Our Campus and Facilities
Located in Menlo Park, California, the German-American International School occupies one permanent school building and several portable buildings. The school property is leased from the Menlo Park City School District (MPCSD).
Our Campus and Classrooms
- Our Campus
The German-American International School occupies 5.6 acres, with one permanent building (approx. 13,000 square feet) and several portable buildings (approx. 25,000 square feet) in Menlo Park, California. Together they comprise facilities typical of an elementary or “middle” school in California. The school property is leased from the Menlo Park City School District.
The youngest children attend classes in the main building only. Upper grades and special study/tutorial classes are housed in the portables.
Additional facilities include tennis courts, a baseball diamond, a grass area for other sports such as soccer, basketball courts, a volleyball court, a play structure, a blacktop play area, and an extensive preschool outdoor area.
The preschool classrooms are spacious and allow children to be creative and to relax after doing arts and crafts, playing, singing, and exercising. Our outdoor section offers a variety of different playground sections and attractions.
- Kindergarten / Vorschule
Kindergarten / Vorschule
The Vorschule children have decorated their classroom with beautiful artwork.
- Grade Schools
The higher grades are housed in modern portables.
- Science Lab
Who would not like to learn and experiment in the GAIS science lab?
- Music Room
Our music teacher introduces GAIS children to new vocal and instrumental experiences in the Music Room.
GAIS is one of only a few local schools boasting a gymnasium for indoor P.E. (Physical Education) lessons. The gym is also used for general assemblies, school events, and parties.
LibrarySince its move to a new building, the library has become one of the favorite places for our students and parents to be on campus. It is spacious, bright and cozy, with large colorful sofa cushions to relax on while reading an interesting book from our large collection which encompass over 11,000 books, CDs, DVDs, and videos. The collection of German titles is currently in the process of being expended. There are also computers for students to access programs for taking book quizzes and other reading-related activities. Besides books in both German and English, our library has a broad collection of German and English audio tapes, CDs, videos, and DVDs. We now also have a special shelf with children and adult books for sale in English and German.For opening hours please click here.
In recognizing the importance of technology, and the need for students to develop a good understanding of technology and the use of the computer as an educational tool, GAIS has developed a good campus-wide IT infrastructure. In addition to a fully equipped and modern computer lab, each classroom has a computer corner and the library has additional work stations for student use. The school-wide IT goals are:
- To provide the students with the skills needed to use computers as a tool for learning, research and communication.
- To provide students with modern facilities which fulfill our objectives.
- To develop students’ self confidence to tackle the familiar and unfamiliar.
- To encourage students’ autonomy in choosing applications to fulfill specific tasks.
- To instill the ability to analyze information from different media and present it in effective ways.
- To educate students about the social and moral implications of computers including the dangers associated with the Internet and data protection.
Our play structures are only one of the many features of the extensive playgrounds that include tennis courts, basketball courts, a baseball diamond, a volleyball court, a grass area, a blacktop play area, and a beautiful preschool playground.