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Mission and Strategy

Mission

The German-American International School (GAIS) mission is to provide an outstanding international, bilingual education focused on inquiry-based learning with the goal to foster confident, creative and responsible learners and global thinkers.

 

Our Core Values

The German-American International School (GAIS) school strives to cultivate core values of respect, tolerance, responsibility, honesty, sincerity and politeness. Multicultural traditions are discussed and observed throughout the year, placing an emphasis on international awareness. Extracurricular events and field trips supplement our students’ education, nurturing a commitment to the school community that is in turn supported and encouraged by our parents.

Our school is a place where children are given the opportunity to learn and grow as whole individuals. It is the school’s philosophy that cognitive, social, physical and emotional growth are interrelated. Therefore, the school’s activities, both academic and non-academic, address the needs of the total child. Moreover, the school’s curriculum is designed to encourage and guide children in the development self-direction, individual responsibility and intellectual growth. We believe that children can reach their fullest potential if they are able to develop a positive self-image. To further these goals, our school offers a learning environment that fosters the development of a creative and critical mind.

We emphasize the following:

  • A student-focused, individualized approach to instruction
  • The fostering of a child’s imagination and creativity through hands-on projects and experiments
  • An environment that encourages student involvement

Benefits of Bilingualism

Learning to speak another language opens the door to another culture. It also opens the door to wider understanding, to appreciating differences and to looking for alternative solutions to problems.

Scientists researching bilingual children have noted an increased level of creativity, improved ability to interpret the world, more advanced language skills in their mother tongue, and better school performance among bilingual children than among mono-lingual children. They argue that bilingual education develops the brain differently from mono-lingual education.

However, becoming bilingual does not happen overnight. If you speak a different language at home than what the school environment offers, you should allow 6-24 months before your child comfortably converses in the new language.

Even though there are individual differences, there is much you can do to ease your child’s learning experience by getting involved in it personally. While exposure to a new language is broadly beneficial, your child will benefit even more if you make a long-term commitment to keeping up the language support well into your child’s teenage years.

Strategic Goals (2011-2014)

Stakeholder Engagement

Stakeholder Engagement

Create an environment that fosters:

  1. active engagement and collaboration
  2. communication and dialogue
  3. a positive sense of community and school spirit, and
  4. clear accountability

among teachers, parents, students, administrators, and the community to maximize student learning socially, emotionally, and academically.

Streamlined Operations

Streamlined Operations

Review and improve all school processes and organization to:

  1. Ensure clear roles and responsibilities
  2. Increase the efficiency and effectiveness of administrative activities among staff, parents and students
  3. Enable future growth
  4. Stay within budget
Educational Excellence

Educational Excellence

Recruit, retain, and develop a highly qualified and effective staff  to ensure learning excellence and ensure smooth and successful transitions from

  1. PreSchool to Vorschule
  2. Vorschule to Elementary
  3. Hort
  4. Elementary to Middle
  5. Middle to High School
Enrollment and Growth

Enrollment and Growth

Ensure a high level of satisfaction among our current parents & key stakeholders

  1. meet our enrollment & retention targets
  2. plan for various growth scenarios
  3. expand network
  4. ensure our facilities keep pace