Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Below you will find the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions. If you have any questions that are not addressed here, please feel free to contact us at or 617-783-2600 x 12.

What is the difference between Preschool and Kindergarten?

English: Preschool = German: Kindergarten (ages 2.9-5)

English: Kindergarten = German: Vorschule (ages 5-6)

What is the minimum age for admission to Preschool?  Does my child need to be toilet trained?

Children must be 2.9 years old by September 1 of the year in which they will enroll in order to be able to enter our Preschool. They must be completely toilet trained.

What is the difference between the “Full Preschool Program” and the “Early Departure Program”?

Our Full Preschool Program hours are 8:30 am – 4:00 pm. Parents who prefer to pick up their child at 2:00 pm may do so by selecting the Early Departure Program option. Please note that the pick up time for Preschool must be chosen at time of enrollment and is fixed for the year.

Children who are enrolled in the Full Preschool Program have the option to join the regular After School Program from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm at an additional cost.

Does my child need to be fluent in both German and English to attend GISB?

That depends on the grade to which they are applying. Children who apply for admission to our Preschool and Kindergarten programs do not need to speak or understand German. Applicants to Grades 1 – 2  must demonstrate a basic understanding of German. Since many of our subjects are taught exclusively in German, we want to make sure that students are comfortable participating in classroom activities and completing homework assignments in German. Applicants entering grades 3 – 6 who have little to no German language skills may be eligible for the GISB Fast Track, an accelerated language program for strong candidates. Applicants to our Middle and Upper School must be fluent and literate in German.

While it is not necessary that German is spoken at home, it is proven that children who have opportunities to converse and read in German outside of school have an overall easier time achieving fluency and literacy.

English fluency is not required at any grade level. Our outstanding English Department provides differentiated instruction for both the novice and native English speaker alike, from Kindergarten through 12th grade.

Are applicants required to take any tests prior to admission?

While we do not require specific admission tests, applicants whose primary language is not German must be tested by one of our German as a Second Language teachers to ensure that we can meet your child’s language-learning needs. This can be done during a “Schnuppertag” (visit day) or via Skype, if a visit is not possible.

Does GISB have a cafeteria or lunch program?

We do not have a cafeteria, but families have the option to order lunch through Lunches are dropped off at the school mid morning by the smartlunches delivery ambassadors. Each meal is labeled individually with the luncher’s name, classroom and teacher. For more information and frequently asked questions, please visit their website.

Where do I find the supply list for my child’s grade?

The 2016-2017 supply lists for Preschool, Kindergarten, grades 1 & 2, grades 3 & 4, and grades 5 – 10 are listed in the Academics section under Forms & Policies.