In German, “kindergarten” literally means a “garden for children” and as parents you know it’s where your child’s love of learning takes root.

At German International School, your child’s passport to a lifetime of international learning awaits. With small class sizes for preschool students—and all the way through 5th grade— German International School offers your kleine kinder an unforgettable, inclusive educational experience unlike any other. Here’s why you’ll want to check out Portland’s premier international school for yourself:

  • German International School is an International Baccalaureate World School and one of seven North American German Schools Abroad that is accredited by the Federal Republic of Germany’s Central Office for Schools Abroad (ZFA).
  • As a bilingual school, every home room teacher is a native German speaker. All students—or rather, Studenten—learn German as their first language and English as their second at German International School.
  • A global education can’t be confined to the pages of a book and at German International School, your child’s education includes everything from art, music and phys. ed. to nature field trips, concerts, an annual holiday market, St. Martins Parade and more.

At this school, everyone is willkommen.

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Hear What Other Parents Are Saying:

“What a fantastic school! We were most impressed with GIS for its warm, friendly staff, excellent academic standings and of course the idea of our son being bilingual. We have no ties to Germany or the German language and yet feel right at home here.”
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“The quality of teachers and other staff is just the icing and cherry on a beautifully layered cake, the blending of both American and German curriculum makes the school’s program a most thorough and well-balanced educational experience.”
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“While you are looking for a safe and nurturing place for your child, somewhere he or she will receive a quality education and in this case, a window to a different place in the world, I urge you to consider our school. I love the sense of community at this school. You also may be surprised at its diversity. They are welcoming to all.”
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