Ever wish you mastered another language as a child? When kids have a bilingual education, they’re challenged daily to step out of their comfort zone and connect language to the world around them. Becoming bilingual gives children the tools to thrive in many aspects of their lives—now and in the future. Dual language programs help develop critical thinking skills, foster creativity, boost problem-solving capabilities, and improve cognitive performance.
At the German International School in Beaverton, children learn in a supportive environment dedicated to helping them grow into well-rounded, global citizens. GIS is an International Baccalaureate School, featuring German and Mandarin language immersion, and serving two-year-old’s through 5th grade.
Early Learners Discover Language
Students in the preschool and kindergarten programs at GIS begin making important connections through play-based education, as well as interaction with teachers and native-speaking peers. Children are exposed to German or Chinese (depending on the chosen track) and English through stories, songs, art, movement and immersion-style instruction—building important communication skills and preparing for the transition to the full immersion program. Previous Chinese or German language experience is not required to enroll in preschool or kindergarten.
It’s a Collaborative Community with Student-Centered Learning
The German International School is an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School, committed to developing knowledgeable, caring, bilingual world citizens. The IB program focuses on cognitive development, as well as the social, emotional and physical well-being of each student. The program's aim is to shape inquiring, internationally-minded students, who are culturally aware, prepared with skills to tackle society’s complex challenges and seek to create a better world.
Small Classes Set Kids up for Success
Small class sizes help young learners succeed in Chinese or German immersion. From the classroom to the outdoors, this tight-knit community of students is provided with thoughtful environments and experiences that spark curiosity as they explore. By interacting with warm, knowledgeable teachers and friends of various cultures, kids at GIS become well equipped to connect with a wide variety of people from all around the globe.
Learning Extends Beyond the Classroom
GIS students also learn through music, art, and PE. These specials give students fresh perspectives and ways of experiencing what they’ve learned in the classroom through different mediums. No matter the activity, students have countless opportunities to nurture their curiosity with inquiry-based learning. With a focus on empathy, the school’s Second Step program teaches kids how to recognize and communicate their emotions, so they can be good learners and good friends. Set up a tour today!