AG Descriptions

Art Workshop, Toy Design, Grades 1 - 4

Who would not want to make their own toys with a creative twist? This class is a play on sculpture, drawing and painting. We will be making both 2-dimensional (board games, puzzles) and 3-dimensions (pull-toys, bobble heads, and more!) toys focusing on making toys that "work" and are of course, beautifully creative and colorful.

Badminton, Grades 6 - 12

Du hast für den Nachmittag am Montag noch keine Beschäftigung? Du möchtest sportlich aktiv sein und dabei Spaß haben? Du hast generelles Interesse am Sport Badminton und möchtest diesen mal ausprobieren? Dann melde dich doch für die Badminton AG an. Wir werden die Grundlagen durchgehen, dich durch spielerisches Lernen mit Schläger und Ball vertraut machen und natürlich viel Badminton spielen. 

Band | Jazz Ensemble, Popcorn Band, Grades 5 - 8

Prerequisites: Basic ability on instrument with preliminary assessment by Mr. Alberti

The Jazz Ensemble I course is an introduction and grooming of student musicians in the performance and language of jazz/pop music. Class occurs in a performance-based, workshop format, with jazz combo instrumentation. Students will study, rehearse, and, ultimately, perform a variety of music from the wide jazz spectrum. Topics covered include instrument roles in rock, funk and jazz/swing styles, 12-bar blues, beginning improvisation/jazz theory, major key chord progressions/harmony, lead sheet interpretation, etc. Required performances include the annual Winter Concert and Spring or Summer Concert. Students will be notified of any additional performances at the beginning of each semester.

Band | Jazz Ensemble, The Real Band, Grades 9 - 12

Prerequisites: Jazz Ensemble I and permission and/or assessment by Mr. Alberti

The Jazz Ensemble II course is a continuation of the Jazz Ensemble I curriculum (see above). This course continues grooming student musicians/groups in the authentic performance and diverse language of jazz/contemporary music. New content included: Standard jazz repertoire, Afro Cuban and fusion styles, continuing improvisation/jazz theory, minor key and advanced chord progressions/harmony. Required performances include the annual Winter Concert, Spring Concert or Summer Concert and possibly one or two additional school functions in and outside the school (e.g. church concert or during Graduation ceremony). All students will be notified of all performances at the beginning of each semester. 

Basketball I, Grades 3 - 5

Students will learn the basic fundamentals, rules, sportsmanship and modified fun games that lead up to real tournaments and gameplay.

Basketball II, Grades 6 - 8

Students will practice and learn fundamental drills, the importance of team work, individual skill sets, and participate in games.

Basketball III, Grades 9 - 12

Students will practice and learn fundamental drills, the importance of team work, individual skill sets, and participate in game

Chess, Grades 1 - 6

Looking to help your children improve their critical thinking abilities, their creativity, problem-solving, memory, and self-confidence? Excel through chess!

Please read the flyer for more information regarding chess! LINK

Chinese I (beginner), Grades 2 - 4

Ni hao! Mandarin is a language that many people speak all over the world today, and it is a popular choice for language learners. The focus of this beginner's class is the spoken language, although your child will learn how to write and read Chinese characters as well. Some effort is required - but in a fun and welcoming environment it will feel like a Shanghai Breeze! 

Chinese II (intermediate), Grades 3 & 4

Well done! Your child is on the right path to adding on to his/her existing basic knowledge of Mandarin Chinese. This class is for students who have taken Chinese I the previous school year, or have acquired  a foundation of the language through other means. Like Chinese I, this class is designed to offer a positive, play-based approach to learning the spoken language, the writing system and about culture. Students will take ownership of their learning by choosing between different learning options to deepen their knowledge whenever possible. With the right support from home, your child will rise to the challenge!

Choir | Twinkling Stars, Grades 1 - 4

In the GISNY Lower School Choir, students of grades 1-4 have the opportunity to develop and nurture a love for singing from an early age on. We will learn songs in different languages, and perform in concert and at special school occasions. In addition, we will participate in the  American Young Voices Concert at Prudential Center in New Jersey this year ( Please sign up via Signup Genius.


Choir | Troubadix, Grades 5 - 8

We invite students from grades 5-8 to join GISNY's first Middle/Upper School choir. We will work on vocal technique, harmonies, and how to sing safely and with joy through the voice change. We will perform choral arrangements in several music styles, from classical repertoire to contemporary songs (musical theatre, jazz, and pop). In addition, we will participate in the  American Young Voices Concert at Prudential Center in New Jersey this year ( Please sign up via Signup Genius.

Choir | GISNY Youth and Adult Choir, Grades 9 - 12 and adults

The GISNY Youth and Adult choir (grades 9-12, teachers and parents) will prepare and perform a varied repertoire of sacred and secular compositions from around the world. We will focus on vocal technique and choral blend, and also dive into group improvisation. All voice types are welcome! Rehearsals will take place in the GISNY auditorium on Tuesday evenings at 7:30pm. Please meet Dr. DeGraf in front of the Aula.

Coding I Scratch (beginner), Grades 2 - 4

In this class students will be introduce to logic of coding and programming through SCRATCH, the coding language developed by M.I.T. for children. Through use of graphical, drag and drop  interface, students learn how to create simple programs that are fun, animated and personalized. We follow the Creative Computing curriculum introduced by Harvard Graduate School of Education. Each class contains a separate lesson in Scratch and students can share their work with their families at the end of class. 

Coding II Game Designer (advanced) , Grades 3 - 4

Learn how to create simple games in Scratch by developing coding that makes your characters interact in the way you choose. By building a basic game, students learn key programming techniques such as repetitions, loops, scoring, variables and other techniques that make a game compelling and something to share with others.

Students must have completed Coding I to enroll or have prior knowledge in "Scratch".

Computer, Grades 4 - 6

This AG focuses on important computer skills, such as: typing and understanding basic computer programs (PPT, IMovie, Word, etc. The AG utilizes Chromebooks and IPads. Students are taught in an informal , interactive, fun atmosphere where they are encouraged to work with partners, small groups, and learn through games.

English | ESL, Grades 1 - 4

This English AG is designed to provide students in grades 1- 4 an opportunity to learn and practice English in a relaxed environment. We will read books, play games and do crafts, and activities related to the seasons, holidays and American traditions, among other topics.

English | Advanced, Grades 1 - 4

This English AG provides the students in grades 1-4 an opportunity to practice English through a variety of activities including reading, games, and creative projects.

English Journalism, Grades 8 - 12

Are you interested in current events? Do you like to debate issues? Are you interested in what’s going on in your school? Or is music, theatre or sports your passion? Then the Junior Journalism AG for 7th and 8th graders is for you!

Students will discover the important people and events in journalistic history, and learn about new technologies that affect how news is disseminated. They will learn to find story ideas, identify and evaluate sources of information, and use approved conventions to cite sources. They will practice interviewing techniques and procedures, and how to organize and structure a story. Our work will be showcased on our school’s news site, The Lens (

Entrepreneurship Club LaunchX, Grades 9, 10 and 12

The LaunchX entrepreneurship Club is a program run by students to build a company during the school year. Your task is to create a real startup - to solve a real need in a differentiated way. The focus is on taking action, learning from results, and making changes to improve your chances of success! For more information take a look at http:/


Launch X by MIT will hand curriculum off to motivated and forward thinking teens so you can build a startup throughout the school year. Individual Certifications issued by EDX MIT can be purchased optionally. A Demo Day will be offered to students at GISNY with a panel, where the students will pitch their ideas and project development. Field trip to a Start-up accelerator will be offered as per request.

Field Hockey, Grades 3 - 5

Egal ob Anfänger oder mit Spielerfahrung, hier ist jede/r willkommen, der Spaß am Sport hat. Die Hockey-AG soll Freude an der Bewegung und Spaß am Hockeyspiel vermitteln. Am Anfang steht der spielerische Charakter möglichst lange im Vordergrund. 

Games (Gesellschaftsspiele), Grades 1 - 3

We play different board games, card games and will make our own board game.

Green School, Grades 5 - 12

Liegt dir die Umwelt am Herzen? Findest du es wichtig, dass unsere Schule so umweltfreundlich wir möglich ist? Hast du Lust und Interesse, dich für unsere Green School einzusetzen? 

Dann bist du in unserer AG genau richtig! Wir beschäftigen uns mit wichtigen Umweltthemen innerhalb und außerhalb der Schule und schaffen "awareness" in der Schulgemeinschaft für Natur- und Umweltschutz, z.B. durch Wettbewerbe, Information und Aktionen. Deine eigenen Ideen sind gefragt! Die Treffen finden im zweiwöchigen Rhythmus und nach Absprache statt. Bei Interesse kontaktiere bitte Frau Petereit persönlich oder unter 

Handball, Grades 5 - 8

Handball spielen für Anfänger und Fortgeschrittene, jeder ist willkommen.

Der Spaß am Spiel steht hierbei klar im Vordergrund. Je nach Können und Wollen der Schüler werden Übungen zur Verbesserung der Pass- und Wurftechniken vorgeschaltet. Die Verbesserung der Spielfähigkeit wird durch viel Spielen erreicht. 

Human Rights Club, Grades 9 -12

Jaguar Marimba (advanced), Grades 3 & 4

The Jaguar and Majagwa Marimba groups are inviting all students to discover their love for music, for playing in an ensemble and to realize, every single person has his/her own unique voice and place in the the world of music. Marimbas and Zimbabwean Marimba music styles are offering a relative easy and quick access to all major aspects of music : rhythm, harmony, melody, ensemble playing, soloing, ear-training, general musicianship, etc. . Being community oriented, this music allows even the beginning student to gain rich, colorful and valuable musical experiences. The repertoire of our groups includes traditional, Zimbabwean “ Ur-texte“, pieces, taught at “ Kwanangoma College “, the leading Music College of Zimbabwe, and written by Alport Mhlanga, the Grandfather of this music, simple African folk and children songs, Ghanaian percussion arrangements, Marimba pieces by American composers, American Pop songs and Cuban Latin Jazz.

For students with one year of private music education or one year of Jaguar l.

Jaguar Marimba, Grades 5 - 8

see Jaguar Marimba

For students with at least one year of private music education or two years of Jaguar I.

Lernen lernen, Grade 5 a) and b)

The students will work on  the following topics: Arrangement and organization of workplace; Creating and implementing of  daily and weekly schedules for Gymnasium requirements (time management); Individual teaching and learning styles (learning group determination); Concentration, relaxation techniques and mnemonics; Social and multiple intelligence(s).

Majaqawa Marimba, Grades 7 - 12

ee Jaguar Marimba

For students with two years or regular lessons on any instrument or two years of Jaguar Marimba II .

Marimba, African Drumming (Beginners), Grades 3 & 4

 see Jaguar Marimba

For students with little or no private music education and for those, wanting to drum only.

Model UN, Grade 11

Students interested in discussing and debating current issues and want to share their views with other high school students from around the world should join the Model UN AG. We will meet to prepare for the National High School Model United Nations (NHSMUN) conference in March 2019.

NHSMUN is the world's largest Model UN conference for secondary school students, with hundreds of schools and thousands of delegates attending from around the world. The conference is held at the New York Hilton Midtown and the United Nations Headquarters.

In this AG the students will learn how to debate and respond appropriately to speeches. As preparation for the topics to be discussed at the conference, students also have to write position papers to attend the conference in a professional manner.

This AG is open to students from grade 10 to 12.

For further information please see the website of NHSMUN

Running Club, Grades 2 - 5

Students will play running games, team games, and learn about the sport of running. We also participate in fun runs and races throughout New York.  Practices are for students in grades 2nd to 6th, but parents, families, and friends can join us for the weekend races.  Please contact Jacqlyne for more information and the online schedule:

Soccer Shots, Grades 1 & 2

Soccer I, Grades 3 - 5

Students will learn the basic fundamentals, rules, sportsmanship and modified fun games that lead up to real tournaments and gameplay.

Soccer II, Grades 6 - 9

Students will practice and learn fundamental drills, the importance of team work, individual skill sets, and participate in games.

Sport, Grades 1 & 2

Students will play a variety of games and sports.  We play partner and team games to work on different skills and coordination.  We meet in the gym, so please wear sneakers and bring sports clothing. Let's get moving!

Sport & Fitness, Grades 5 - 8

In Sport and Fitness we offer a variety of sports and fitness activities.  Individual sports ranging from badminton to box ball. Outdoor games, team sports, yoga, fitness, and more.

String Ensemble Grades 2-5

Playing in a string ensemble is the ideal first orchestral experience for children that play a string instrument. This course will provide the tools a child needs in order to interact musically and social with other musicians in an ensemble. The course will also strengthen the children's basic proficiency at playing a stringed instrument and reading musical notation.

The structure of the course will be based on a one hour string ensemble rehearsal, as well as 30 minutes coaching of selected groups if needed.

Materials required: Children must provide the instrument, a shoulder rest (for violin and viola) or a rock stop (for cello), method book, rosin, spare strings, as well as other supplies that might be required in the future.

Swiss Club, Grades 1 - 5

We speak the Swiss German dialect during AG hours, learn some geography and history of Switzerland, get to know Swiss stories, sing Swiss songs and make the table decoration for the Raclette-Stube.


Theater I, Grades 5 & 6, | Theater II, Grades 7 - 12

With our help one can learn to act. We look forward to students who like to act and perform. It is most important to memorize the text of one's part and to attend the classes with regularity. We will perform for an Open Audience in the second half of the school year. On our playlist for the coming school year are: Pinocchio von Carlo Collodi; A Glass of Water by Eugene Scribe; Antigone by Jean Anouilh ....... to name some.  
Theaterspielen kann man mit Hilfe lernen. Wir freuen uns auf SchülerInnen, die gerne Theater spielen wollen. Es ist sehr wichtig, dass man Texte auswendig lernt, regelmäßig an den Proben teilnimmt und gerne mit anderen zusammenarbeitet. Endziel ist, dass das einstudierte Stück zur öffentlichen Aufführung im zweiten Halbjahr kommt. Für die neue Spielzeit stehen unter anderem auf dem Programm: Pinocchio von Carlo Collodi; A Glass of Water von Eugene Scribe; Antigone von Jean Anouilh......

Yearbook, Grades 9 - 12

Yoga, Grades 1 - 4

In this AG the children learn to center and strengthen themselves in a playful way by using their body, breath and brain. They practice yoga and mindfulness with stories, songs, games as well as arts and crafts.