IB Programme at GAIS
The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.
To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment.
These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.
If you want to find out more about the various IB programmes please click here.
GAIS IB Introduction
The International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) offers high quality programs of international education to a worldwide community of schools. There are more than 800,000 IB students at over 3,000 IB World Schools in 142 countries. The IBO has developed three programs: the “IB Primary Years Programme” (PYP), the “IB Middle Years Programme” (MYP), and the “IB Diploma Programme” (DP).
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.
IB Primary Years Programme PYP at GAIS
In 2004 the German-American International School recognized the Primary Years Programme 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.
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.
IB Middle Years Programme MYP at GAIS
In 2010 GAIS implemented the IB Middle Years Programme in its International Middle School. GAIS was officially authorized by the IBO in February 2014.
Read more in our official Press Release about the MYP Authorization:
For more information about the MYP please visit our International Middle School Site.
For a quick introduction into the PYP at GAIS please watch our video: