GAIS welcomes new students who are able to fit into our bilingual elementary school program at any grade. Typically, non-German speakers will benefit from at least a year in our German-immersion preschool prior to Kindergarten (Vorschule). However, non-German-speaking students can be accepted into Kindergarten. Fluent German speakers are typically able to join at any grade level.
Students are assigned to instructional groups primarily on the basis of age. The school cut-off date is September 1 and students who are five years old by September 1 of the school year they are applying for will be admitted into the Kindergarten (Vorschule) program.
Similarly, students who are six will be admitted to Grade 1. However, factors such as previous records, measured aptitude and achievement, physical and emotional development and other relevant details are also considered. The final decision rests with the Head of School.
How to Apply
Enrolling your children at the German-American International School involves several steps. After you have reviewed our information, had a school tour, talked to teachers and maybe current parents, you should have a very detailed impression of the benefits our school offers to your child.
When you have made your decision to enroll you child at our school and with the school have established the appropriate grade level for your child, please fill out the application form and send it to the school with a $75 application fee.
School records will be required for students applying to Grade 2 and higher. The school will inform you of the status of your application in writing. Once you have been notified of acceptance, please then fill out the enrollment contract, pay the $550 annual enrollment fee and tuition deposit. At this point your child has a confirmed place in the school. Before attending school a series of forms and health records will need to besubmitted to the school office.
Please print out the form ‘Application for Admission‘, fill it out and send it to the office. You may also fax it to us at +1-650-324-9548.