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|Language of instruction||English and German|
|Native English and German teachers|
|Extra languages (other than English and German)|
|Class sizes||Average||15 students / class|
|Maximum||20 students / class|
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|Number of students||
|Number of nationalities represented in the school||
We have at least 40 nationalities.
|Most common nationality||
Nationalities are various, in the German Section Germans are about 50%.
|Ratio of local students to international students||
1:2 is the ratio of German to International students.
|Max. number of students per class||
20 (exception 22)
|Average number of students per class||
On the average there are 15 students, but numbers vary between the departments. In general, groups are rather small, with larger groups there are assistant teachers in the classroom.
|Does the school employ teaching assistants?||
We employ teaching assistants especially in Primary, for Englisch and/or Special Needs, and with group sizes over 10 in Early Years.
|Native English and German speaking teachers||
They are mostly native or near-native speakers (C 2), which means German native speakers in the German Section, and English native speakers in the International Section.
|Language support for students not fluent in English and German||
We have support classes for German (DAF/DAZ) and English (EAL).
|Additional language classes offered by the school||
French, Filipino, Spanish, Latin, Italian
|Use of technology in the classroom||
Every room has a smartboard or Promethean board, and one or more computer stations. Students in IB DP use laptops in class. GESM develops along a digitalization programme.
|Do teachers assign homework to their students?||
There is a homework policy. Homework is a regular part of education, but on some days, especially before exams, homework will be reduced in order to give students time to prepare the exams.
|Approximate hours of homework given||
It depends on the department and the age of the student, it normally does not exceed one hour a day.
There is no uniform in the stricter sense of the word. There are school shirts with the school's logo and name. Students wear them to show they identify with our school's values: respect, independence, compassion, integrity, responsibility.
For some classes there are waiting lists.
|Entry evaluation for students||
Yes, entry exams are common.
|Brief description of entry evaluation required||
We assess the learning contents and learning methods, especially in subjects like Maths, Natural Sciences, and English.
|Deadline for registration (new academic year)||
There is no deadline. As the school year starts mid of August, registration by the end of July will be appreciated. Students can enter school at any time during the school year, which frequently happens with expat children.
|Students can join after academic year begins||
Yes, and the students will be supported to catch up with their class according to the curriculum.
|Percentage of students who pursue further education post-graduation||
|External examinations or assessments available||
In the International Section they complete the IGCSE exams, in the IB DP department the IB DP exams. In the German Section they complete the Secondary Examinations, supervised by German authorities.
|Results in these examinations||
In general they are comparable to those at other international schools, or better. The success rate is very high.
|Do students practice religion at the school? What religion?||
GESM is a secular school, open and tolerant towards religions. We have Ethics as a regular subject. We offer courses for the Holy Communion to our Catholic students.
|How does the school accommodate non-religious students or students of a different religion?||
Students learn how to live and work together with other cultures and religions. We respect traditions of different religions, like the Islamic headscarf.
|School bus service available||
There is a bus service that covers a radius of 5 to 10 kilometers around school.
|Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs||
We have a SN department with three full-time SN teachers, apart from that assistants.
|Learning support offered||
Support for integration, support in subjects, diagnostics and support planning, support inside and outside the class room.
|The school supports gifted, able and talented students||
There is an enrichment programme as a part of the afternoon activities, and additional tasks in the class room.
|Student access to education psychologist||
GESM has contact to educational psychologists. The partner school, LFM, has an educational psychologist at school. Our guidance counsellor is the contact point between school and psychologists, psychiatrists and psychotherapists.
|School start time||
Lessons start at 07:35.
|School finish time||
It depends on the department, it is 13:30 for Primary, 15.20 for Secondary and Senior High School.
|Supervised care before/after school||
There is a programme for surveillance and day-care.
|Extracurricular activities or clubs offered||
We offer sports, musical instruments, choir, orchestra, theatre, arts, chess, dancing, languages, cooking/baking.
|School provided lunches||
There is a school canteen which offers breakfast and lunch at reasonable prices.
|Food alternatives for special dietary needs (ie. vegan, kosher, halal etc)||
There is a vegetarian meal every day.
|Sports activities included||
Swimming, track and field sports, athletics, gymnastics, ball games, martial arts and combative sports (e.g. Tae Kwon Do)
|Sports facilities at the school||
Gymnasium and sports grounds, football/soccer field, basketball field, track and field area, running tracks, basketball hall, climbing wall
|Sports teams or sport competitions available for students||
School teams for soccer, basket ball, swimming
|Qualities and characteristics best defining the school||
A school for children of every background, European, German, and International.
|Teaching approach of the school||
In a nutshell: Employability is important, but "personality" comes first.