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Teaching Philosophy

Unsere Unterrichtphilosophie

Our students develop and maintain fluency in both the German and English languages.

At German International School we give our students the tools and perspectives they need to be active participants in a global community by nurturing their natural curiosity with inquiry-based learning. 

We provide a high-quality German language education by immersing students in the language and culture, and as an IB World School, we are committed to developing knowledgeable, caring world citizens.

German School of Excellence

GIS is accredited by the German Central Administration for Schools Abroad and is a designated German School of Excellence

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International Baccalaureate

GIS is an IB World School, using the Primary Years Programme framework for preschool through grade 5.

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Frequently asked questions about our teaching philosophy

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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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