Main Taunus International School (MTIS) stands upon four pillars: academic excellence, innovation for passions, service and internationalism. These pillars guide its long-term planning and serve as a compass for daily interactions with its pupils and their respective families. “We have designed our programme to provide the highest level of international education,” says the school’s director, Dr Vivian Papafakli-Strouza, “while allowing our pupils to develop their individual talents.”

Academic excellence is provided through the school’s combination of teaching programmes. At kindergarten and elementary level, MTIS uses the Montessori method to Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) standard; its secondary school uses the Cambridge Programme in combination with the Hessen State Curriculum; while the university preparatory school uses the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme and High School Diploma. “We have chosen the very best collection of curricula for each stage of a pupil’s development to optimise their potential from start to finish,” says Dr Papafakli-Strouza.

“Innovation for Passions” is a timetabling concept and culture that concentrates on the talents and passions of its pupils. It uses supplemental training from top professionals and flexible scheduling to allow students to pursue their passions in sports, music, visual arts, performing arts and chess. Alongside these measures are various innovative after-school programmes that aim to enhance the learning experience and add value for the school’s families. “To get into a top university, students need a rounded personality,” says Dr Papafakli-Strouza. “It’s very important that the children love coming to school.”



An emphasis on service makes MTIS a one-stop shop for an active and ambitious family. The school’s care programmes have families covered from start to finish: involving transportation, extended pickup and drop-off times, high-level training for extracurricular activities, top-quality instruction, modern after-school clubs, balanced nutrition, variable accreditations and qualifications, along with a lifetime of language and cultural immersion within the naturally beautiful confines of the Taunus.

Finally, internationalism is paramount to the vision of MTIS, with pupils introduced to other cultures, ideas, and languages. Through an international education, children come to appreciate other cultures, understand the differences and similarities between them and become keen to work together for a better future.