The East Bay German International School (EBGIS) is a dual-language immersion school offering preschool through ninth-grade programs. Its integrated curriculum features project-based learning and an international perspective. Small class sizes allow EBGIS teachers to nurture and support each student based on their unique needs.
The EBGIS Early Childhood Program employs a play-based and project-oriented approach widely used in Germany. The highly trained and experienced international faculty uses early immersion principles to expand children’s communicative competencies in German and English. In-class projects are developed by an interdisciplinary team based on seasonal rhythms and students’ interests. A pre-academic curriculum including language, intercultural studies, science, mathematics, music, movement and art is taught in an engaging and developmentally appropriate way. Social and emotional skills development infuses every school day.
EBGIS prioritizes in-person instruction with rigorous health and safety measures. Touchless check-in/check-out, regular handwashing at newly installed touchless sinks, and frequent access to an array of outdoor play spaces are just some of the adaptations maximizing the safety of students, staff and families.
No prior knowledge of German is needed for admission to EBGIS Preschool or Kindergarten. Students acquire German by immersion through daily routines, activities and interactions. Teachers nurture language development through intentional conversations, visual materials, gestures and modeling. EBGIS preschoolers and kindergarteners – more than half of whom do not speak German at home – transition successfully to the EBGIS grades program.
EBGIS accepts preschool students beginning at 24 months of age. The regular school day runs from 8:30am to 2pm with drop-off beginning at 8am. Extended day options are available until 6pm.
The spacious and centrally located campus features large modern classrooms with ample natural light, a bilingual library, and generous indoor and outdoor play spaces. The preschool program includes a dedicated mini-campus adjacent to the main school campus.
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