International Baccalaureate®


GIS is an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School. 

The German International School is an accredited  International Baccalaureate (IB) World School. An IB education focuses on educating the whole child. The IB program addresses not only cognitive development, but also social, emotional, and physical well-being on each student.

We aim to develop inquiring, knowledgeable, and caring world citizens with adaptable skill to tackle society's complex challenges.

IB Primary Years Programme (PYP)

The Primary Years Programme  (PYP) is for students aged 3-12. The PYP prepares students to become active, caring, lifelong learners who demonstrate respect for themselves and others and have the capacity to participate in the world around them. It focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both within and beyond the classroom.


Sustained inquiry forms the centrepiece of the written, taught and assessed curriculum in IB programmes. IB programmes feature structured inquiry both into established bodies of knowledge and into complex problems. In this approach, prior knowledge and experience establish the basis for new learning, and students’ own curiosity provides the most effective provocation for learning that is engaging, relevant, challenging and significant. Source 

What Inquiry looks like at GIS

Programme of Inquiry

Here is our most up-to-date Programme of Inquiry or POI. The POI is a "road map" of student learning from preK to fifth grade. The units are based on the curricula from Thuringia, Germany, elements of the U.S. Common Core standards in English, Math and Science and IB expectations. These units integrate subject areas, and provide meaningful learning experiences for students, connecting their learning to the real world, both locally and globally, as they develop a deeper understanding of the concepts and topics being studied.

IB Learner Profile

The aim of all IB programmes is to develop internationally minded people who, recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world. Click on the images below to learn more about what we're doing with our kids in the classroom!