College and career guidance at German International School Boston reflects our overall approach of providing each student with tailored support. Our small size allows teachers, and specifically our faculty team providing college guidance, to truly get to know students over the course of years of learning together. Students benefit from one-on-one support in choosing colleges and universities that closely match their interests and strengths. Together with faculty members on the guidance team, each student and their family is provided with information and assistance in preparing application materials for both North American and European institutions of higher learning.
As research demonstrates, standardized tests reflect only limited aspects of students’ knowledge and potential. That said, students have multiple opportunities to take the PSAT and SAT and we are proud of GISB students’ strong performance on these flawed, yet widely used, measures.
Much more indicative of success, in our opinion and that of the admission officers with whom we have spoken, is a young person’s overall academic record. As recipients of the German International Abitur, our graduates hold a widely-recognized honors degree equivalent to a full load of Advanced Placement coursework or an International Baccalaureate. We have learned from our graduates currently attending US colleges that the Abitur is considered at some institutions to be equivalent to introductory courses or general requirements, allowing GISB graduates to skip over first-year work and dive deeply into more advanced courses in subjects they are passionate about.
Our graduates have been accepted to a wide range of institutions in the United States including: Bard College; Bates College; Bennington College; Boston University; Commonwealth Honors College at University of Massachusetts Amherst; DePaul University; Fordham University; New England Institute of Art; The New School; Northeastern University; Saint Mary’s of California; Sarah Lawrence College; Seton Hill University; Smith College; University of Colorado, Colorado Springs; University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA); University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB); University of San Francisco; and Wheaton College. Our graduates have been accepted to the following schools in Europe and South America: Universität Hamburg; Universität Heidelberg; Maastricht University; Universität Münster; Bundeswehruniversität München; University of Valle, Colombia; and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.