In the Lower School, first grade students must demonstrate a basic understanding of German. Second through four grade students must have the ability to perform at grade level in German.
Our Lower School students learn to read fluently and to express themselves clearly in both written and spoken German and English. To establish a solid foundation for the academic rigors of the International Abitur (DIA) curriculum in the Middle and Upper Schools, most subjects are taught in German. But all students receive daily individualized English instruction taught by our outstanding native English-speaking teachers. For those students for whom German is not their first language and who require a little extra help, our DeutschPlus program offers additional support during the school day as well as an optional after-school class.
Our faculty inspire and challenge students to think creatively and critically with a stimulating cross-curricular approach to learning that opens young minds to the complex connections that shape our world. Students develop a solid foundation in mathematics and science and explore diverse topics in art, music, social studies and history. Focus topics such as “the environment,” “farm life” or “the Middle Ages” are explored through library research, writing assignments, art projects, student presentations and short plays. As students move from the Lower School to the Middle School, they are increasingly able to apply this interdisciplinary mode of thinking to form their own linkages between different branches of knowledge.