View Full Version : All SF Interested in a German/International Baccalaureate K-5+ school in the city?

10-20-2010, 01:34 PM
If any of you might be interested in a German immersion/International Baccalaureat school in the city (K-5+, opening next fall, if we get it together), please contact Katrin (kinderhauskatrin@yahoo.com) to express your interest. Or just send her a quick email note stating your interest, and she'll be able to give you more information and add you to the list.

A small group of families are currently making a push to get GAIS (the German-American International School in Menlo Park) to open a satellite school in San Francisco. If we get just a few more families to express interest, that would help tremendously.

The school would be slated to open next fall (2011) with a Kindergarten class. It'd mostly follow in GAIS' footsteps (though nothing's really set in stone yet). An after-care program is being planned as well, and overall tuition is likely to be on the lower end of SF private schools' fee schedule. (GAIS itself also offers discounts & financial aid, but the fee details for the SF satellite are yet to be finalized).

Below is more info on GAIS (from their website):

Please get in touch with Katrin (kinderhauskatrin@yahoo.com) by Oct 23 (this Saturday) if you're interested in learning more or in supporting this effort.

(PS - You don't need to speak German to participate. .. GAIS is proud to draw on a large percentage of families of international and/or american backgrounds for their program).

GAIS was founded by parents like you with a commitment to international education and the goal to educate critical thinkers for tomorrow's world. Today, the school represents a dynamic international community of over 20 nationalities, sharing the vision of strong family values, supporting environment, positive challenges, and an inquisitive and fun approach to learning and life. From preschool through 8th grade, we immerse the students in the German language and international culture, as well as embrace the American culture and local school standards. Our students perform exceptionally well in both US and European tests and continue their education at some of the best schools in the region and around the world.

At GAIS, we challenge the students from early on to take risks, to explore deeper, to question the obvious and to articulate their opinions in both German and in English.
Academic Excellence
* The Elementary School Curriculum is integrated and transdisciplinary according to the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program (IBPYP).
* Academic achievement is measured against world-wide norms using the International Schools Assessment tool.
* Bi-lingual program in German and English with over 75 percent of instruction in German.

Great Learning Environment
* Dedicated faculty and low class sizes ensure positive relationships and a high level of student attention and engagement.
* The GAIS inquiry-based program fosters a young child's natural curiosity for learning.
* A school-wide focus on communication skills, global citizenship and leadership.
* International focus in all activities and events (To give a sense of the curriculum, the GAIS 1st grade spends 8 hours per week on German, 8 hours on English, (adding Spanish or French in 5th Grade), 5 hours on Math, 5 on Social Studies & Science, 2 hours on Music, 2 hours on Art, 1 on Technology/IT, and 2 on P.E. (all per week). See their website for more information on the school program & philosophy: