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IB and German
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Ages 3 to 14

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CityChicago
CurriculumsIB and German
Languages of instructionEnglish and German
Age RangeAges 3 to 14
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Quick summary of key school information

Language of instruction English and German
Native English and German teachers
Extra languages (other than English and German)
Class sizes Average 13 students / class
Maximum 18 students / class
Extracurricular activities
School bus
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Yearly fees: from: $18,800
to: $18,800
Address: 1726 W Berteau Ave Chicago, IL 60613, USA
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All the details about this school in their own words

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Number of students

170

Number of nationalities represented in the school

36

Most common nationality

International

Ratio of local students to international students

1:4

Max. number of students per class

18

Average number of students per class

13

Does the school employ teaching assistants?

Yes

Native English and German speaking teachers

Yes

Language support for students not fluent in English and German

Yes

Additional language classes offered by the school

French, Spanish

Use of technology in the classroom

Smart boards, laptops, and iPads are as much part of GISC teaching and learning as books, paper, pencils, paint brushes, etc. As there is WiFi throughout the School, students work with GISC-owned iPads and laptops on specific projects.

Is the school ready to use virtual classrooms when needed? (e.g. teaching lessons online if the school is closed, e.g. during COVID-19 closures)

Yes - GISC has developed a plan for fully remote learning as a response to the ongoing pandemic

Do teachers assign homework to their students?

Yes

Uniform required

No

Waiting list

No

Entry evaluation for students

Language Assessment

Brief description of entry evaluation required

German language skills

Deadline for registration (new academic year)

No deadline

Students can join after academic year begins

Yes

Do students practice religion at the school? What religion?

No

School bus service available

Normally, GISC offers a morning school bus service with convenient pick-up locations from Hyde Park, the South Loop, West side, North side, and the Northern suburbs. During the pandemic, this bus route is suspended.

Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs

No

Student access to education psychologist

No

School start time

8:30am

School finish time

3:00pm

Supervised care before/after school

Before-school care is available upon request from 7:30 am – 8:00 am.

After-school care is offered from 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm (Session 1: 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm; Session 2: 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm).

Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

Chess, coding, ballet, soccer, yoga, Zumba, piano, violin, karate, art, clay creations, guitar, theater

School provided lunches

No

Food alternatives for special dietary needs (ie. vegan, kosher, halal etc)

No

Sports activities included

We offer a wide range of after-school physical activities including soccer and karate.

Sports facilities at the school

We have a gymnasium, outdoor play area with basketball hoop, and small soccer field.

Other facilities at the school

There is a German-language library, STEM science room, and music room.

Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

The German International School Chicago is a private, non-profit IB World School that provides students with a bilingual, international education from Preschool through Grade 8.

Teaching approach of the school

GISC’s curriculum is taught mainly in German with an intercultural approach drawing on the best of the German, American, and international education systems. GISC students work on transdisciplinary units with global perspectives within the framework of the International Baccalaureate.
GISC students – fluent in German and English – will become well-rounded, creative, and responsible global citizens.

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