Annual Gala Tickets Now on Sale
April 16, 2018
Tickets to our Annual Gala on Friday, June 8, are on sale. Get yours now and benefit from our early… read more
Developing and Nurturing Mind and Body
April 13, 2018
Grades 3-7 went on a field trip to LA Fitness Chicago on Lawrence Ave for a guided tour of the … read more
Learning about Food in Preschool
April 10, 2018
As part of the IB unit “How We Organize Ourselves”, our preschoolers explored the central idea “Growing Food Supplies Nourishment… read more
P.E. Enhancement
April 4, 2018
A BIG thank you to bellicon for donating two 49″ trampolines that are now enriching our P.E. classes! Our students… read more
Science Project on Mendelian Inheritance
March 27, 2018
We’re grateful to Prof. Dr. Fabian Preuss from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside who carried out a scientific project on Mendelian… read more
Statistics Poster Competition
March 23, 2018
We hosted our own school-wide statistics poster competition this week which was inspired by the ASA Data Visualization Poster Competition… read more
Field Trip to the Chicago History Museum
March 21, 2018
Grades 3-7 enjoyed a trip to the Chicago History Museum to contextualize their studies of our exciting home town. We… read more
Open House
March 13, 2018
Our next Open House is coming up this Friday, March 16, 10:00 am – 12:00 noon. This is a perfect… read more
6 Research-Backed Benefits of Learning a Foreign Language
March 5, 2018
Learning a foreign language comes with important long-term benefits. Here are six research-backed benefits. Now imagine the benefits when… read more
Writing Workshop
February 23, 2018
Students from Grades 3-7 attended a writing workshop at Open Books this week. On our journey to and from the… read more
Middle School Meets Preschool
February 22, 2018
Recently Grades 5-7 visited our friends in Pre-K to celebrate Fasching. In the spirit of the holiday, we made masks… read more
News Show Production
February 20, 2018
Our second graders slipped into many different roles over the past few weeks when they produced their own news shows.… read more
Annual Gala
February 14, 2018
Our Annual Gala will take place on Friday, June 8, 2018. Please save the date and start planning your futuristic… read more
Fasching 2018
February 12, 2018
Helau and Alaaf from us to you! In Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, people are celebrating carnival on the occasion of… read more
Kamishibai Storytelling
February 6, 2018
The teachers of the Schmetterling preschool group introduced their students to Kamishibai. Kamishibai (Japanese for “paper play”) is a form… read more
Next Open House & Private School Tours
January 30, 2018
Our next open house is coming up this Friday, February 2, 10:00 am – 12:00 noon. Please stop by to… read more
Official IB World School
January 26, 2018
We have received our official IB World School certificate! Our Director Petra Obritzberger, IB Coordinator Katharina Koch Staley, former Director,… read more
Acrobatic Unit in P.E.
January 25, 2018
Our students in Grades 1-7 had lots of fun doing an acrobatic unit in P.E. class. In small groups, the… read more
Annual Fund Giving Day Update
January 25, 2018
Dear GISC Families and Friends,
Thank you for helping GISC close out 2017 with a bang! Thanks to YOU, we… read more
New GISC Choir
January 23, 2018
Our newly-founded GISC choir has been a great success! During this extracurricular class, our students learn to sing songs… read more
Penfriends Across the Globe
January 16, 2018
Grade 2 has officially started their penfriend correspondence with the Grund- und Werkrealschule Bad Dürrheim in Baden-Württemberg, Germany. With our… read more
Why Foreign Language Learning Matters More Than STEM
January 10, 2018
For an insightful read on the importance of foreign language learning over STEM, backed by different studies, please click hereread more
Open Houses Winter/Spring 2018
December 22, 2017
We invite you to join us for one of our upcoming open houses. If you are thinking about sending… read more
IB World School Authorization
December 15, 2017
We’re excited to announce that we’re now an official IB World School! With more than 4,500 schools offering the International… read more
Beading Class
December 14, 2017
The beading class with Frau Babbitt, one of our seasonal extracurricular programs, was a big hit. Students had a great… read more
Forest Project
December 14, 2017
Our 3rd and 4th graders put their knowledge about the five different sections of the forest into practice when they… read more
Upcoming Winter Performance
December 13, 2017
Our first graders worked enthusiastically on the props for their part in the upcoming “Winter Celebrations around the World” performance… read more
Today Is Annual Fund Giving Day!
December 7, 2017
Dear GISC Families and Friends of GISC,
Thank you to everyone who has made growing the German International School
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Annual Fund Giving Day 2017
December 1, 2017
Our Annual Fund Giving Day is on Thursday, December 7, 2017!
This year marks 10 years from the founding
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Bundesweiter Vorlesetag
November 30, 2017
#tbt A couple weeks ago, we celebrated ‘Bundesweiter Vorlesetag‘ (nationwide reading day in Germany) at our school. Students… read more
Cultural Enrichment Class
November 28, 2017
Himmel’s generously invited Grades 5-7 to their restaurant today to teach them how to make a traditional German Schnitzel. Not… read more
Pop-Up Booth at Christkindlmarket
November 27, 2017
Come visit our GISC Pop-Up Booth at Christkindlmarket Chicago in Daley Plaza on Tuesday, December 5! Learn more about our… read more
GISC @ School of Rock
November 21, 2017
Our trip to see a matinee of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s latest musical, School of Rock, was certainly a highlight… read more
Field Trip to the Museum of Science and Industry
November 16, 2017
Our 3rd and 4th graders concluded the IB unit “How We Organize Ourselves” with a field trip to the Museum read more
Thanks for Attending Laternenfest!
November 14, 2017
Thanks to everyone in attendance for making our 10th Annual Laternenfest & St. Martin’s Parade another sold-out event!
We … read more
Early Lantern Making for Laternenfest
November 9, 2017
Early lantern-making for our 10th Annual Laternenfest & St. Martin’s Parade was a huge success today. We look forward to… read more
Only Ten More Days until Laternenfest!
November 1, 2017
Our 10th Annual Laternenfest & St. Martin’s Parade is coming up soon on Saturday, November 11, 2017. If you haven’t… read more
Gym Class with Spider-Man
November 1, 2017
The first graders and Kindergarten students were very excited to have a very special guest stop by the school on… read more
Happy Halloween 2017
October 31, 2017
Happy Halloween from all of us at the German International School Chicago!… read more
Middle School Meets Preschool
October 30, 2017
Our 5th-7th graders made another visit to Pre-K. This time we planned some Halloween arts and crafts to do with… read more
A Golden October
October 19, 2017
The Schmetterling preschool students enjoy exploring the golden October weather in all its beauty. On our walks, we observe our… read more
Follow Us on Twitter
October 19, 2017
We’re excited to announce we’re now on Twitter! Please follow us! @GISChicago… read more
Field Trip Chicago Med
October 18, 2017
We were invited to the filming of Chicago Med so that our 5th, 6th, and 7th graders could get field… read more
Laternenfest 2017
October 1, 2017
We cordially invite you to our 10th Annual Laternenfest and St. Martin’s Parade at the DANK Haus on Saturday, November … read more
One-Point Perspective
September 29, 2017
Our 3rd and 4th graders utilized their newly learned skills of working with one-point perspective!… read more
“Oui” Run 5K
September 27, 2017
It was one of the hottest September days recorded in Chicago history, but GISC students and families beat the heat… read more
Preparing for Kindergarten
September 21, 2017
The “Maxi” preschoolers each received their own “Das kleine Jo-Jo” booklet. It contains preliminary exercises for writing and reading and… read more
GISC Oktoberfest 2017
September 19, 2017
Thank you to everyone who joined us this past Saturday for this year’s Oktoberfest Celebration – it was a huge… read more
PE at the Park
September 15, 2017
Grades 3-4 had fun playing athletic games at the park this week. The students enjoyed improving their running, throwing, and… read more
Why Learn German?
September 12, 2017
Yale University‘s Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures answers that question well more
Von Steuben German Day Parade 2017
September 11, 2017
Last Saturday, we again participated with a GISC float in the annual Von Steuben German Day Parade in Lincoln Square.… read more
Reading Across Age Groups
September 8, 2017
This week, the preschool “Maxis” invited guest readers from Grades 5-7 to their afternoon classes. The middle school students picked… read more
Print-Making Techniques
September 7, 2017
Our preschool and Kindergarten students are currently exploring print-making techniques in art class.… read more
Open Houses Fall/Winter 2017
September 7, 2017
We invite you to join us for one of our upcoming open houses. If you are thinking about sending… read more
GISC Playgroup
September 5, 2017
Please join us for our free weekly playgroup for babies and toddlers. The playgroup takes place at the GISC gym… read more
Key Ceremony at New Location
September 1, 2017
Members of our Board of Trustees, Honorary Board, and Building Committee gathered at our school’s new location today to formally… read more
Von Steuben German Day Parade 2017
August 29, 2017
Please join us as we participate in the Von Steuben German Day Parade in Lincoln Square on Saturday, September 9, read more
First Day of School 2017/18
August 23, 2017
We had a wonderful First Day of School yesterday and it was beautiful to have you all (back) at GISC!… read more
Welcome & Welcome Back to School!
August 21, 2017
We are excited about the new school year and look forward to welcoming you to GISC for the first day… read more
Become Bilingual Program
August 16, 2017
For the upcoming school year, we accept non-German-speaking students not only to Pre-K, but also to Kindergarten and Grades 1… read more
Thank You!
June 21, 2017
Thank you all for a wonderful 2016/17 school year! We wish you a lovely summer break and look forward to… read more
Graduation 2017
June 15, 2017
Herzlichen Glückwunsch, Vorschulklasse 2017! – Congratulations, Kindergarten Class of 2017!… read more
Cake Time with the Director
June 13, 2017
The “Kuchen mit Frau Obritzberger” (Cake time with Ms. Obritzberger) was extremely popular in this year’s silent auction of the… read more
Preschool Field Trip to the Farm
June 13, 2017
Our field trip to the Historic Wagner Farm was a great way to wrap up our IB unit “How the… read more
Chicago Fire vs. Atlanta United FC Match
June 12, 2017
To end our soccer season in style, we went to the Chicago Fire vs. Atlanta United FC match on Saturday. read more
Chicago Fire Soccer Clinic
June 9, 2017
We are very grateful to the Chicago Fire for offering a soccer clinic at our school this week. Many thanks… read more
Freiburger Rechtschreibschule (FRESCH)
June 9, 2017
The “Freiburger Rechtschreibschule” (FRESCH) is a concept that facilitates German spelling. It is clearly structured, easy to understand, and especially… read more
IB Unit “Who We Are”
June 8, 2017
To conclude our IB unit “Who We Are” about healthy habits that nurture our minds and bodies, students in Grades… read more
Sausage-Making Class
June 7, 2017
Last night, Eataly Chicago hosted the sausage-making class that was up for grabs in our 7th Annual Spring Gala and… read more
English Accents & Dialects
June 5, 2017
Our 2nd graders welcomed a special guest, GISC parent Mr. McGregor! He was kind enough to enrich our English lesson… read more
Mini Gala
June 5, 2017
After the grown-ups had their Gala this spring, our students decided to throw their own Mini Gala, which included fun… read more
Schnitzel Dinner
June 2, 2017
This Austrian-style “Schnitzel Dinner”, one of the items up for grabs in the GISC Spring Gala’s Silent Auction, was a… read more
Volunteer Celebration
June 2, 2017
We had so much fun at our Volunteer Celebration this morning! We are so thankful for all of your hard… read more
IB Unit “Sharing the Planet”
June 1, 2017
During our IB unit “Sharing the Planet,” our “Vorschule” Kindergarten students went to the park to examine living and non-living… read more
Spring Concert & Art Show 2017
May 31, 2017
Thanks to everyone who attended our Spring Concert & Art Show today! We were happy to welcome each and every… read more
An Afternoon at the Park
May 30, 2017
The Maxis welcomed the beautifully warm spring weather by having a blast at the park: They practiced their climbing and… read more
German A2 Exams
May 24, 2017
For the first time in GISC history, our 6th graders took the German A2 exam provided by the Central Agency… read more
Having Fun with Geometry
May 22, 2017
Our 3rd and 4th grade students practiced their reflection and radial symmetry findings on geometry boards.… read more
Grandparents’ & Special Friends’ Day 2017
May 19, 2017
We would like to thank everyone who attended our Grandparents’ & Special Friends’ Day today! Our students loved being able… read more
Field Trip to the Black Ensemble Theater
May 18, 2017
Last week, the Black Ensemble Theater invited us – along with other neighborhood schools – to attend their play ‘Little… read more
Storytelling Website by Grades 5/6
May 12, 2017
Wir, die Klasse 5/6, von GISC haben eine Webseite erstellt, auf der ihr unsere Geschichten lesen könnt. Hier findet ihr… read more
New IB Unit on Cycles
May 8, 2017
Our preschool students are learning about cycles in our new IB unit and are exploring butterfly and ladybug cycles.… read more
My Fair Lady
May 8, 2017
Students in Grades 3-6 went to the Lyric Opera of Chicago for a musical performance of “My Fair Lady”. Certainly… read more
Earth Day Clean-Up at the Park
May 4, 2017
In celebration of Earth Day, our 1st and 2nd graders went on an adventure to Welles Park. Our mission was… read more
Thank You!
May 3, 2017
To all of our friends who supported our 7th Annual GISC Spring Gala on Saturday, THANK YOU! Your dedication… read more
Our Gala Is Tomorrow!
April 28, 2017
All of our student paintings for the Gala are officially live on our Silent Auction page,! If you… read more
Alderman Waguespack’s Visit to GISC
April 21, 2017
Alderman Waguespack visited Grades 5-6 for a discussion about the political structure in Chicago this morning. Students had researched different… read more
Artwork for the Spring Gala’s Silent Auction
April 11, 2017
We hope our students are resting up this Spring Break as they have been hard at work getting their paintings… read more
Easter Gifts from the Parent Organization
April 7, 2017
Thanks to the Parent Organization for this year’s Easter gifts! Our Treff Schmetterlinge preschoolers already made use of theirs by… read more
Kindness Week at GISC
April 7, 2017
During Kindness Week, our 1st and 2nd graders spread kindness and filled each other’s buckets with compliments and… read more
Win Tickets for Hamilton and a Meet-and-Greet with Joseph Morales
April 6, 2017
We are so excited to announce our first live item for GISC’s 7th Annual Spring Gala’s Silent Auction: two Orchestra… read more
‘Aqua-Agenten’ (Aqua Agents) at GISC
April 5, 2017
In cooperation with the Goethe-Institut Chicago (LINK:, our 3rd and 4th graders went on the “Mission Aqua”. They… read more