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Elementary

GRUNDSCHULE (KLASSEN 1-5)

The Elementary Program at German International School builds on 3 core pillars:

The competency-oriented, flexible curricula from Thuringia, Germany – in alignment with German Schools Abroad.

The framework of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme (PYP).

Integrated German language acquisition from Preschool through 5th grade.

We believe in providing our students with opportunities to develop into lifelong learners.

In elementary school students continue the journey they started in preschool and kindergarten by connecting their personal experiences with classroom learning. We implement multidisciplinary content topics using inquiry-based learning and authentic assessment. Our teachers differentiate instruction for learning groups to allow for meaningful learning. As guided in the IB PYP, learning is organized in Units of Inquiry that allow for student agency, foster our students’ natural curiosity and provide authentic and meaningful learning opportunities 

All students participate in German as a second language instruction (DaF) as part of their regular schedule. This class supports language learning in a more structured way, and where applicable, is connected to current classroom themes.

Our students collaborate in our small school garden, maintain and plant in our creek area and learn hands on what it means to take on responsible stewardship for our environment.

Field trips and expert visits connected to units of inquiry enhance our students experience.

Frequently asked questions about Elementary

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No! A child can enroll in Preschool or Kindergarten with no exposure to the German language.

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Yes! All GIS students receive music, art and PE each week

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All Head classroom teachers during the school day are native speakers in German. Teaching assistants are either native or proficient in the language. All English teachers are native English speakers. Read all about our staff!

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We are the only school (Pre-5) in the Portland metro area that offers German language as an immersion program; our graduates will speak German fluently upon graduation. Our academic standard is very high, we hire experienced teachers, keep class sizes small, and teach using a German curriculum within the International Baccalaureate framework, recognized and respected by the world’s leading universities.

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3900 SW Murray Blvd.

Beaverton, OR 97005

PH (503) 626-9089

FX (503) 626-9730

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