IB Programme at GAIS

GAIS is the first and only school in the Bay Area that offers both the Middle Years Programme (MYP), grades 5-8, and Primary Years Programme (PYP), preschool through grade 4, within a bilingual academic track. The PYP (for children aged 3 to 12) has been implemented at GAIS from the preschool through Grade 5, and as a result was certified as an IB World School in 2007. In 2010, GAIS implemented the MYP (for children aged 11 to 16) in the Grades 6 – 8 and was officially certified by the IBO in February 2014.


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IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) at GAIS

In 2004 the German-American International School recognized the Primary Years Programme (PYP) of the IB as being the ideal educational direction for the school’s diverse and internationally minded community. GAIS became the first school on the Peninsula to be certified as an IB World School for the PYP by the International Baccalaureate Organization.

Additionally, GAIS has been the first school in the world to teach the PYP primarily in the German language.

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There are many reasons why this program provides the foundations for an outstanding education for all of our students:

It is a transdisciplinary program of international education designed to foster the development of the whole child.

It focuses on the total growth of the developing child, touching hearts as well as minds and encompassing social, physical, emotional and cultural needs in addition to academic development.

It draws on research and best practices from a range of national systems with a wealth of knowledge and experience from international schools to create a relevant, engaging, challenging and significant educational framework for all children.

It is recognized world-wide and allows for easy transition to other IB schools for internationally mobile families.

For more information about the PYP at GAIS please visit  either our Preschool (PS) Section or Elementary School (ES) Section.

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IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) at GAIS

In 2010 GAIS implemented the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) in its International Middle School. GAIS was officially authorized for the Middle Years Programme by the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) in February 2014:

GAIS MYP Certification Press Release

For more information about the MYP at GAIS please visit our International Middle School (IMS) Section.

For a quick introduction into the PYP at GAIS please watch our video: