Our primary school

Our bilingual primary school at the Heidelberg Private School Centre (HPC) enables pupils to learn something special in a playful way. Bilingual instruction means that the pupils are intensively taught and supported both in English and in German.

This bilingual pathway at the primary school complies with the criteria of the current education plans and the primary school curriculum.

IB – PYP Candidate School since Sept. 2018!

reasons to choose the bilingual primary school:

1. Daily and natural use of the foreign language (dual immersion method — German and English) — from the very beginning

We emphasise speaking and playful interaction in both languages. This approach facilitates natural use of the two languages in everyday life and in subject-related contexts. Children therefore acquire a high level of linguistic competence in both languages, no matter whether their mother tongue is one of the two languages or another language.

2. A strong school network

The HPC enables, in principle, all children to follow a continuous route to a general school-leaving qualification. It is possible to progress to the bilingual Gymnasium or the Secondary school. In addition, after the 7th or 10th grade, Secondary school pupils have the opportunity to move to a higher level of school. Our school and career advisory service will be happy to show you the various options.

3. Intercultural education

Our multicultural school life reflects the diversity of our pupils’ backgrounds. The informal encounter of children from different cultures promotes tolerance and acceptance and leads to a high level of intercultural competence. In light of social change, this is becoming increasingly important for success in twenty-first century life.

4. Small classes and a friendly atmosphere

Children feel comfortable and welcome in our manageably small classes. They can be intensively accompanied by their teachers, have their say and are individually supported where necessary. In turn, teachers are supported by a multi-professional team that also help shape afternoon activities. In this way, children always encounter the same people during the course of a school day and feel secure.

5. Choice of early morning and afternoon educational and leisure activities

  • early morning supervision from 7:15 a.m. by a social education worker
  • hot meal at lunchtime between 1 and 1:30 p.m. (food brought from home can be heated in a microwave)
  • after 1:30 p.m.: homework supervision and reading support time with qualified personnel
  • after 3:30 p.m.: choice of diverse club activities (cognitive, creative, sporting or musical) for one hour
  • after-school supervision possible until 5:00

Learning at the HPC bilingual primary school

Our primary school is part of the Heidelberg Private School Centre. Since the 2013/14 school year we have given many children a strong start to their school career. At our centrally located school in the Old Town we offer primary school children from grades one to four a colourful and child-friendly learning environment which promotes positive learning development alongside the development of a harmonious, well-rounded personality.

With the aim of facilitating childlike discovery of the world, our fourteen teachers use the bilingual concept to teach children in German or English in manageable class sizes. 

Classrooms and outdoor areas are bright, friendly and child-centred. This creates the conditions for children to be able to live out their creativity as well as satisfy their need for movement.

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Curriculum and methods

In our bilingual primary school, the subjects mathematics and German are taught in German in all grades. The subjects English, music, science, ethics as well as movement, games and sports are usually taught in English.

The children speak, read and write in German and English from the first grade onwards. The languages are taught according to the immersion method.

Learning step by step

In grades 1-4, the primary school lays the foundation for your child’s successful school career and is thus the basis for a happy, responsible and successful future. The school continues the educational and upbringing work of day-care centres and the legal guardians and teaches pupils essential knowledge, skills and abilities.

The HPC bilingual primary school offers children a positive learning atmosphere in a child-friendly environment that optimally prepares your child for further steps in life.

It is based is the 2016 educational plan for the federal state of Baden-Württemberg, so that every child gains a comprehensive and excellent education to suit his or her abilities, also in terms of progression to secondary education.

The aim and focus of our pedagogical concept and activity is for children to discover the world through research-developing and networked learning in an environment of dual language immersion.

Nutrition: EU school fruit scheme and a wholesome, balanced diet

At our primary school, every child has the opportunity to have a hot lunch from Monday to Friday, for a fee. The meals are delivered freshly prepared by our catering partner Kids-Meal, are regionally sourced and contain organic ingredients. Food allergies or vegetarian diets can be catered for.

Balanced meals provide children with all the nutrients they need for healthy growth and development and can help prevent diet-related diseases in adulthood.

A wholesome, balanced diet increases performance and can compensate for deficits in a one-sided diet. In addition, it is a cornerstone for a healthy lifestyle in adulthood, since eating habits practised in childhood usually last a lifetime.

In addition, we serve fruit from the EU school fruit scheme during breaks and for lunch. Our pupils enjoy taking advantage of this offer.

At a glance — what makes the HPC bilingual primary school special?

Native speakers ensure a natural, authentic and intensive language experience. Pupils encounter the teaching languages German and English on a near 50:50 basis throughout the day. Pupils acquire a solid basic education in mathematics, German and English.

The 'reliable primary school' concept, together with our flexible childcare hours, offers a special opportunity to combine school, family and career. A childlike, appropriate discovery of the world through research-developing and networked learning is made possible in manageably small classes.

Individual music lessons or foreign language lessons in any desired language can be offered for a fee and taken in-house in the afternoon – no need for additional journeys. Exercise and a balanced diet, as well as the EU school fruit scheme, i.e. plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, ensure children’s healthy development.

The children are guided and accompanied by a dedicated team of educators. The HPC bilingual primary school is state approved. All teachers are fully trained and hold the second state examination for the teaching profession or a comparable recognised international master's degree.

Our curriculum is based on the 2016 educational plan for Baden-Württemberg.

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A qualified Klaus Tschira research station

Science education is close to our hearts: every year since 2017, our school has qualified as a Klaus Tschira research station. This means that our school meets the quality criteria of the Klaus Tschira Competence Centre for Early Childhood Science Education. Our teachers regularly attend advanced training courses and we align our school project days with the annual theme of the foundation.

We encourage talent

Our institution cooperates with the Hector Children's Academy. The Hector Foundation tests children, free of charge, to determine if they are gifted and supports them by organising and offering courses. Parents are advised on various relevant topics.

Music Lessons in the Primary School

We offer not only music lessons during the school day, but a wide range of music instrument lessons during the afternoon. The Primary School works closely with the Modern Music School of Heidelberg (MMS), where music lessons are offered at our school. The children receive various music and instrument based lessons, either individually or in small groups. Lessons can be arranged for children that best fit the wishes and schedules of parents, to reduce any extra transportation issues.

Discover nature: Forest theme days 2018

Gardening in the primary school: Easter camp 2018

Bilingual lessons with dual language immersion

The language immersion method is a successful form of language learning. It is internationally recognised and represents a compelling alternative to traditional foreign language teaching.

Language teaching is no longer based on the teaching of a language as a grammatical rule system, but on exposing learners to a ‘pool’ of authentic language from the very beginning. The verb 'to immerse' therefore symbolically describes the language acquisition process. This means that teachers speak exclusively in the target language from the outset and supplement spoken language with body language and visual material. The children thus acquire their mother tongue and the other language(s) in similar ways; ultimately, their use of the target language(s) becomes as natural as that of their mother tongue.

This approach is continued at our bilingual Secondary school and bilingual Gymnasium.

The importance of early language learning:

Current developments in education policy underscore the importance of the best possible qualification of our country's pupils. Therefore, since 1998, primary schools have been tasked with the teaching of foreign languages. This restructuring took into account neuro-cognitive and educational research recommendations in order to utilise the language learning ability of children and to start learning foreign languages at the earliest possible age.

The establishment of numerous bilingual kindergartens and primary schools over the past twenty years has demonstrated parents’ awareness of the importance of multilingualism as well as their keenness to offer their children this opportunity.

Language comprehension and speaking skills are acquired by 'immersion in the language pool'. This means that children are not systematically taught the target language, but encounter it in other subject contexts and learn it in a natural way.

The focus is on speaking and playful interaction. The child develops the target language in a natural, age-appropriate process.

Our principles and philosophy

Passionate about what we do

Like our pupils, when selecting new teachers we pay attention both to professional competence and to the fact that the chemistry is right.

Our team share common values, work towards the same goals and support each other in everyday school life.

We particularly value a positive, friendly atmosphere in the classroom, supplemented by a resource-orientated culture of error tolerance and flat hierarchies.

We want to support pupils in reaching their maximum potential and use all our specialist knowledge and experience to this end. Teachers are supported by additional colleagues from pedagogical, psychological or educational professions.

This is what our pupils notice. They recognise that teachers and colleagues take time for them and accompany them individually where necessary. This makes a significant contribution to the children's well-being. A positive frame of mind, as brain research shows, increases learning success.

The reliable primary school — wide-ranging flexibility

The HPC bilingual primary school follows the concept of the 'reliable primary school'. This means that as parents you can be sure that your child is well looked after every day during core school time. Even if teachers are absent through illness, your child won’t miss out on lessons.

This also applies to the childcare hours. Your child is looked after reliably by us during the booked care hours and is always in good hands.

High-quality care

During the childcare hours you book, your child will meet well-trained and sympathetic staff who provide and further develop a high-quality range of services.

Flexibility throughout the whole week

The support modules offered in addition to core school time can be booked flexibly.

This is possible from Monday to Friday, i.e. throughout the school week. Homework and reading support time as well as club time and late supervision can also be booked regularly on one or two specific days a week. We will be happy to advise you in this regard.

Even if your child is booked for care or support times, you can of course collect him or her earlier.

The costs for the respective modules can be found further down on this page.

Fees and funding opportunities

In order to avoid a separation of pupils according to the ownership of the parents individual agreements on the amount of the school fees are possible. We are happy to lead an individual consultation.

1. The monthly school fee is usually 163 euros plus the chilcare fees or the "International Education" package.

2. Processing fee: 295 euros

3. Sibling discount on request

Childcare fees

  • Early care (ab 7:15 a.m.): 35 euros
  • Reading support time / homework supervision (13-15 p.m.): 140 euros
  • Full afternoon care (13-17:15 p.m.) : 225 euros

"International Education" package

The optional additional services such as the "International Education" package result from the total amount of income p.a.

  • up to 30,000 euros – 50 Euro monthly
  • up to 45,000 euros – 60 Euro monthly
  • up to 60,000 euros – 80 Euro monthly
  • up to 75,000 euros – 100 Euro monthly
  • up to 90,000 euros – 120 Euro monthly
  • up to 105,000 euros – 150 Euro monthly
  • up to 120,000 euros – 200 Euro monthly
  • up to 150,000 euros – 260 Euro monthly
  • up to 180,000 euros – 330 Euro monthly
  • over 180,000 euros – 410 Euro monthly

Perspectives after the HPC primary school

With the completion of the HPC primary school your child is well prepared for a successful further school career.

Depending on personal aptitude and talent, all doors at the Heidelberg Private School Centre are open to the children. Our teachers and educational consultants are always available to you as competent partners. 

Possible progression routes:

  • Bilingual Secondary school
  • JenaPlan school (Realschule and Aufbaugymnasium – intermediate and advanced secondary schools)
  • Bilingual Gymnasium (higher secondary school) G8 (International G9)
  • Aufbaugymnasium (advanced secondary school) from grade 7 (G9)
  • Berufliches Gymnasium (higher vocational secondary school) from grade 8 and from grade 11 (G9)
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Fachhochschulreife (entrance qualification for universities of applied sciences) at the Berufskolleg (advanced vocational school)
    • Berufskolleg I and II (advanced vocational school — business)
    • Berufskolleg (advanced vocational school — foreign languages)

In principle, pupils also have access to all public and private schools and, depending on their secondary education qualification, to universities.

Nov 2018: BG ab Klasse 8 derzeit in Gründungsphase

Nov 2018: bilingual Gymnasium from grade 8 currently in preparation

Contact and application

We are delighted if we have helped you and your child choose our bilingual primary school. If you have any further questions, such as about bilingual teaching or our concept of a reliable primary school, we will be happy to answer them. [Verena May and Gerd Ortlieb, School Principals of the HPC Bilingual primary school]

We are looking forward to provide many more info about our primary school in English!

If you need more information or advice, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Application and Registration on the F+U Applicant Portal

We have our own applicant portal for easy application and registration. 

Apply via the F+U Application System

 

Information evenings

  • Tuesday, 09.07.2019 - 18.30

Event venue for the primary school:
Fahrtgasse 7-13
69117 Heidelberg


Event venue for the secondary school, vocational colleges, Gymnasien, International Baccalaureate®:
Kurfürsten-Anlage 64-68
69115 Heidelberg

Would you like to know more?

For questions please use the contact form — we will get back to you as soon as possible!

You can contact the primary school administration team on 06221 912051.