education psychologist

Yes. The school psychologist is present daily on campus, for both scheduled and unscheduled counselling.

School start time

8:30

School finish time

15:05 for secondary students; 16:00 for primary students

Supervised care before/after school

Supervised care is offered for kindergarten and primary school students (until 18:00). Secondary school students can be enrolled in a number of after-school programs (languages, sport, robotics, literary circles, arts, sciences, etc).

Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

Cambridge English courses (Starters, Movers, Flyers, KET, PET, FCE, CAE, CPE, IELTS)
German language courses (beginners, advanced)
Elective language courses (Italian, French, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese)
Sport (tennis, basketball, karate, ballet, dance, etc.)
Sciences (astronomy, robotics, etc.)
Arts (visual arts, literary circles, creative writing, etc.)
School trips and camps (organized a few times / year)
Summer school activities

School provided lunches

Yes, lunch is cooked daily on campus in accordance with students' nutritional needs and under the supervision of the school nurse, with care to selecting bio / eco / organic ingredients.

Food alternatives for special dietary needs (ie. vegan, kosher, halal etc)

Yes.

Sports activities included

PE lessons, biweekly, including practicing team sports. Extra sport activities are available after regular classes.

Sports facilities at the school

2 indoor gyms, tennis courts, basketball courts, football pitch.

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students

Yes.

Other facilities at the school

Library and reading / research area (300 square meters), chemistry lab, biology lab, physics lab, computer Science lab, robotics lab, music lab, visual arts lab, indoor gyms, outdoor sports fields (tennis, basketball, etc.) in accordance with local regulations and IB DP mandated facilities.

Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

Teachers and students embrace the IB philosophy aiming to be open-minded, caring, creative life-long learners

Teaching approach of the school

Teaching is inquiry-based, and student-led, aiming to develop students' ATL skills, ensure differentiation; teaching also aims for an interdisciplinary approach, promoting transfer of knowledge and critical and creative thinking; planning takes into account the potential to develop interdisciplinary units (IB specifics).

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