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GAIS Foerderverein

The GAIS Förderverein is a great way to stay in touch with both our school and the GAIS families who have returned to Europe.


Dr. Franz Riedlinger – Vizepräsident, Dr. Andreas Dorsel – Schriftführer, Ute Dorsel – Schatzmeisterin, Dr. Holger Fiedler – Präsident (left to right)




Dear GAIS Friends,

The 2011-12 school year has gotten off to a fantastic start with student enrollment breaking the 300 barrier for the first time. As we are working on and looking forward to our annual auction/fundraiser party later this month, we are also happy to learn that the GAIS Förderverein is in the process of organizing another membership and donations drive in Germany, Austria and Switzerland to support the school.

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Over the 23 year history of the school, hundreds of GAIS families have returned or re-located to the German-speaking Europe.The “Förderverein” offers these families a great opportunity to support this wonderful school, while the alumni meetings allow them to keep up with old friends.Our website is intended to allow you to stay abreast with recent developments at the school, and continue to build the bridge of international awareness, clearly fitting in with our mission to educate global and critical thinkers.

Over the past few years, GAIS has continued to evolve into a true international school. In 2007 the International Baccalaureate Organization authorized GAIS as an IB World School offering the Primary Years Program. We are the only school to do so entirely in the German language. This year we have officially started the Middle Years Program in Grades 6-8 and expect to be fully authorized in 2013. Being a recognized IB School has clearly had an effect in attracting International families of German speaking origin as well as families looking for a truly international program. Being an IB school also helps GAIS in recruiting top native-speaking teachers, not only those looking for a California experience but also those wishing to move up in their professional careers. With our strong management team, world recognized academic program and prudent financial control, we have taken the school a long way forward to become a successful and well-managed international school.

Having achieved our goal of implementing the International Baccalaureate program throughout the entire school from Preschool to Grade 8, and growing yearly at the rate of around 10%, we have been working on upgrading our facilities to host all the new students. More classrooms will be needed in the next year or two which will mean purchasing more portables.

We are extremely thankful to all the families, alumni and corporations for their continued financial and hands-on support to help the school prosper and invest in the future. The commitment and generosity of our families never ceases to amaze us. Last year’s Fundraiser Auction was a great hit and, in addition to being a fun celebration, contributed $72,000 towards the school budget. In addition, the annual fund drive involving families and friends of GAIS, brought in over $130,000. The German Förderverein was also active last year and was able to contribute Euro 2,000 to our school budget. Operating an outstanding school does have its financial ramifications, however, the most important favor you can do to our school does not cost you anything. Just tell your friends about GAIS, increase the awareness of what we offer, and make our recruiting of new families much easier.

Please come and visit or have a look at our website at www.gais.org. You would be surprised about how all the good things have stayed the same, yet how much we have developed in the past few years.  Just imagine what we will be in the future!

And to all our alumni around the word: We would love to hear how you are doing, please send any updates of your whereabouts to [email protected] so that we can keep in touch. Also, you can always download the newest Newsletter from the web-site, where we will also be posting alumni news.

To learn more about the German Förderverein, and for membership applications or tax-free donations, please contact the founder and secretary Andreas Dorsel

We wish you all a great school year wherever you are.

Daniel Zimmermann                                                      Dominic Liechti
President Board of Directors                                         Managing Director


Bank Transfer Data:

Kontoinhaber: Förderverein d. Deutsch-Amerik. Intern. Schule e.V.
Kreditinstitut: Kreissparkasse Ostalb (Aalen, Deutschland)
Bankleitzahl: 614 500 50
Kontonummer: 805472280
IBAN: DE48 6145 0050 0805 4722 80

Please include the address so you can receive a donation receipt!