Programs & Structure

German International School Chicago (GISC) prepares students to become well-rounded, creative, responsible, and tolerant global citizens by providing them a rigorous, world-class education in a supportive and individualized learning environment.

GISC is an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School. Offering the Primary Years Program (PYP) of the International Baccalaureate Organization, we have adopted the IB Learner Profile.

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Preschool (Pre-Kindergarten, Ages 3-5) Mondays – Fridays, Full-Day Program 8:30 am – 3:00 pm Mondays – Fridays, Part-Day Program 8:30 am – 1:00 pm Our preschool is a German immersion school. All teachers are native German speakers. Consistent with the Primary Years Program (PYP) … read more
Kindergarten & Elementary/Middle School
Kindergarten & Elementary/Middle School (K-7)* *In 2018-19, we will grow through 8th grade. Mondays – Fridays, Full-Day Program 8:30 am – 3:00 pm Although German remains the dominant language of instruction, students have daily formal instruction in English Language Arts, and … read more

Assessment of Student Growth, Development, and Achievement

Assessments and especially self-assessments play a major role in becoming a responsible independent learner. Teachers and students share and reflect together upon the assessments on a daily basis and develop ways or strategies for improvement.

Assessment of knowledge and skills prior to the beginning of a topic unit is done through brain-storming by teachers with students, or oral questioning by the teacher. For

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