From the Director
Welcome to German-American International School (GAIS)!
Our school, situated in the heart of the multicultural and vibrant Silicon Valley, benefits you with its International Baccalaureate (IB) program — a unique opportunity to be exposed to a world-perspective education program.
Our goal is to equip our students with the tools necessary for competing as 21st century holistic learners. We are building life-long learners who are globally mobile, responsible world citizens, culturally aware and with a sense of identity.
We do not focus on structural programs alone, because in today’s ever-changing world, it’s fundamental that our students and teachers internalize habits that will allow them to adapt efficiently and effectively to multifaceted situations and to apply skills and knowledge accordingly across a broad range of areas.
One of our key resources is the continuum of rigorous IB academic programs — the Primary Years Program (PYP) and the Middle Years Program (MYP) — which focus on well-balanced students and emphasize a multiple perspective on learning and its outcome.
Every day when I walk through the classrooms I observe on the one hand devoted, passionate teachers who are challenging our students with meaningful activities that stimulate curiosity and inspire inquiry in order to foster a spirit of discovery and enjoyment of learning, and on the other hand I perceive motivated students who thrive on challenge their teachers and on growing globally minded through holistic, timely feedback and age-appropriate assessment forms for learning.
From preschool through 8th grade, we immerse the students in the German language and international culture, as well as embrace the American culture and local school standards. 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.