Our "Lernwerkstatt" for Kibili children at our Mountain View Campus officially opened its doors today.
21st Century Schooling & Digitality
Digital Media Concept
Our school-wide media concept aims at systematically integrating the use of media to foster learning processes throughout all school levels and subjects. Students acquire knowledge, insights, skills and abilities to meet the challenges of a media influenced world. The development and acquisition of the necessary skills for a life in a digital world go beyond basic IT knowledge, so they cannot be assigned to an isolated learning area, but are acquired, practiced and further developed in every subject and every school level. The school's media concept creates a common basis for the active design of the learning environment and lesson organization through an exchange between all those involved in the school.
Graphic: Phillipe Wampfler
Technology in the Classroom
- Modern conferencing system, Interactive Whiteboards etc
- Laptops and tablets:
- Classroom computers (grades 1-3)
- iPads (grades 4-7)
- Personal laptops (grade 8-12)
- Learning Management System:
- Online learning programs / apps
The Virtual Classroom
- Collaborations with other classes and/or schools or institutions
- Experts visit classrooms
Computer Science Classes & Afternoon Activities
- Core curriculum of grades 5, 7, 10 and up
- extracurricular programming
- activities in grades 4,6,8,9
From the Classroom
Check out the latest "Didacta" issue (3/2023, page 32) to read the insightful interview with Thomas Spahn, former Head of School (interim) at GISSV.
Our GISSV Entrepreneur Club headed by Martin Lentzen invited the school community to a Shark Tank event on Tuesday - with impressive student pitches, and fantastic speakers and panel.
GISSV students and teachers visited HPI, discussing AI, education reinvention, and potential collaborations, with the students' startup pitches receiving enthusiasm for possible participation in the incubator program.
We are thrilled to share that GISSV has won the prestigious first prize
We are pleased to announce that GISSV was awarded as a Smart School for the first time this year.
The German bestselling author read from her home in Bavaria for our middle school students in Mountain View and San Francisco. Reading encouragement at its best!
Our 9th graders got professional support for their blog project
The students attend the German Startup Night 2023, a pitch and networking event celebrating German startups.
Last week, our 10th graders explored the world of AI through an interdisciplinary project that combines ethics, economics, and IT.
GISSV has once again been recognized as a Digitale Schule (digital school) by the MINT Zukunft schaffen Association.
With a total of 136 students from grades 5-12 (from both our campuses), GISSV took part in the Jugendwettbewerb Informatik in March/April 2022.
Our GISSV Entrepreneur Club headed by Martin Lentzen invited the school community to a Shark Tank event last week - with impressive student pitches, and fantastic speakers and panel.
GISSV is featured in the first-quarter issue 2022 of the magazine 'ON - Lernen In der digitalen Welt' (Learning in a Digital World) by Friedrich Verlag GmbH.
On International Women’s Day, journalist Marie-Astrid Langer talked to our 11th and 12th graders about Kamala Harris.
For the Women's Day event we welcomed special guest Beate Antonich and inspiring speaker Caterina Mandel.
GISSV students from Elementary to High School participated in the German computer science competition. Congratulations on the great results!
GISSV's 11th graders and Ethics teacher Vera Kress took part in a conference on Media Literacy hosted by the Aspen Institute Germany.
They contributed to a Handbook and Podcast - Now available!
"Shaping the Future of Entrepreneurship in Germany and the US" - a Wunderbar Together initiative
GISSV, together with five other German Schools Abroad, was honored as “MINT-friendly school” (MINT is the German equivalent for STEM) in 2021.
Organized by our History & Music departments, our 8-12th graders commemorated the 20th anniversary of 9/11 today with an online event.
How will AI shape our future, and to what extent should we let AI control and shape our lives?
At our Entrepreneurs club, students learn to iterate rapidly to develop their ideas. Rapid iteration and inventiveness were certainly needed in the last school year and in our club, too.
Prof. Dr. Meinel, Director & CEO of HPI; KMK President Ministerin Ernst, Head of the ZfA Fr. Toledo, and Consul General Südbeck
Three of our students took part in the Los Altos Sunset Rotary Club Speech Contest through GISSV’s Interact Club (presided by Mila Q. K. and Kimi J., grade 12).
The "first child of the civil rights movement”, daughter of Reverend Abernathy and godchild of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., visited us in our "virtual classroom(s)".
Last week, we kicked off this year’s High School AI Project with GISSV and the Evangelisch Stiftisches Gymnasium Gütersloh (ESG Gütersloh).
Recognized for Closing the Gender Gap in AP Computer Science Principles
GISSV Head of School Kathrin Röschel gave WirtschaftsWoche - the German business news magazine - an interview on digital education.
Thank you to US Triathlete and Olympic hopeful Tony Smoragiewicz who gave an inspiring talk to our athletics groups!
Middle and High School students have been invited to a special screening at Berlin & Beyond - In Focus.
US Speedskating athletes and Olympic hopefuls Erin Jackson and Kimi Goetz joined our Soaring Eagle Fitness Class.
Being in Distance Learning for a few months Vice HoS Jenny Jungeblut reflected on the learnings of this experience and the opportunities it brings for improvement and development back in the classroom - as well as life after the pandemic in general.
Professor of physics, jazz musician, and book author Stephon Alexander gave an inspiring talk for our high school students.
GISSV is "MINT-freundliche & Digitale Schule" = STEM Friendly and Digital School.
GISSV's learning platform NERDL is a helpful tool for distance learning in Silicon Valley as well as other German schools.
"Schule in der Coronakrise - wie kann Fernunterricht gelingen?" (German article)
The COVID-19 crisis has accelerated the push for digital and remote learning environments and applications.
High School students kicked off an interdisciplinary, transatlantic project researching the impact of developments in the field of artificial intelligence (AI).
Teachers and students from both our campuses take part in a special translation project.
GISSV High School students interested in chemistry and computer science went on a special field trip to Stanford University to join postgraduate Stefan Seritan for his presentation on Theoretical Chemistry.*
Thanks to GISSV parent Martin Barthel the students of our Entrepreneur Club got the chance to visit the Facebook headquarter.
During a Startup Day right before the Christmas break the GISSV Entrepreneur Club worked on startup ideas, met real founders at a co-working space and went to a pitch event in Palo Alto.
Congratulations to our GISSV students, Nicolas and Julian, on their launch of their carpool setup platform called "Shlingl"
The first GISSV Shark Tank event took place, featuring two amazing presentations from parents of our school, sharing their professional experiences.
Connected via video messages our Mountain View Kindergarten classes collaborate with a school in Poland.
Organized by the Montag Stiftung a German delegation visited the GISSV Mountain View campus.
GISSV's 10th graders have been working in a cross-curricular and transatlantic project on the implications of the development in the area of Artificial Intelligence.
Thank you to "Google Translate Star" (Forbes) Dr. Franz Josef Och who gave a talk to our 10th graders supporting their AI project.
We have been honored to have Simona Szakács Behling, a researcher from the Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research.
Our 10th graders got support in their research on the global classroom project "Artificial Intelligence" by experts from Daimler-Benz.
GISSV's grade 10 together with students from the Netherlands started a global classroom project on Artificial Intelligence.
Mountain View's 8th graders learned about virtual reality, 3D printing and more.
Mountain View's 6b went on a treasure hunt in the Computer History Museum.
Grade 9-11 students are developing ideas for reducing the ecological footprint and producing less waste.
GISSV 10th and 11th graders immersed themselves in the world of entrepreneurship and business at the recent "Startup Grind" conference in Redwood City.
Mountain View 10th graders had the opportunity to experience the work of a startup first-hand.
Accreditations & Awards
In 2023 GISSV was awarded as a Smart School for the first time. Annually, 15 schools in Germany win this prestigious award. This makes us one of over 100 digital pioneering schools in Germany and the first German International School Abroad to belong to the nationwide Smart School network.
GISSV won in the "Students Building Bridges Worldwide" 2023 competition for German Schools Abroad, organized by the German Chamber of Commerce (DIHK). The prize, which was endowed with €60,000, is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our students, teachers, and staff. Congratulations to all for this incredible accomplishment!
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AP Course Computer Science Principles
The AP course Computer Science Principles, offered for the first time at GISSV by the Computer Science Department in the 2019-20 school year, was very successful in many ways. Among other things, GISSV received the AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award from the College Board. This award is given to schools where more than 50% female graduates complete the course.