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 pursuing accreditation as an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School. Currently, as a candidate school for 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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