logoGerman-American International School | International Baccalaureate (IB) School of Silicon Valley Preschool | Elementary School | International Middle School | IB High School

From the Director

Welcome to GAIS!


Our school, situated in the heart of the multicultural and vibrant Silicon Valley, provides students with an International Baccalaureate (IB) programme spanning preschool through high school. Our goal is to equip our students with the tools necessary for competing in the 21st century. More than ever, students need to know how to collaborate, how to communicate across cultures, and how to creatively solve problems. In the International Baccalaureate Programme at GAIS, we not only develop these abilities in our students but also build life-long learners who are globally-minded, responsible citizens of the world.

The IB Programme at GAIS begins in the primary grades, where we implement truly inquiry- and project-based approaches to education. For example, our kindergartners build time machines so that they can travel across history to understand how people lived in different eras. First graders publish their own books. In the 4th grade, students work collaboratively on complex, interdisciplinary projects involving research, presentation, and community action. By the time our students enter our IB high school, they are totally prepared for the rigorous academic aspects of the Programme, as well as the collaborative, inquiry-based projects and problems the curriculum challenges them to tackle.

Every day when I walk through the classrooms at GAIS, I observe devoted and passionate teachers who are challenging our students with meaningful activities that stimulate curiosity and inspire inquiry. I see teachers who are also fostering a spirit of discovery and a love of learning. More importantly, I see motivated students who thrive on challenge, who have learned how to incorporate feedback and take their ideas to the next level.

Inquiry, a love of learning and the thirst for a challenge is inherent across all grade levels. From preschool through 4th grade, we immerse students in the German language. Students who begin at GAIS knowing only English are reading and writing in both English and German by 1st and 2nd grade. In the 5th grade, students have the choice of taking some or all of their courses in either English or German. They also add a 3rd, 4th, or 5th language to their repertoire. GAIS currently serves students from over 40 different countries. All of our students perform exceptionally well in both US and European tests and continue their education at some of the best schools in the region and around the world.

Come visit our campus with your child, take the time to talk to our students, teachers and parents, and learn for yourself how GAIS helps your child to be ready for the world!

I’m proud to work at GAIS and to contribute to and strengthen our community of learners.

Sincerely,

Dominic Liechti
Managing Director