Frequently Asked Questions

Included here are answers to the most frequently asked questions about the admissions process.  If you have a question that is not addressed here, please feel free to email us at or call +1914.948.6513.
What, if any, are the long-term benefits of a bilingual education for my child?
In short, there are many!  We've highlighted some of the latest research findings on bilingualism with this Infographic.  Our Administration would be happy to talk to you in more detail about how your child will reap lasting rewards from a German International School New York education.
You will also find more detailed information on the German International Abitur (known in German as the Deutsches Internationales Abitur, or DIA for short) at WWW.DIAP.ORG.
Does my child need to be fluent in both German and English to be admitted?  Do we need to speak German at home?
Children do not need to speak or understand German for admission to our Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten programs.  However, applicants to our Lower School (Grades 1 - 4) must demonstrate a basic understanding of German such that they are comfortable participating in classroom activities and homework assignments in German.
While you do not need to speak German at home, those children who have opportunities to converse and read in German outside of school have an overall easier time achieving fluency and literacy.  Applicants to our Middle and Upper Schools must be fluent and literate in German.   However, 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 Pre-K through 12th grade.
What is the minimum age for admission to Pre-Kindergarten?  Does my child need to be toilet trained?
Applicants to our Pre-K program must be three years old by September 1st of the year in which they will enroll and must be completely toilet trained.
What is the admissions process?  What documents must be submitted and what is the application deadline?
For details on our application and enrollment process, as well as all required forms and fees, please see Applying to GIS.  In our aim to keep student:teacher ratios low and teaching quality high, once a grade reaches maximum enrollment we will begin a wait-list and you will be informed if a spot opens up for your child.   We have a rolling admissions process, which means we do not have a firm application deadline.  We receive the majority of applications in the late fall and early winter.  Our Pre-K and Kindergarten classes tend to fill up quickly.  To improve the likelihood that your child will be admitted, we encourage you to submit your application as early as possible.

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