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German International School Chicago
ISACS Membership status: Provisional Member School

Address: 1447 West Montrose Avenue
Chicago, IL 60613
Telephone: (773) 880-8812
Fax: (000) 000-0000
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Grade Levels: PS-4
Enrollment: 112
Boarding/Day: Day
Gender: Coed
School Description:

German International School Chicago (GISC), founded in 2009, is an independent, not-for-profit, dual-language school with the curriculum mainly taught in German and a multi-cultural approach. The School welcomes students of all backgrounds and nationalities. Students learn in a supportive, intimate, individualized environment that nurtures curiosity and creativity and fosters global awareness. GSC students - fluent in German and English - will become well rounded, responsible global citizens. GISC Preschool & Kindergarten (ages 3-5) offer a curriculum based on hands-on Montessori materials with a whole-child approach. It encourages self-motivation and independence, develops self-confidence and promotes self-discovery. Language development requires the most individualization, as students entering GISC vary in German proficiency and language development. Kindergartners also receive formal instruction in English Language Arts. Multi-age classes are taught by teachers who have been educated in either Austria, Germany, Switzerland or the United States. Upon entering first grade students will have acquired oral fluency in German, as well as, some basic reading and writing skills. Preschool offers part-day (8:30-1:00) and full-day (8:30-3:00) programs 5 days/week. Kindergarten is a full-day (8:30-3:00) program. GISC Elementary School (ages 6-14; grades 1-8) offers grades 1-7 in the school year 2017-18, and grades 1-8 will be offered in the school year 2018-19. Students entering 1st grade are expected to be fluent in German. New enrollees who lack German language fluency will receive extra help to catch up with the required proficiency in German. The school has been accredited as an IB World School, offering the PYP (Primary Years Program) and the MYP (Middle Years Program). The curriculum encourages independent and group learning. Trans-disciplinary projects (e.g., biology and ecology, music and math) – as developed in the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program – further integration of students' skills and knowledge. Students work on themes with global perspectives. Through structured inquiry students build knowledge, develop meaning and refine understanding. Group projects also focus on communication skills and team work. Students strive to be: Inquirers, knowledgeable, thinkers, communicators, principled, open-minded, caring, risk-takers, balanced, reflective. Although the curriculum will continue to be taught mainly in German, students will also receive some instruction in various subject areas in English and formal Language Arts instruction in English. Starting in 3rd grade students learn French. GISC-Upper School (ages 14-18; grades 9-12) is planned to open in the future. It will offer the IB Program and also course-work required for the Illinois High School Diploma.

In 2018-19, the school will move to a larger campus.

55 West Wacker, Suite 701 · Chicago, IL 60601 · Telephone (312) 750-1190 · Fax (312) 750-1193
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