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Alexander von Humboldt German International School

216, rue Victoria, Baie-D'Urfé, Montreal, Quebec, H9X 2H9

Grades (Gender):
Preschool to Gr. 12 (Coed)
$7,150 to 10,400/year
Main Language:
Avg. Class Size:
Day: 300 (Gr. PS - 12)

School Address
216, rue Victoria, Baie-D'Urfé, Montreal, Quebec, H9X 2H9

About this school:


AvH is a multilingual - German, French and English - private, co-educational school serving students from preschool to grade 12. Since our foundation in 1980, we have dedicated ourselves to give the gift of additional languages to our students along with a sound, internationally recognized academic foundation. Our principal areas of academic focus are languages, math and sciences. We invite you to explore our distinctive multilingual, multicultural approach to teaching and learning. — Visit school website



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Our Take: Alexander von Humboldt German International School

our takeThe program at Alexander von Humboldt is unique in Canada, principally because it admits students for whom either English, French, or German is the language spoken at home. Students need to use those languages not just to interact with the coursework, but also to make themselves understood to their peers, something which creates a particularly rich academic environment. Students arrive speaking different languages, with different life experiences, yet all share the experience of difference, and are faced each day with the social and linguistic challenges of making themselves understood to others. While they learn languages, they also have a more authentic experience of language than students have in the more typical immersion programs found in Canada. Likewise, the atmosphere is particularly conducive to the development social competencies, including empathy and cooperation, as well as an authentic global perspective through which the core curriculum is taught. The ideal student is one able to thrive in a challenging, diverse academic and social environment.

Principal's Message


Thomas Linse, Principal

On February 1, 2013 I officially assumed the position of principal at the Alexander von Humboldt German International School. I had already arrived in Montreal prior to the Christmas holidays, therefore I could not only enjoy the first days of winter but was also given a chance to settle into life at AvH step by step. Thanks to the warm welcome that our school extends to newcomers, and not only to new principals, the transition was an easy one for me. For this I would like to thank the entire school community very much.

I look forward to working with our students - some of whom I will teach in the subjects of French and Geography - working with our teachers and staff, parents, the board of directors and with all who have ties with this great school.

Thomas Linse


Curriculum Traditional

Primary Curriculum: Traditional

If you want to learn more about Quebec education, check out our comprehensive guide.

What AvH says: Our challenging program adheres to both German and Quebec curricular requirements. The curriculum of every German school abroad offering the "German International Abitur' (DIAP) is that of the German state of Thuringia. The subjects "Geography of Quebec and Canada", "History of Quebec and Canada" and "Politics & Economics" reflect the syllabus of the Province of Quebec.

  • Approach:

  • Pedagogies and subject courses:

  • Mathematics Traditional Math

      Traditional Math typically teaches a method or algorithm FIRST, and THEN teaches the applications for the method. Traditional algorithms are emphasized and practiced regularly: repetition and drills are frequently used to ensure foundational mastery in the underlying mathematical procedures. The traditional approach to math views math education as akin to building a logical edifice: each brick depends on the support of the previously laid ones, which represent mastery over a particular procedure or method. Traditional Math begins by giving students a tool, and then challenges students to practice using that tool an applied way, with progressively challenging problems. In this sense Traditional Math aims to establish procedural understanding before conceptual and applied understanding.
      Learn about the different mathematics approaches  

    • What AvH says: This information is not currently available.

    • Textbooks and supplementary materials: This information is not currently available.

    • Calculator policy: This information is not currently available.

    Early Reading
    • What AvH says: This information is not currently available.

    • DIBELS Testing: This school does not use DIBELS testing to assess reading progress.

    • What AvH says: This information is not currently available.

    • What AvH says: This information is not currently available.

    • Teaching approach: This information is not currently available.

    • Topics covered in curriculum:

      Subject = offered
    • Treatment of evolution:

      Evolution as consensus theory
      Evolution as one of many equally viable theories
      Evolution is not taught

    • What AvH says: This information is not currently available.

    Social Studies
    • What AvH says: This information is not currently available.

    Humanities and Social Sciences
    • What AvH says: This information is not currently available.

    Foreign Languages Equal Balance

      These programs feature an equal blend of the audio-lingual and communicative styles of language instruction.
      Learn about the different foreign languages approaches  

    • What AvH says: This information is not currently available.

    • Studying a foreign language is required until:   12
    • Languages Offered: • French • German • Spanish

    Fine Arts
    • Program offers:

      Subject = offered
      Graphic Design
      Visual Arts
    • What AvH says: This information is not currently available.

    Computers and Technology Heavy integration

      A major effort is made to integrate the development of digital literacy throughout the curriculum and in everything students do. Digital literacy is understood to be a fundamental skill in the 21st century: it therefore follows, the idea goes, that teachers should find ways to connect every lesson back to technology. Effort is made to ensure the use of technology is meaningful and advances students’ skills beyond what they would otherwise be from using computers outside the classroom.
      Learn about the different computers and technology approaches  

    • What AvH says: This information is not currently available.

    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Web design

    Physical Education
    • What AvH says: At AvH, we promote physical health through regular physical education classes. Our exceptional athletic facilities include two gyms, a soccer field, a running track and an outdoor multi-purpose court. In average 3 hours/week of sports classes are given per grade.

    IB Diploma Courses
    Group 1 (Language A)

      Group 2 (Language B)

        Group 3 (Individuals and Societies)

          Group 4 (Experimental Sciences)

            Group 5 (Mathematics)

              Group 6 (The Arts)

              Sex and Health Education Doesn’t follow Quebec curriculum
              Topics covered in sex and health education: This information is not currently available.

              What AvH says: This information is not currently available.

              Mostly value-neutral

              By and large, we teach sex education free of any particular moral or ethical standpoint. We try not to impose any particular values or value systems (such as social, political, or ideological values) on our students when teaching sex and related issues.

              Fairly value-based

              Sex education is sometimes taught from a particular moral or ethical standpoint. Sometimes particular values or value systems (such as social, political, or ideological values) are invoked when teaching sex and related issues.


              This includes a range of positions. A traditional approach might, for example, go as far as emphasizing the nuclear family and complete abstinence from sex before marriage. Alternatively, this approach might simply involve placing less emphasis on sex outside of the context of marriage and more emphasis on abstinence. Or finally, it might just involve focusing less on sex outside of the context of marriage.


              This might mean more emphasis is placed on the importance of such things as social equality, diversity, and choice in sex education.

              What AvH says: This information is not currently available.

              Preschool/K Curriculum Play-based

              • Play-based
              • Montessori
              • Waldorf
              • Reggio Emilia
              • Academic

              Play-based programs are the most common type of preschool and Kindergarten, and are founded on the belief young children learn best through play. Largely open-ended and minimally structured, play-based programs aim to develop social skills and a love of attending school. “Pre-academic” skills are taught, but in a more indirect way than at, say, an Academic program: through children playing in different “stations” set up around the classroom, which children choose on their own volition. Stations often contain an indirect lesson or developmental goal. Play-based classrooms are highly social and active.

              If you want to learn more about preschool education, check out our comprehensive guide. You can also read our in-depth answers to important preschool questions: What is preschool? What are the main preschool programs? What are the main pros and cons of preschool? What do children learn in preschool? How much does preschool cost?  What makes for a great preschool?

              What AvH says: Each child goes through developmental stages at his or her own pace. We take our time, gently guiding each child through these stages while fostering individual skills.

              Curriculum Pace Standard-enriched

              • Standard-enriched
              • Accelerated
              • Student-paced

              Broadly-speaking, the main curriculum -- like that of most schools -- paces the provincially-outlined one. This pace is steady and set by the teachers and school. The curriculum might still be enriched in various ways: covering topics more in-depth and with more vigor than the provincial one, or covering a broader selection of topics.

              Flexible pacing:

              Flexible pacing style = offered
              Subject-streaming (tracking)
              Multi-age classrooms as standard
              Ability-grouping (in-class) as common
              Frequent use of cyber-learning (at-their-own-pace)
              Regular guided independent study opportunities
              Differentiated assessment

              What AvH says about flexible pacing: This information is not currently available.

              Academic Culture Supportive

              • Rigorous
              • Supportive

              A school with a “supportive” academic culture focuses more on process than short-term outcomes: academic performance is a welcomed side-benefit, but not the driving focus. This does not mean the school lacks standards, or has low expectations for its students: a school can have a supportive academic culture and still light the fire of ambition in its students. It does mean, however, the school provides a less intensive culture than schools with a “rigorous” academic classification, and is focused more simply on instilling a love of learning and life-long curiosity.

              What AvH says: The elementary school s small and comfortable. The school size provides ideal conditions for personal development and encouragement of the individual child. A strong sense of community imparts a sense of security and the children enjoy learning. The secondary level curriculum complies with the requirements stipulated by the German "Kultusministerkonferenz" (KMK, The Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Länder in the Federal Republic of Germany). The individual talents and needs of students are taken into account whenever possible and where physical and staffing resources permit.

              Developmental Priorities Balanced, Intellectual

              Primary Developmental Priority: Balanced
              Equal attention is paid to a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social, and physical.

              Secondary Developmental Priority: Intellectual
              Academically strong, creative, and critical thinkers, capable of exercising rationality, apprehending truth, and making aesthetic distinctions.

              What AvH says: This information is not currently available.

              Special Needs Support No support

              No support

              AvH offers no/limited support for students with learning difficulties or special needs.

              • Academic Support:
                Support Type = offered
                Learning strategy and study counselling; habit formation
                Extra support and minor accommodations for children experiencing subclinical difficulties
              • Mild but clinically diagnosed ADHD
                Support Type = offered
                Extra support
              • Support for moderate-to-severe special needs:
                Special needs
                ADHD (moderate to severe)
                Learning disabilities
                Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability)
                Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)
                Language Processing Disorder
                Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD)
                Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit
                Asperger's Syndrome
                Down syndrome
                Intellectual disability
                Behavioral and Emotional
                Troubled behaviour / troubled teens
                Clinical Depression
                Suicidal thoughts
                Drug and alcohol abuse
                Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
                Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder)
                Cystic Fibrosis
                Multiple physical
              • Forms of support delivery:
                Support Type = offered
                A regular class with indirect support
                A regular class with resource assistance
                A regular class with withdrawal assistance
                A special education class with partial integration
                A full-time special education class
              • Additional Support:
                Support Type = offered
                Social skills programs
                Occupational therapy
                Speech-language therapy

              Gifted Learner Support No Support

              AvH does not offer any specialized programming for gifted learners.

              Gifted education: If you want to learn more about gifted education, check out our comprehensive guide. It’s the first of its kind: it covers different kinds of gifted schools and programs, and a whole host of issues parents face in finding the right option for their gifted child.

              Report Card Policy

              How assessments are delivered across the grades:

              Lettered or numbered grades1 to 12
              Academic achievement reportingPreschool to Preschool
              Habits and behaviour reportingPreschool to Preschool
              Parent-teacher meetingsK to 12

              Class Sizes Not available

              This information is not currently available.


              What AvH says:

              This information is not currently available.

              • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
                Ice Hockey
                Track & Field
              • Clubs Offered
                Environmental Club
                Foreign Language Club
                Musical theatre/Opera
                Outdoor Education
                School newspaper
                Student Council

              Tuition & Financial Aid


              What AvH says: Option 1 - payment in one installment on September 1 Option 2 - payment in two installments on September 1 and February 1 Option 3 - payment in ten installments, application form for monthly payments available at the school office. Registration fee of $200 payable with initial registration. Building Fund $1,900 payable on September 1 or $2,000 in two installments (September 1 and February 1)

              Need-based financial aid

              Grade range that need-based aid is offered: NS to 12
              Percentage of grade-eligible students receiving financial aid0%
              Average aid package size$0
              Percentage of total enrollment on financial aid0%
              Total aid available$0

              Application Deadline:
              N/A Repeats annually

              More information:

              Application Details:

              This school works with Apple Financial Inc. for processing financial applications
              The school is only able to grant a limited number of fee reductions. Applications must be submitted to Apple Financial Services which provides a confidential analysis of the familial and financial situation. The final decision lies with the school’s financial aid committee. All applications must be submitted by May 1st prior to the beginning of the school year for which you are applying. Since personal financial situations may vary from year to year, applications are made on an annual basis.

              Merit based Scholarships

              Rolf C. Hagen Stipendium
              Amount: 100%
              Deadline: N/A
              Eligibility Details: Students grade 10 to 12—

              Scholarship is given to student with exceptional achievements (excellent grades) and leading behaviour. The grades eligible are Grade 10 to 12. Sometimes it's split between two students. Two students received it this year, meaning that half their tuition is paid for for next school year. The decision is made by the teachers and headmaster; parents don’t apply for it. It exists over 10 years and is handed out by a longtime important donor of the school, Rolf. C. Hagen (from Hagen Inc.). He also donates the money for this scholarship.

              For more details, visit: www.avh.montreal.qc.ca/eng/anmeldung/gebuhren.html


              Total enrollment 300
              Average enrollment per grade19
              Average class size12
              Gender (grades)Preschool to Gr. 12 (Coed)
              Boarding offeredNo

              Student distribution: This information is not currently available.



              Admissions Assessments:

              Assessment = requiredGrades
              InterviewK - 12
              SSAT (out of province)
              Entrance Exam(s)
              Entrance Essay
              Entrance Essay
              Application Fee

              Application Deadlines:

              Day students:

              What AvH says:

              Families who are interested will be invited for a tour and an interview with the principal. Skype interviews can be arranged for all parents and students who do not live in the area. The purpose of the interview is to give a general idea about the school and provide an opportunity to ask questions. It is also important to get to know each other and prevent false expectations.


              Acceptance Rate:


              Type of student Alexander von Humboldt German International School is looking for: This information is not currently available.

              Student Entry Points

              Student TypePSK123456789101112
              Day Acceptance
              (Acceptance rate)
              5 - 10 (95%)5 - 10 (95%)000000000000

              University Placement

              Services = offered
              Career planning
              Mentorship Program
              University counseling
              Key Numbers
              Average graduating class size20
              *Canadian "Big 6" placements14
              **Ivy+ placements5

              *Number of students in 2015 who attended one of McGill, U of T, UBC, Queen's University, University of Alberta, or Dalhousie University.

              **Number of students since 2005 that attended one of Harvard, Yale, Princeton, University of Pennsylvania, Dartmouth, Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Stanford, University of Chicago, Oxford or Cambridge (UK)

              Schools our students are admitted to (last 4 years): Karslruhe University, Heidelberg University, University of Erlangen Nürnberg, London Business School, University of Perth, German University of Budapest

              What Alexander von Humboldt German International School says:

            • AvH is the only German school in Canada offering students the option of completing Grade 12 and earning the German International Abitur. This internationally recognized diploma enables students to apply to universities worldwide directly from high school.Since the introduction of the Abitur in 2009/10, excellent average results have been achieved, ranging between 1.8 and 2.2. Graduates have been accepted at universities in Canada (such as McGill, Concordia and Université de Montréal) in Germany (Karslruhe University, Heidelberg University, University of Erlangen Nürnberg), in England (London Business School), in Australia (University of Perth), in Hungary (German University of Budapest) etc.

            • Stories & Testimonials


              Graduating from AvH in 1998!

              Since graduating from AvH in 1998, I've gone on to pursue my higher education degrees in the States. Most recently, I earned a doctorate in philosophy at Stony Brook University in New York. I currently work as a philosophy professor at Elon University in North Carolina. I live with my long-time partner Adam Rosenfeld (also a philosophy professor) and our cat Spooky (not a philosopher) in Greensboro, North Carolina, which is located just east of the Appalachian Mountains. I am very grateful for having been educated at AvH. Knowing German comes in handy when I need to read German philosophers like Immanuel Kant, who are difficult enough to understand in their native language, let alone in English translation!


              AvH Inaugurates its Outdoors Sports Facility

              AvH Inaugurates its Outdoors Sports Facility

              On Friday, September 20, 2013 AvH German International School celebrated the beginning of the new school year with a BBQ for all students, family and friends of the school. Delicious food was served; potato salad and bread generously donated by Dagwood’s, as well as authentic German sausages and pretzels from a local bakery. Several parents had baked mouth-watering cakes. It was the last day of summer and we could not have asked for better weather.

              At the centre of the event was the inauguration of the new outdoors sports facility, funded in part by the Federal Republic of Germany and the Friends of the German School. The new facility now completes the school’s sports and recess program; it features a play area with a new swing set, a multi-purpose court with basketball hoops, continental handball goals, equipped for small ball games, a four-lane racing track with a long jump pit and an improved junior size natural turf soccer field.

              The ceremony started off with a few words by Alex Habrich, President of the AvH Board of Directors, followed by Principal Thomas Linse and the deputy consul general of the German Consulate General in Montreal, Barbara de Tschaschell. Dr. Jörg Klinkert, the former Principal of the school and Katharina Oetjen a long-time volunteer and board member, cut the ribbon to officially open the new facility. Parents and students, friends and family, young and old participated in fun and entertaining activities organized by the AvH sports teachers. There was a parachute game for the little ones, a relay race and a basketball competition.  As a special highlight, the school had the honour of welcoming great junior athletes from the West Island Track and Field Club. Together with their coach Paul Charron they demonstrated what they do best: hurdles and sprints. What a fitting way to show off our brand new running track!  

              Glorious weather, good food and lots of laughter created perfect conditions for a wonderful event.


              From Kindergarten to Grade 11

              The Alexander von Humboldt German school is where I learned how to learn. Being a young immigrant of Palestinian, Egyptian and Lebanese heritage, I joined my kindergarten class speaking no German. In fact, I didn’t even know what or where Germany was. Yet, my mother displayed incredible foresight in enrolling my sister and me at AvH. We were receiving a global education; we were training for the world, she would explain to many who could not fathom why we studied at a German school – in Montreal, of all places. From kindergarten to grade 11, I thus absorbed not only a world-class, multi-lingual education, but also developed crucial skills, including a desire and ability to think critically as well as globally, which have spurred my intellectual passions and professional choices ever since. Since leaving AvH, I have had the fortune of building on this intellectual foundation. Since no Abitur program existed at the time, I decided to forgo CEGEP and attended Lower Canada College’s grade 12 Pre-University programme. Passionate about international politics, I moved to Washington, DC, to complete my undergraduate degree at the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. During my undergraduate course, I also had the chance to study for a year at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) in the United Kingdom. Upon graduating from Georgetown, I was awarded a Marshall Scholarship by the British government to continue my graduate studies at the University of Oxford, where I am today. Having completed a Master’s of Science (MSc) degree in Forced Migration at the University's Refugee Studies Centre, I conducted policy work for the United Nations in the Occupied Palestinian Territories before returning to Oxford this past fall to pursue a PhD in International Relations. Over the next few years, I will concurrently pursue a law degree at the Georgetown University Law Centre. Though I am not sure where I am headed following my studies, it is clear that AvH has played an integral role in sparking my intellectual curiosity. For that alone, I owe the school, my teachers and my schoolmates a debt of gratitude. ...

              In the News


              May 2, 2017 - AvH Debaters Finish Third in Province at National Championship

              Making this achievement all the more impressive: this is their first year debating. ...

              May 25, 2015 - The Student Council at AvH

              The SMV (Schueler Mit Verantwortung) is a council organized by students that represent all the students of AvH ...

              August 28, 2014 - Germany Women's National Under-20 Football Team at AvH

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