I. E. Lichtigfeld School: tradition and renown from elementary to grammar school

I. E. Lichtigfeld School was founded in 1966, far from the public eye and for just a handful of pupils. It now teaches pupils from elementary school right up to university entry.

2021: First A-level graduates since 82 years. Photo: Rafael Herlich The I. E. Lichtigfeld School is a state-recognised full-day school. Renowned well beyond the city of Frankfurt, it often prompts parents of other religions to try and obtain a place for their children as well, even though the Jewish religion with its holidays and traditions is a focal point of school life, and Ivrit lessons are mandatory for all children.

The E1 and E2 reception class (years 0 and 1) is held in Savignystraße in Frankfurt Westend. Children tend to start school at about 5 ½ years of age, celebrating their first day with a classic ‘Zuckertüte’, a big, colourful cone full of goodies that’s traditional for German kids on their first day of school.

For year 2, the children relocate to the historic yet contemporary Philanthropin building in Hebelstraße, in the Nordend neighbourhood of Frankfurt. Their supervisors accompany the transition and try to make it as enjoyable as possible to help the kids feel at home in their new environment.

After elementary school, children move up to the eight-year grammar school. As the education provider, the Jewish Community and school director were able to set up classes for students seeking to enter university, so kids can now remain at I. E. Lichtigfeld School right through to their university entrance exams.

It is worth noting that:

  • Even our students preparing for university benefit from full-day tuition and supervision
  • Classes are small, as a rule with just 22 students on average
  • Mathematics is a mandatory component at A-level, and we support it with an extra hour of instruction

The I. E. Lichtigfeld School nurtures and challenges students according to their personal abilities and talents. The more gifted among them are just as well looked after as those who find learning more difficult. For more about the school, its curriculum and school life more generally, go to

Contact and registration

To register your child for elementary school with reception class, please speak to the secretarial office at Westendstraße 45-47, telephone: 069 / 76 80 36-550. The office is open daily from 9.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m.
For grammar school registrations, please contact the secretarial office at Hebelstraße 15-19, telephone: 069 / 42 72 89-800. The office is open daily from 9.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m.


Cooked lunch, fun and games, and homework

Afternoons are the time for yoga, crafting, games, homework or simply letting off steam

EmunaScheli Kinderbildung Kinderglück When school is over, kids can enjoy the care of EmunaScheli, which looks after them in the afternoons and offers extra lessons at the I. E. Lichtigfeld School in the Philanthropin. The organisation takes its name from the Hebrew for ‘my faith’.

The Emuna team is available from 7.30 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. and offers full-day care and learning for students of years 2 to 9. In the mornings they offer break-time supervision, act as class assistants, and offer special lessons and a chance for parents and teachers to talk. When lessons are over, pupils have lunch in the canteen with the Emuna staff before settling down to do their homework. Depending on their needs, they may also like to have a break and go out to play in the school playground before and after. For children who have done their homework but are not joining any of the working groups or other activities, recreational supervision is available.

Private study times for older students preparing for university depend on their respective timetables. Supervision by the Emuna team ends after the evening snack, at 6.30 p.m., or at 3.00 p.m. on Fridays.

In the school holidays, children can benefit from the Holiday Club for at least nine weeks every school year. Every pupil of the I. E. Lichtigfeld School is entitled to a place.

To find out more about EmunaScheli, go to

Late supervision times up to 6.30 p.m.

EmunaScheli also offers supervision until later in the day, which so far remains free of charge. All children receiving normal afternoon supervision are entitled to stay on until 6.30 p.m. if they wish. Please notify the EmunaScheli team beforehand on telephone: 069 / 4 27 28 98 70.


Director: Rachel Jovic

Phone 069 / 4 27 28 98 72 oder 0172 / 3 87 15 62


I. E. Lichtigfeld-Schule im Philanthropin
Hebelstraße 15-19
60318 Frankfurt am Main

 069 / 76 80 36-550
 069 / 42 72 89-800


Emuna Scheli e.V.

Die pädagogische Schülerbetreuung an der I. E. Lichtigfeld-Schule

 069 768036450