AFNorth International School
AFNorth International School is a full-day preK-12th grade school located just outside the base at Brunssum, NL. Students moving on from the 6th grade at Geilenkirchen Elementary School continue to AFNorth for the junior high and high school grades.
German Schools (Gruenschule = Elementary age)
As is true for schools in the United States, you will find local schools in Germany that are wonderful and others that are not to your expectations. It will depend on the school, the principal, and the teachers as well as your child and how well they’ll adapt to a drastically different situation. Go to the school in your area for more information and ask questions as you would in any new school situation. Since English is taught in German school, your chances of finding an English speaking administrator to talk to are very good.
There is a very active homeschooling community here that organizes classes and field trips together. If you homeschool, you won’t have a difficult time finding other students and parents to connect with and share ideas.
The bases at GK, JFC Brunssum, and Schinnen all have Child Development Center day care programs for ages 6 weeks to 5 years old. Full time and drop in care is available including after school care for children ages 5 – 12. Space is limited, goes quickly and there is almost always a waiting list, so if you are moving to the area, it is recommended to call ahead and let them know you’re coming. Priority is given to single military, dual military, military with working spouse, civilian with working spouse, military with non-working spouse. The GK CDC is open to all nationalities. For more information, contact the CDC itself.