Parent Leadership

Parent Leadership

One of the things that sets German International School Boston apart is the opportunity for parents to meaningfully shape the School through leadership opportunities. You can represent fellow families in your child’s classroom as a member of Parent Council, have fun connecting with other families and “friendraising” with the Parent Association, and focus on fiscal and strategic governance by electing or serving on the Board. Below is a brief summary of each of these opportunities.


GISB is a non-profit membership corporation under Massachusetts law. This means that the organization is governed by a Board of Trustees, elected by the School’s members. Members of German International School Boston are informed about and have a voice in the governance of the School.

All current parents/guardians are strongly encouraged to become members of the corporation and participate in Board elections: it is simple and free to complete a membership application. Membership fees are waived for parents/guardians of current students. To submit an application for membership in order to attend the next Annual Meeting of the Members & Board Election, please email Pia Offenberger, Head of Administration, at

Parent Association

It can easily be argued that this leadership group has the most fun. Best known for coordinating GISB’s glorious annual Christkindlmarkt, the PA organizes events that build community and “friendraise” for special initiatives. Every parent is automatically a member of the Parent Association. Learn all about it here. Please email to ensure that you contribute all of your volunteer hours.

Parent Council

At the start of each school year, every classroom at GISB elects representatives to the Parent Council. The Council meets approximately every six weeks throughout the school year to share information, raise concerns, problem-solve in collaboration with the School administration, and report back to fellow families in the classrooms. The Parent Council also organizes the Staff Appreciation Fund, biannual thank-you gifts to the faculty, and Staff Appreciation Day.