German International School Washington D.C.

8617 Chateau Dr., Potomac, MD 20854 | | 301-767-3807

Overview of school type:

  • Schedule: Full time or half day with afternoon enrichment or late pickup options
  • Not a parent co-op
  • Curriculum: German early childhood curriculum; play-based, multicultural, 2-year-old group; 3- and 4-year-olds in mixed aged groups
  • Secular
  • Language offerings: German immersion

Profile: German International School Washington D.C. (GISW) preschool is in a wonderful, child-friendly building where work is done by hand, through imagination, and while having fun. Activities are designed to stimulate the senses and promote fine and gross motor skills. Our goal is to help children become strong, competent, and self-confident. We follow a German preschool curriculum model that includes four major experience areas:

  1. Personal skills—I am myself: Children develop confidence in their physical and mental abilities and learn to estimate them appropriately, take responsibility, and act responsibly.
  2. Method skills—This is the way I do it: Children develop learning strategies and techniques for themselves and implement these to complete the task at hand in a suitable manner, developing both creativity and imagination.
  3. Social skills—Together we are strong: Children develop trusting relationships with other children and teachers. They learn to cooperate, live together, and take on responsibility. In conflicts, they learn to accept one another’s opinion and work together to develop problem-solving strategies in a peaceful manner.
  4. Specific skills—Show me something: Activities stimulate curiosity through playing and sharing experiences. Children are allowed space and time to discover and develop their own manner of expression.

Class offerings:

  • Morning program for all groups: 8 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
  • Afternoon enrichment option: 1:30–2:45 p.m.
  • Extended care option: 2:45–4:45 p.m. with pickup until 5 p.m.

Enrichment offerings: Weekly music lesson, monthly Zumba classes, and twice weekly language classes

Openings for 2019–2020: Please inquire

Openings for 2020–2021: Yes

Minimum enrollment age: 2 years old at time of enrollment

Due date for enrollment applications: Rolling admissions, with waitlist option

Last updated: Sept. 28, 2019

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