A Dynamic, Cohesive Experience from Grade to Grade
GISSV’s preschool-12 structure and broad liberal arts-based educational approach enables us to integrate hands-on learning activities, creativity and academic challenges into the school experience at every age. While fully immersed in the German and English languages, our students are exposed to a broad variety of academic subjects, extracurricular activities, community service opportunities, professional experts, and real-life experiences that equip them with a comprehensive outlook on the world, their abilities and talents, and the different academic fields of study.
We place the needs and interests of students at the center and help our students be well-rounded, socially responsible, linguistically competent and culturally aware. Our program is designed to develop the whole child to prepare each student to enter the world with the tools and knowledge to succeed in the 21st century. Our outstanding faculty and small class sizes are essential components of GISSV. Our innovative, individualized teaching techniques, comprehensive curriculum and support systems ensure a motivating and exciting learning environment for all students.
Dual Language Learning
Our dual language education nurtures an awareness for different cultures and countries and instills a deep appreciation of diversity in our students, who grow up to be true world citizens.
GISSV's dual-immersion concept is designed for the needs of international students, regardless of the language spoken at home. It offers children an effortless, natural language acquisition in both German and English. At GISSV, both languages are used for social as well as academic communication. > Learn more
All GISSV programs are bilingual German/English and based on the German curriculum of the state of Thuringia, which is known and respected for its well-balanced educational approach, fostering interests across all academic disciplines as well as social-emotional competency, critical thinking, artistic expression and physical motor skills.
Our curricula for English, American History and Economics are based on the Common Core Standards. We feature a strong science program and are a recognized MINT (the German equivalent to STEM) school. Specialty classes such as sports, music, art, as well as third and fourth languages, all taught by professionally credentialed specialists, are an integral part of the day at GISSV. Our curriculum is supported and enhanced by comprehensive science and technology resources, such as SMART boards, iPads, laptops and supplies for hands-on science experiments. The shared curriculum approach of all GISSV programs enables a smooth transition between all grade levels for our students.
At GISSV (Mountain View), students graduate with two diplomas: the American High School Diploma and the German International Abitur.
Our teachers are at the heart of the GISSV experience. We pride ourselves in our caring, highly qualified, experienced and international faculty, most of whom have gone through Germany’s rigorous teacher training and hold an advanced German degree (Master's equivalent). We believe in the importance of continuity and a strong bond between student and teacher for optimal learning success. Most of our teachers stay with a class as homeroom teacher throughout the course of one four-year school division.