Preschool-12 Bilingual Education in
Three Locations in the Bay Area

High School (9-12)

The GISSV high school features a challenging and engaging college preparatory program in compliance with the German curriculum as well as the American “a-g” subject requirements.

We are accredited by WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges) and a provisional member of the CAIS (California Association of Independent Schools). Our students graduate with dual, bilingual diplomas, the German lnternational Abitur (DIA) as well as the American High School Diploma, enabling them to qualify for admission to universities in the U.S., Germany and other European countries.

Our multi-faceted curriculum is designed to prepare students for college and for life. We create an environment that values collaboration, inquiry, debate, independence and critical thinking. Teachers set high standards and work closely with students to help them develop successful work habits in all subject areas. Several courses from various academic disciplines can be taken for Advanced Placement (AP) credit. As part of the ambitious DIA requirements, students also deepen their knowledge and pass final exams in five fields of study of their choosing.

In addition to the rigorous academic program, we offer a variety of activities that connect students with each other and the world around them. Over the course of our four-year program, students participate in an internship program, plan and go on community-building overnight trips, work on in-depth research projects, compete in international contests in various subject areas and get the chance to learn from experts in diverse fields who visit our classrooms. They volunteer in our local communities, collaborate with peers from the German School in Boston, and have the opportunity to participate in student exchange programs with our international partner schools in Germany, Chile and France.

Our in-house college and career counselors help students and parents navigate the path to educational opportunities beyond high school. Working closely with each student, the counselors establish clearly defined and realistic academic goals and support students in developing their interests and exploring and defining their talents. Students leave GISSV as confident young adults who are ready to explore a world of opportunities.

Post-High School Placement

98-100% of our students have been accepted to four-year universities in both the U.S. and Europe, including high-profile institutions such as UC Berkeley, UCLA, Stanford University, University of Munich, University of Dresden and University of Hamburg.

Awards and Distinctions

Among our students’ awards and distinctions are a prestigious full-paid DAAD scholarship for four years of study in Germany for a non-native speaker, a first place winner of the “Volkswagen Group of America Student Innovation Prize”, a National Hispanic Heritage scholar, a presidential scholarship to the University of Boston, a National Merit Commended student and several AP scholars with honors and distinction.

The Core Curriculum


Subjects

Language of Instruction

Grade 9

Grade 10

Grade 11

Grade 12

German

German

4444

English

English4444

Spanish/French

Spanish/French

4444

Art

German

1222

Music

German

1000

Geography

Bilingual

2000

History

Bilingual
(grades 9-10);

German
(grades 11-12)

2233

American
History

English

1110

American
Gov’t.

English

0001

Economics

English

2233

Ethics

German

1000

Mathematics

German

4444

Physics

German

2233

Biology

Bilingual

1233

Chemistry

Bilingual

2233

P.E.

German

2222

Minimum periods per week for each grade - 33


Grades Table

American Grades

A+

A

A-

B+ B

B-

C+

C

C-

D

F

German Grades

15/14/13

12/11

10

9/8

7

6

5

4

3/2/1

0

Verbal Grades

1

superior work, exceeds all expectations

2

excellent work, meets all expectations

3

good work

4

acceptable work; 4 points/C- in the Abitur is a non-passing

5

work barely meets requirements

6

work does not meet requirements

Curricula (In German)

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High School FAQs

Does the GISSV High School use multiple choice testing?

All exams leading up to the final Abitur test The 3 Levels of Thinking:

1. Understanding of content and the ability to reproduce a text or mathematical/scientific problem;

2. Analysis, exploration and interpretation of materials;

3. Transfer - the ability of the student to go beyond the text or problem to demonstrate and apply knowledge in another context.

Multiple choice testing is not used in these examinations at GISSV.

Does GISSV offer any student exchange programs?

Yes! There is a 3-month student exchange program with high school students from Dresden, Germany and other exchange programs with a German school in Chile and a school in France.

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What kind of after-school activities are offered for High School students?

Various music programs, musical theater, writer's club, young journalists club, various dance and sports programs, art, robotics, an Interact club and a Model United Nations club and more.

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