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FAQs

Below you will find the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions. If you have questions that are not addressed here, please feel free to contact us at avh@avh.montreal.qc.ca or 514-457-2886.


General

How will my child who is not from Germany integrate at AvH?

AvH was founded in 1980 with the goal of providing a multilingual learning environment while satisfying both German as well as Quebec education requirements. With about 300 students from preschool through Grade 12 the atmosphere is warm, familiar and nurturing. With students from dozens of nationalities, flexibility and tolerance are a natural part of daily life at AvH.

Does my child have to speak German in order to attend?

That depends on the grade to which they are applying. No knowledge of the German language is required for children in Preschool and Kindergarten. Students for Grades 1 and 2 would profit from a basic understanding of German. Applicants entering grades 3 – 6 who have little to no German language skills may be eligible for our "Immersion Class”, an accelerated language program for strong candidates. Applicants to our High School (Grade 7 and up) must be fluent and literate in German.

Where do the teachers come from?

We have over 35 teachers at the school from a variety of backgrounds. Eight of our teachers are sent by the German Government for a teaching period of 3 to 8 years; upon completion of which they return to their home district in Germany and resume their previous teaching duties. The rest of our teachers are hired locally with the majority coming from Germany and having settled in the Montreal area.

Does AvH offer a bus service?

No, the school does not offer a bus service. However, some families have arranged carpooling, especially those coming from further away such as Hudson, Saint-Lazare, NDG or Westmount. Options for commuting to AvH.

Is there a dress code?

Yes, school clothes are mandatory starting in Entry Level (Kindergarten/5-year-olds). Students must wear tops selected from the official AvH collection which are offered by the supplier Loft Uniforms.
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Does the school have a library?

The school’s library is a resource center for the school and general public. It offers a wide spectrum of reading and multi-media material for educational and leisure purposes. Most items are in German, but a selection of English and French works is also offered. All grades have a weekly library period where assistance is available for students to find suitable material for reading and research. Learn more

Is there a school cafeteria?

Yes, there is a cafeteria which is open to students in elementary and secondary school. Children in preschool and Kindergarten are asked to bring a lunch. Occasionally, the children will go to the cafeteria.
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Does AvH offer supervision programs?

Children can be dropped off between 7:30 and 8:10 a.m. This service is free of charge. Students from preschool to grade 6 may attend the afternoon supervision program until 6 p.m. for a fee. However, children who wait to be picked up with an older sibling finishing regular classes either 2:10 p.m. or 3 p.m. will be looked after free of charge.

How can parents get involved at AvH?

Parents play an important role at AvH. Learn more

Where do AvH graduates study?

Our students graduate with a dual degree which consists of the High School Diploma (Grade 11) and the German International Abitur in Grade 12 (DIA). With these, our students are well-equipped to attend any prestigious university worldwide and to follow a promising and international career path. Our graduates have been accepted by a range of renowned universities, to name just a few:

McGill University, Canada
Concordia, Canada
Université de Montréal, Canada
Georgetown University, USA
Heidelberg University, Germany
Freiburg University, Germany
Karlsruhe University, Germany
Erlangen Nürnberg University, Germany
London Business School, England
Oxford University, England
University of Perth, Australia
German University of Budapest, Hungary


Curriculum

What languages are taught at AvH?

While German is the primary language of instruction, English and French are prominent throughout the entire school time. From Grade 5 on, English is taught on a native-level proficiency level. Depending on the French language skills, the child might be placed in our mother tongue or second language teaching classes from Grade 1 to 11. For students arriving from Germany, special language integration program is offered in English and French.

What diplomas do students receive upon graduation?

- Quebec High School leaving certificate at the end of Grade 11

- German proficiency certificate (Deutsches Sprachdiplom) at the end of Grade 11

- German International baccalaureate DIA at the end of Grade 12

Do students have access to computers?

In elementary, students use tablets which are provided by the school. As of Grade 5, students work with laptops. In Grade 6, students have two weekly periods of IT class and receive a school email account which is associated with the platform O365. Students of Grade 9 and up bring their own device. There are no restrictions on brand/windows criteria. Smartboards can be found in most classrooms and are an integral part of the school classes. For more information, please contact our IT Coordinator Mr. Tobias Grygier (grygier@avh.montreal.qc.ca). 

Does the school offer homework supervision?

Yes, the school does offer homework supervision for students from Grade 1 to 6.

What sort of extracurricular activities does the school offer?

Co-curricular and extra-curricular activities are more than a diversion at AvH; they are an integral part of the school experience where learning isn’t confined to the classroom. In recent years, we have offered a wide array of after-school activities such as soccer and Volleyball (also in school teams), karate, Spanish, pottery, robotics, computer programming, cooking, debating, music and drama, just to name a few. Learn more

What class trips are organized?

Field trips provide opportunities for students to learn more about a specific subject covered in class, i.e. visit to a theatre play, musical presentation, museum etc. Other excursions have a team-building and character-developing dimension. All serve, at some level, to develop in the students a deeper understanding about themselves, their role in society, and the world we live in. In High School, each grade may go on up to three half- or full-day excursions per school year (e.g. museum, Goethe Institute, theatre, hiking and similar activities) as well as on different field trips (e.g. Grade 8 visits Germany for 10 days).

 

Admissions

What is the minimum age for admission to preschool?

Children are accepted as of 3 years in preschool (by September 30). The program runs from Monday to Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 3 p.m. Supervision until 6 p.m. is possible. AvH also offers a special program called Mini-K for 2 ½ to 3-year-olds. They do not need to be toilet trained. Learn more

Is there a deadline for applications at AvH?

AvH accepts students throughout the year if space is available. However, our main registration period runs from January until March 31 of each year.

Are applicants required to take an entrance exam?

No, there are no entrance exams. AvH will evaluate and place each student based on an individual student’s needs and previous school history. This can be done during a "Schnuppertag” (trial day) or via Skype if a visit is not possible. We also request copies of the previous two years of report cards when applicable.

Is financial aid available?

Yes, financial aid is available and is based on the familial and financial situation. Learn more

Are the school fees tax-deductible?

Yes, a childcare expense receipt (RL-24) is issued for the fees for Preschool (including Mini-K), Kindergarten and the afternoon supervision program.



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