Student Information

2017-2018

High School Dorm Students

Back to School
Arrival/Departure
Items to Bring
Health
Athletics
Arts

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Orientation Day
Tuesday August 29th, 2017 | 9:00am – 4:00pm
For all new students and their parents.

Parent/Teacher Fellowship
Tuesday August 29th, 2017 | 7:30pm
All parents of High School students are invited to the parent/teacher fellowship on the Kandern campus.

Opening Ceremony
Wednesday August 30th, 2017 | 9:00am – 10:00am
Parents are invited to Black Forest Academy’s Opening Ceremony.
School classes start immediately following the Opening Ceremony.

HS Student Handbook and ResLife Parent Handbook
Please review the the HS Student Handbook and the ResLife Parent Handbook before the start on the school year.
HS Student Handbook
ResLife Parent Handbook

School Calendar
For a list of important school dates, check-out the online calendar.
School Calendar

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Arrival & Departure Requirements

Submitting Travel Plans
Parents are responsible for making all travel arrangements for their children. Travel plans for dorm students must be submitted to BFA Residence Life by August 1st, 2017. These detailed plans must include all schedule information for each step of the student’s journey. For more details regarding travel information and expectations, please review the ResLife Parent Handbook and the school calendar.
ResLife Parent Handbook
School Calendar
Submit Travel Plans: [email protected]

Remember that failure to submit travel plans by the travel plan deadline will result in your student’s account being assessed a 50€ fine.
Housing will not be provided for students arriving prior to the dorm opening dates listed below and on the school calendar. If a student will not be able to arrive on the dorm opening date, please contact the Residence Life Department.
Contact ResLife: [email protected]

  • Travel Plan Deadline: Tuesday, August 1st, 2017
  • Dorm Opening for New Students: Monday, August 28th, 2017
  • Dorm Opening for Returning Students: Tuesday, August 29th, 2017
  • Travel Plan to Residence Life Deadline: Friday, November 24th, 2017
  • Dorm Closing: Saturday, December 16th, 2017
  • Dorm Opening: Sunday, January 7th, 2018
  • Travel Plan to Residence Life Deadline: Friday, March 2nd, 2018
  • Dorm Closing: Friday, March 23rd, 2018
  • Dorm Opening: Sunday, April 8th, 2018
  • Travel Plan to Residence Life Deadline: Friday, May 25th, 2018
  • Dorm Closing: Sunday, June 17th, 2018

Dorm & Room Assignment
Dorm & room assignments are finalized in late summer. Students and parents will be notified individually once their placement in a dorm is finalized.

Student Pickup and Dropoff
BFA will provide transportation to/from the following transportation hubs on the designated dorm opening and closing days:

Parent Housing
Parents and family visiting BFA are responsible for their housing during their stay. For more information on the accommodations available in the region, to complete a housing form, check out the Visiting BFA webpage.
Visiting BFA

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Items to Bring

Packing List
Students are to arrive at BFA with no more than 3 airplane bags, as storage within the dorms is limited. All clothing must be labeled with the student’s name. Please ensure that all clothing items conform to BFA’s dress code. For additional information regarding the dress code and other packing policies, please reference the HS Student Handbook.
HS Student Handbook
Download the Packing List

Computer Requirements
For academic purposes, students are required to bring their own computing device. The device, either a personal computer or a tablet device, must be capable of internet access via WIFI, and must be able to run and effectively operate a word processing software (e.g. Microsoft Word, Google Docs, Mac’s Pages, etc). WIFI is provided in the public areas of each dorm. For details regarding proper use of electronic devices while at BFA, review the HS Student Handbook.
HS Student Handbook

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Health

Important Forms
Follow the links below to download forms and submit them via email to the Nurses’ Office. The Medical Care and Emergency Treatment Consent Form will be automatically submitted upon completion of the Google form linked to below.
All medical forms are DUE by August 1st, 2017.

Medical Care and Emergency Treatment Consent Form
Parents must complete this form annually for each child enrolled at BFA. If more than one child is enrolled at BFA, a separate form must be completed for each child – DUE by August 1st, 2017.
Submit Google Form

Authorization for Medication
The Authorization for Medication form must be completed by a physician or nurse practitioner for each medication your child will be bringing to BFA. This includes prescription and over-the-counter medications – DUE by August 1st, 2017.
Download Form
Email Completed Forms: [email protected]

Vaccination Consent
Download Form
Email Completed Forms: [email protected]

Physicals
All new students must submit a two page History and Physical Evaluation form during the application process.  A physician or nurse practitioner must complete the form at the link below.  This same physical can be used for Athletics if your child wants to compete in a Sport for 8th-12th grades. All sport physicals must be completed annually and at least 2 weeks before the beginning of each sport season. – DUE by August 1st, 2017.

All new and returning athletes 8th-12th grade must complete a two page History and Physical Evaluation form annually or at least 2 weeks before the beginning of each sport season.  A physician or nurse practitioner must complete the form at the link below. Students will not be allowed to participate in or tryout for a sport unless they have a current physical on file.  Fall sports (Volleyball & Cross Country) DUE by August 1st, 2017.

Download Form
Email Completed Forms: [email protected]

Orthodontic Care
If your child will need orthodontic care, please send any inquiries directly to Nurses’ Office, and you will receive a reply as soon as possible.
Contact the Nurses’ Office: [email protected]

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Athletics

At Black Forest Academy athletics are an integral part of the overall educational program. As part of BFA’s commitment to providing student-athletes with an outstanding athletic program, the school partners with and participates in the United States Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) athletic programs and the Swiss Group of International Schools (SGIS). The following co-curricular sports will be offered during the 2017-2018 school year:

  • Fall Season – boys’ and girls’ volleyball, boys’ and girls’ cross country
  • Winter Season – boys’ and girls’ basketball
  • Spring Season – boys’ and girls’ soccer, boys’ and girls’ track & field

Participation
All 9th-12th grade students are encouraged to play at least one interscholastic sport–and in fact, about sixty percent of the students do. Black Forest Academy students often play sports while maintaining a challenging academic schedule and participating in other co-curricular activities. If your child is considering participating in a sport, please complete the form below, so the athletic department can keep you and your child informed over the summer and throughout the school year.
Submit Google Form

Fall Practice
Practices will be held for fall sports beginning on the first day of school. Students are encouraged to attend the first day of practice, even if they are unsure of their long-term commitment. Students will not be allowed to participate in or tryout for a sport unless they have a physical on file that is less than one year old.

Fees
Students wishing to participate must pay a fee for each sport. The fee is necessary as extensive travel is required because of the locations and distances of the schools in the region (Western Europe). Contact BFA’s Athletic Director with any additional questions.
Contact Athletics: [email protected]

Annual Athletics Physicals
All new and returning student athletes must complete a physical annually prior to their arrival at BFA each fall. A physician or nurse practitioner must complete the form linked to below sometime between June 1st and August 1st. (A physical taking place before or after these dates could result in missing all or part of an athletic season.) Students will not be allowed to participate in or tryout for a sport unless they have a physical on file that is less than one year old.
Download Form

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Performing Arts

The Performing Arts at BFA encompasses the musical and theatrical arts. Students can participate in classes, private lessons and after-school activities.

Performing Arts High School Class Options

  • Band
  • Strings Orchestra
  • Choir
  • Beginning Guitar
  • Class Piano
  • Music Appreciation
  • Introduction to Acting
  • Introduction Theory
  • High School Play

Private Music Lessons
All students interested in private lessons for the 2017-2018 school year should fill out the Google Form below:
Submit Google Form

From there you will be contacted by a private lesson teacher and make arrangements for an interview during the first week of school.

Theater/Drama Activities

  • High School Play/Musical – Students will be auditioning for the High School Play/Musical in November
  • One Act Play Festival – Spring Semester

Instrument Rentals
BFA is able to arrange instrument rentals for students. For more details regarding the rental program and instrument availability, contact the Music Department Chair – Ryan Zwemke.
Contact Music Department: [email protected]

Dress Code
All band and orchestra participants will need the following clothing to participate in ensemble performances:

  • Men – A white dress shirt, black dress pants, black shoes and socks.
  • Women – A white blouse, a black skirt at least mid-calf length or dressy black slacks, black shoes, and black tights.
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High School Day Students

Back to School
Basel Bus
School Supplies
Health
Athletics
Arts

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Orientation Day
Tuesday August 29th, 2017 | 9:00am – 4:00pm
For all new students and their parents.

Parent/Teacher Fellowship
Tuesday August 29th, 2017 | 7:30pm
All parents of High School students are invited to the parent/teacher fellowship on the Kandern campus.

Opening Ceremony
Wednesday August 30th, 2017 | 9:00am – 10:00am
Parents are invited to Black Forest Academy’s Opening Ceremony.
School classes start immediately following the Opening Ceremony.

HS Student Handbook
Please make sure to review the HS Student Handbook before the start of the school year.
HS Student Handbook

School Calendar
For a list of important school dates, check-out the online calendar.
School Calendar

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Basel Bus Schedule

Final bus schedules will be distributed before the start of the fall semester.

Morning
Black Forest Academy offers morning bus service from the Basel, Badischer Bahnhof in Switzerland to the campus in Kandern, Germany. The exact bus schedule will be distributed before the beginning of the fall semester.

Afternoon/Evening
Black Forest Academy offers evening bus service from the campus in Kandern, Germany to the Basel, Badischer Bahnhof in Switzerland. The exact bus schedule will be distributed before the beginning of the fall semester.

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School Supplies

Supply List
An introductory supply list is available to download below. A more substantial list will be provided by teachers during the first week of school.
Download the Supply List

Computer Requirements
For academic purposes, students are required to have access to a personal computing device. The device, either a personal/family computer or a tablet device, must be capable of internet access, and must be able to run and effectively operate word processing software (e.g. Microsoft Word, Google Docs, Mac’s Pages, etc).

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Health

Important Forms
Follow the links below to download forms and submit them via email to the Nurses’ Office. The Medical Care and Emergency Treatment Consent Form will be automatically submitted upon completion of the Google form linked to below.
All medical forms are DUE by August 1st, 2017.

Medical Care and Emergency Treatment Consent Form
Parents must complete this form annually for each child enrolled at BFA. If more than one child is enrolled at BFA, a separate form must be completed for each child – DUE by August 1st, 2017.
Submit Google Form

Authorization for Medication
The Authorization for Medication form must be completed by a physician or nurse practitioner for each medication your child will be bringing to BFA. This includes prescription and over-the-counter medications – DUE by August 1st, 2017.
Download Form
Email Completed Forms: [email protected]

Vaccination Consent
Download Form
Email Completed Forms: [email protected]

Physicals
All new students must submit a two page History and Physical Evaluation form during the application process.  A physician or nurse practitioner must complete the form at the link below.  This same physical can be used for Athletics if your child wants to compete in a Sport for 8th-12th grades. All sport physicals must be completed annually and at least 2 weeks before the beginning of each sport season. – DUE by August 1st, 2017.

All new and returning athletes 8th-12th grade must complete a two page History and Physical Evaluation form annually or at least 2 weeks before the beginning of each sport season.  A physician or nurse practitioner must complete the form at the link below. Students will not be allowed to participate in or tryout for a sport unless they have a current physical on file.  Fall sports (Volleyball & Cross Country) DUE by August 1st, 2017.

Download Form
Email Completed Forms: [email protected]

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Athletics

At Black Forest Academy athletics are an integral part of the overall educational program. As part of BFA’s commitment to providing student-athletes with an outstanding athletic program, the school partners with and participates in the United States Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) athletic programs and the Swiss Group of International Schools (SGIS). The following co-curricular sports will be offered during the 2017-2018 school year:

  • Fall Season – boys’ and girls’ volleyball, boys’ and girls’ cross country
  • Winter Season – boys’ and girls’ basketball
  • Spring Season – boys’ and girls’ soccer, boys’ and girls’ track & field

Participation
All 9th-12th grade students are encouraged to play at least one interscholastic sport–and in fact, about sixty percent of the students do. Black Forest Academy students often play sports while maintaining a challenging academic schedule and participating in other co-curricular activities. If your child is considering participating in a sport, please complete the form below, so the athletic department can keep you and your child informed over the summer and throughout the school year.
Submit Google Form

Fall Practice
Practices will be held for fall sports beginning on the first day of school. Students are encouraged to attend the first day of practice, even if they are unsure of their long-term commitment. Students will not be allowed to participate in or tryout for a sport unless they have a physical on file that is less than one year old.

Fees
Students wishing to participate must pay a fee for each sport. The fee is necessary as extensive travel is required because of the locations and distances of the schools in the region (Western Europe). Contact BFA’s Athletic Director with any additional questions.
Contact Athletics: [email protected]

Annual Athletics Physicals
All new and returning student athletes must complete a physical annually prior to their arrival at BFA each fall. A physician or nurse practitioner must complete the form below sometime between June 1st and August 1st. (a physical taking place before or after these dates could result in missing all or part of an athletic season). A student will not be allowed to participate in or tryout for a sport unless they have a physical on file that is less than one year old.
Download Form

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Performing Arts

The Performing Arts at BFA encompasses the musical and theatrical arts. Students can participate in classes, private lessons and after-school activities.

Performing Arts High School Class Options

  • Band
  • Strings Orchestra
  • Choir
  • Beginning Guitar
  • Class Piano
  • Music Appreciation
  • Introduction to Acting
  • Introduction Theory
  • High School Play

Private Music Lessons
All students interested in private lessons for the 2017-2018 school year should fill out the Google Form below:
Submit Google Form

From there you will be contacted by a private lesson teacher and make arrangements for an interview during the first week of school.

Theater/Drama Activities

  • High School Play/Musical – Students will be auditioning for the High School Play/Musical in November
  • One Act Play Festival – Spring Semester

Instrument Rentals
BFA is able to arrange instrument rentals for students. For more details regarding the rental program and instrument availability, contact the Music Department Chair – Ryan Zwemke.
Contact Music Department: [email protected]

Dress Code
All band and orchestra participants will need the following clothing to participate in ensemble performances:

  • Men – A white dress shirt, black dress pants, black shoes and socks.
  • Women – A white blouse, a black skirt at least mid-calf length or dressy black slacks, black shoes, and black tights.
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Middle School Students

Back to School
Bus Service
School Supplies
Activities
Health

Back to School

Orientation Day
Tuesday August 29th, 2017 | 9:00am – 4:00pm
For all new students and their parents.
Black Forest Academy – Kandern Campus Auditorium

Opening Ceremony
Wednesday August 30th, 2017 | 9:00am – 10:00am
Parents are invited to Black Forest Academy’s Opening Ceremony.
School classes start immediately following the Opening Ceremony.

MS Student Handbook
Please review the MS Student Handbook before the start of the school year.
MS Student Handbook

School Calendar
For a list of important school dates, check-out the online calendar.
School Calendar

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Bus Service

Final bus schedules will be distributed before the start of the fall semester.

Morning
Black Forest Academy offers morning bus service from the Basel, Badischer Bahnhof in Switzerland to the campus in Kandern, Germany. The exact bus schedule will be distributed before the beginning of the fall semester.

Afternoon/Evening
Black Forest Academy offers evening bus service from the campus in Kandern, Germany to the Basel, Badischer Bahnhof in Switzerland. The exact bus schedule will be distributed before the beginning of the fall semester.

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School Supplies

Supply List
A downloadable list of required school supplies can be found below. Please note that most school supplies must be purchased in Germany, as the Middle School conforms to German paper and stationery standards.
Download the Middle School Supply List

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Middle School Co-Curricular Activities

Chrysalis
Thursdays | 19:30-21:00
All students in grades 6-8 are encouraged to participate in Chrysalis small groups. Chrysalis meets at BFA’s Kandern campus, where students are divided into small groups that are led by High School seniors. Activities will include games, small group discussion, and worship in the auditorium.

Intramural Sports
Tuesdays & Thursdays | 16:00-17:30
All Middle School students are encouraged to participate in the Intramural Sports program. Students will have the opportunity to compete in grade specific leagues, across multiple sports throughout the school year.
To cover the costs of running the Intramural Sports program, a fee of 30€ will be assessed to all students who choose to participate in the program.

Performing Arts

  • Band
  • Orchestra
  • Middle School Play
  • Private Lessons

Band and Orchestra meet Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 16:00 to 17:30. The Middle School play will be in the fall and require weekday and Saturday rehearsals.

Private Music Lessons
All students interested in private lessons for the 2017-2018 school year should fill out the Google Form below:
Submit Google Form

From there you will be contacted by a private lesson teacher and make arrangements for an interview during the first week of school.

Instrument Rentals
BFA is able to arrange instrument rentals for students. For more details regarding the rental program and instrument availability, contact the Music Department Chair – Ryan Zwemke.
Contact Music Department: [email protected]

Dress Code for Performing Arts
All band and orchestra participants will need the following clothing to participate in ensemble performances:

  • Men – A white dress shirt, black dress pants, black shoes and socks.
  • Women – A white blouse, a black skirt at least mid-calf length or dressy black slacks, black shoes, and black tights.
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Health

Important Forms
Follow the links below to download forms and submit them via email to the Nurses’ Office. The Medical Care and Emergency Treatment Consent Form will be automatically submitted upon completion of the Google form linked to below.
All medical forms are DUE by August 1st, 2017.

Medical Care and Emergency Treatment Consent Form
Parents must complete this form annually for each child enrolled at BFA. If more than one child is enrolled at BFA, a separate form must be completed for each child – DUE by August 1st, 2017.
Submit Google Form

Authorization for Medication
The Authorization for Medication form must be completed by a physician or nurse practitioner for each medication your child will be bringing to BFA. This includes prescription and over-the-counter medications – DUE by August 1st, 2017.
Download Form
Email Completed Forms: [email protected]

Vaccination Consent
Download Form
Email Completed Forms: [email protected]

Physicals
All new students must submit a two page History and Physical Evaluation form during the application process.  A physician or nurse practitioner must complete the form at the link below.  This same physical can be used for Athletics if your child wants to compete in a Sport for 8th-12th grades. All sport physicals must be completed annually and at least 2 weeks before the beginning of each sport season. – DUE by August 1st, 2017.

All new and returning athletes 8th-12th grade must complete a two page History and Physical Evaluation form annually or at least 2 weeks before the beginning of each sport season.  A physician or nurse practitioner must complete the form at the link below. Students will not be allowed to participate in or tryout for a sport unless they have a current physical on file.  Fall sports (Volleyball & Cross Country) DUE by August 1st, 2017.

Download Form
Email Completed Forms: [email protected]

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