Holger Wirtz takes the role as the new Head of School for GISB, a bilingual private school in Boston. About 280 students attend the school from Preschool to Grade 12. The German-born Wirtz is looking forward to the new opportunity in the metropolis on the US East Coast.
From Lower Saxony to Boston: Holger Wirtz, the new Head of School of the German International School in Boston, started his new role at the beginning of August – after prevailing against a large number of applicants in a multi-stage selection process. He will be leading the international private school with around 280 students and a team of 50 teachers in the upcoming six years.
“I am looking forward to the new challenge in this intercultural environment and to meeting the school family. GISB’s highly motivated school community offers a unique educational opportunity to students in Boston,” says Wirtz.
A family’s move across the pond
The 52-year-old has experience as a school principal: Prior to this job, he was the chairman of a school board consisting of several members at the Wilhelm-Busch-Gymnasium in Stadthagen, Lower Saxony, for seven years. Together with his wife and the youngest of their three sons, he now moved to the capital of Massachusetts; the two older sons pursue their studies in Germany. From the end of August on, the youngest will also attend classes at GISB. The school is located in a famous neighborhood, close to the elite institutions of Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
The new Head of School is particularly looking forward to one special school event: “Being a native Rhinelander, I am of course very excited about the carnival party in the coming school year!”
German International School Boston
German International School Boston (GISB) is a bilingual private school for students from age 3 to Grade 12. It is one of only seven German schools abroad in North America that meet the strict accreditation requirements of the Federal Republic of Germany. It follows the Thuringian curriculum and also adheres to the requirements of the Massachusetts curriculum. Therefore, students have the opportunity to receive both a High School Diploma and the German International Abitur at the end of their school careers. This gives them the opportunity to continue their education at both American and German universities.