German International School Boston

German International School Boston is a bilingual independent school serving students from age 3 to Grade 12.

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School Overview

Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-12
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Year Founded2001

Student Body

Total Students252 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 23%
Students by Grade German International School Boston Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size14 students
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineFeb. 1 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$22,385
Tuition NotesTuition varies based on grade level and pickup time, ranging from $22,385 – $25,485
% on Financial Aid
Admissions DirectorMarion Goodwin


Total Sports Offered8 sports
SportsAlpine Skiing, Cross Fit, Indoor Soccer, Rock Climbing, Soccer, Swimming, Ultimate Frisbee, VolleyballAlpine SkiingCross Fit,
Indoor SoccerRock Climbing,
Ultimate FrisbeeVolleyball,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.7 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
GISB Volunteers, Tutoring Club

Arts and Music Programs:
After School Enrichment Program, GISB Jazz Band

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Soccer Team, Ultimate Frisbee Club, Volleyball

School Notes

  • German International School Boston is a bilingual independent school serving students from age 3 to Grade 12.
  • At GISB, children grow from curious explorers into independent learners. Our mission is to empower students for success in a global world. To us, that means teaching the skills and habits that confident, compassionate, creative global citizens will need.
  • A student who completes our academic program achieves:native-level proficiency in German and English, an advanced math and science education, a Massachusetts High School Diploma, and a German International Abitur.
  • We are proud to be one of only five schools in North America that meet the strict accreditation requirements of the German government, allowing us to award the Abitur. This prestigious honors-level diploma is recognized at European and American universities as an academic distinction.

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School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (5 reviews)
What attracted us to the GISB were high teaching standards, emphasis on independent and group learning, as well as the opportunity to obtain American and international diplomas. Beyond that, we want our children to grow up in a multicultural setting where they interact with innovative, cosmopolitan role models every day. It's a creative learning environment that is establishing a great track record.
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We enrolled our oldest daughter at the GISB seven years ago, back then there were 74 students enrolled. Since then we have seen the student body grow more than twice its size, we have seen the school extend to 12th grade (the first DIAP - Deutsche Internationale Abiturpruefung - was written last year ), saw it awarded the title of "Excellent German School Abroad" (exzellente deutsche Auslandsschule) by the Bund-Lander-Inspection and most important of all, we see our daughter, our son and now since fall 2012 our little one thrive at this school. Not only academically, but also in terms of self confidence and social intelligence. The teachers are young and motivated, the principal does not only have visions but really pulls through with them and the atmosphere is always friendly and like a big family. Our kids love this school and so do we.
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Our children are attending the German International School and so far, we are very pleased with the academic program and the culture of the school. GISB is a unique school offering a bilingual education in German and English, and is one of only 140 "German Schools Abroad" that are supported by the German government. Notably, GISB has received an award of excellence from the German government! The school curriculum and educational philosophy are sometimes difficult to appreciate by some parents coming from a non-European background, but there are many families of various backgrounds who are highly satisfied with the school. So far, our children are very happy at the school and are developing as self-reliant learners and confident individuals. The school has a close-knit parent community and there are plenty of opportunities to interact with other parents, teachers, and administrators through participation in social and academic events. At any given year, GISB students can represent over 15 nationalities, and our young children are already aware of cultural, religious, and ethnic diversities, and are being trained as global citizens. Like any other school, GISB will not fulfill the needs of every parent and every student, but it is a perfect school for our family.
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We moved to Boston a year ago. Coming from Germany with experience in the rigid school system of Bavaria we were very pleased with the multi-cultural environment at GISB. Small class sizes where every kid gets a high level of attention and individualized support helped our teenager son to make a smooth transition within short time. Maybe more importantly, he quickly became part of the community and likes going to GISB a lot. We perceive the quality of teaching as very good. The kids have a tough schedule but are carefully guided. The approach of the school is exceptional and training is focused to grow kids with personality and skills that will help them to meet the challenges of a globalized world. Getting bi-lingual education and training in two additional languages is definitely a plus. Not to forget the Deutsches Abitur and the US High School Diploma. Of course there is always something you would like to improve. However, the community is strong, involved and committed and the cooperation with the school administration very close. In summary: We are very happy with the decision we made and would encourage everyone interested to have a closer look at this school.
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Both my husband and I are German but both our kids were born here. Our older child has been going to the Vorschule (Kindergarten) for 8 months now and it has been a great experience for all of us. Her German has improved tremendously. Despite the less rigorous curriculum compared to public school Kindergarten, she is learning to read, write and do math but with a healthy dose of self-motivation while still being given ample time to follow her creativity and imagination. It is also great to have such a tight school community where parents and teachers support each other and parents can have an influence on the development of the school if they want to.
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