The German International School Washington D.C. is a private, co-educational institution with more than 500 students in preschool through 12th grade, set on a quiet campus in Potomac, Md. Representing more than 20 different nationalities, our student body is truly international, united by a shared interest in German language and culture.
The only full-time German day school in Washington, we offer rigorous academics in a warm, multicultural setting. Graduates receive the globally recognized German International Abitur (DIA) as well as a high-school diploma from the state of Maryland.
We have two academic focus areas: foreign languages and science.
Students gain fluency in at least two languages and achieve mastery of biology, chemistry, and physics. Our teachers prize critical inquiry, teaching students how-not what-to think.
The German International School is accredited by the German Ministry of Education and approved by Maryland Department of Education.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.
Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Prekindergarten-12
Year Founded
Summer School Offered
Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students
558 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 37%
Students by Grade
German International School Washington Dc Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
75 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size
18 students
Number of AP Courses
9 courses
List of Courses Offered
Advanced Courses
Biology, Calculus AB, Chemistry, English Language and Composition, English Literature and Composition, French Language and Culture, German Language and Culture, Physics B, Spanish Language
Matriculation DataMatric. Data
Classroom Dress Code
(No uniforms)

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
Tuition listed is for Grades 10-12. Rates depend on the child's age and grade. Financial aid is available.
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Jeannette A. Dubrey


Total Sports Offered
7 sports


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
7 extracurriculars
Gymnastics, Karate

Club or Organization:
Choir, Drama Club, Model UN, Science, Yearbook

School Notes

  • The German International School Washington is an independent pre-kindergarten through 12th grade school of more than 500 students.
  • We deliver a rigorous bicultural curriculum leading to the German International Abitur (DIA) and the U.S. High School Diploma.
  • Our graduates leave our school with a solid preparation for university work and beyond and attend prestigious international, American and German higher education institutions. Dedicated to the development of globally-minded students, fostering independence, creativity and critical thinking, the German International School places strong emphasis on foreign languages and natural sciences.
  • Knowledge of German is not required for admission through lower Elementary School.
  • By 6th grade, students are fluent in German and English, and on their way to mastering a third language.
  • Our science program starts in 4th grade and our teachers are committed to inspiring all students to apply scientific methods.
With a student body representing over 20 nationalities and 70 teachers from all over the world, we believe that the best education occurs in a school made up of students, families, teachers and staff drawn from many different perspectives and experiences, both nationally and internationally. Located just 15 minutes outside of Washington, our 17-acre campus boast a modern LEED-certified science building, a heated indoor pool, a full-service cafeteria and three libraries including North-America`s largest German youth literature collection.

The German School is one of over 140 recognized German Schools Abroad worldwide, and approved by the Maryland State Department of Education.

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Both our children are at the preschool (2 and 4 years old). We are very happy at the school and would like our children to continue at the school through high school. The teachers are extremely well qualified and caring. We also like the emphasis on science, foreign language acquisition and an overall international education.
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