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German International School Toronto

   
980 Dufferin Street, Toronto, Ontario, M6H 4B4

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Curriculum:
Liberal Arts
Grades (Gender):
Preschool to 8 (Coed)
Tuition:
$8,755 to $17,000 /year
Main Language:
German
Avg. Class Size:
5 to 15
Enrolment:
Day: 70 (Gr. PS - 8)

School Address
980 Dufferin Street, Toronto, Ontario, M6H 4B4

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About this school:

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The German International School Toronto provides a unique environment for English and German speaking children. We offer a blended curriculum combining the highest educational standards of Germany and Ontario. Our distinctive Charakter Program prepares students to be ethically-minded and responsible individuals, independent in acting and thinking, who care about others and exemplify high standards of conduct. Small classes, an array of cultural events and extracurricular programs allow students to thrive and excel. — Visit school website




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GIST bases instruction on the curriculum developed in Thüringen, a state at the geographic and cultural heart of Germany. It’s also inspected regularly by officials from that region who come in order to ensure that the school meets the standards set out within the curriculum, something it does for all of the 140 German schools around the globe. They were formed to offer education to German expats, though their popularity grew in response to local demand. The schools offered a quality, a unique pedagogical approach, and a sense of globalism that was hard to find in other institutions. The school provides dual-immersion, admitting students for whom either of the instructional languages are mother tongues. The ideal student is one who is intellectually curious, keen to learn languages, and who is excited by the prospect of learning and living within a rich, diverse, and uniquely authentic cultural environment.





Principal's Message

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Mark Benkelmann, Principal

The German International School Toronto is a private, co-educational, German immersion school which provides students with a unique international perspective by combining the best of both the Canadian and German curricula.

Non-denominational and co-educational, the German International School Toronto teaches German and English-speaking students side by side and offers its students a seamless transition into both the Canadian and the European school systems. With classes from Kindergarten through Grade 8, the school creates a unique, multicultural experience within a warm and nurturing environment.

By combining a strong curriculum with small class sizes, a wide array of cultural events and extracurricular programs, including Drama, Art and Music, the school allows students to excel academically and develop individually. As Ontario’s only German full-time day school and one of 140 recognized German Schools worldwide, we offer a very attractive alternative to other Canadian independent schools.

The German International School Toronto is part of a network of 140 German Schools Abroad which are sponsored by the Central Agency for Schools Abroad (ZfA) on behalf of the Federal Foreign Office. From Kuala Lumpur to Kiev and Toronto to Tokyo German Schools Abroad place particular emphasis on individual development, multilingualism and intercultural exchange. With the support of the Federal Republic of Germany and excellent teachers, students of German Schools Abroad receive a first-class education and obtain German as well as local qualifications. It is the German language and culture, education, as well as encounters and exchanges that form the cornerstones of German Schools Abroad.


Academics


Curriculum Liberal Arts

Primary Curriculum: Liberal Arts


What school says: Our curriculum is a synthesis of content and competency based pedagogy. It is enriched with subject matter from the Ontario curriculum, but its content, processes, methods, and assessments primarily focus on the German curriculum, as defined by the federal state of Thuringia. Academic proficiencies are coupled with competencies directed at developing students’ skills (studying, motivating, partnering, and participating) and their personal attributes (relating, cooperating, and communicating).

  • Approach:
    Focus Language-based
    Academic German immersion


  • Pedagogies and subject courses:

  • Mathematics
    • What school says: This information is not currently available.

    • Textbooks and supplementary materials: This information is not currently available.

    • Calculator policy: This information is not currently available.


    Early Reading
    • What school says: This information is not currently available.

    • DIBELS Testing: This school does not use DIBELS testing to assess reading progress.

    • What school says: This information is not currently available.


    Writing
    • What school says: This information is not currently available.


    Science
    • Teaching approach: This information is not currently available.

    • Topics covered in curriculum:

      Subject = offered
      Biology
      Chemistry
      Ecology
      Geology
      Meteorology
      Physics
      Physiology
      Zoology
    • Treatment of evolution:

      Evolution as consensus theory
      Evolution as one of many equally viable theories
      Evolution is not taught

    Literature
    • What school says: This information is not currently available.


    Social Studies
    • What school says: This information is not currently available.


    Humanities and Social Sciences
    • What school says: This information is not currently available.


    Foreign Languages
    • What school says: This information is not currently available.

    • Languages Offered: • French • German • Latin • ESL


    Fine Arts
    • Program offers:

      Subject = offered
      Acting
      Dance
      Drama/Theatre
      Graphic Design
      Music
      Visual Arts
    • What school says: This information is not currently available.


    Computers and Technology
    • What school says: This information is not currently available.

    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Robotics
      Web design

    Physical Education
    • What school says: This information is not currently available.


    Sex and Health Education Doesn’t follow Ontario curriculum
    Topics covered in sex and health education:
    Topics We begin covering this topic at: Begins in Ontario
    Body parts Gr. 1 Gr. 1
    Nutrition JK Gr. 1
    Human development Gr. 1 Gr. 1
    Puberty Gr. 5 Gr. 4
    Sexual health and hygiene Gr. 5 Gr. 4
    Reproduction Gr. 7 Gr. 5
    Pregnancy Gr. 7 Gr. 7
    Sexually transmitted infections Gr. 7 Gr. 7
    Sex and decision-making Gr. 7 Gr. 7
    Contraception Gr. 7 Gr. 8
    Consent Gr. 5 Gr. 9
    Sexual orientation Gr. 5 Gr. 8
    Gender identity Gr. 5 Gr. 8
    Misconceptions relating to sexuality Gr. 5 Gr. 10
    Relationships and intimacy Gr. 7 Gr. 8
    Bias and stereotyping about sex Gr. 5 Gr. 12
    Sexual harassment Gr. 7 Gr. 9
    Body image issues Gr. 3 Gr. 7
    Mental illness Gr. 3 Gr. 11
    Social justice and diversity JK

    What school says: We follow the curriculum on health and physical education as defined by the curriculum of the German state of Thuringia.

    Approach:
    Mostly value-neutral

    By and large, we teach sex education free of any particular moral or ethical standpoint. We try not to impose any particular values or value systems (such as social, political, or ideological values) on our students when teaching sex and related issues.


    Fairly value-based

    Sex education is sometimes taught from a particular moral or ethical standpoint. Sometimes particular values or value systems (such as social, political, or ideological values) are invoked when teaching sex and related issues.

    Traditional

    This includes a range of positions. A traditional approach might, for example, go as far as emphasizing the nuclear family and complete abstinence from sex before marriage. Alternatively, this approach might simply involve placing less emphasis on sex outside of the context of marriage and more emphasis on abstinence. Or finally, it might just involve focusing less on sex outside of the context of marriage.

    Progressive

    This might mean more emphasis is placed on the importance of such things as social equality, diversity, and choice in sex education.


    What school says: This information is not currently available.



    Preschool/K Curriculum Academic

    • Play-based
    • Montessori
    • Waldorf
    • Reggio Emilia
    • Academic

    Academic-based preschools and Kindergartens are the most structured of the different types, and have a strong emphasis on math and reading readiness skills. These programs aim to expose children to what early-elementary school is like. While time is still allotted to free play, much of the day is built around explicit lessons guided by the teacher. Classrooms often resemble play-based ones (with different stations set up around the room), but at an Academic program the teacher leads students through the stations directly, and ties these activities to a whole-class lesson or theme.

    If you want to learn more about preschool education, check out our comprehensive guide. You can also read our in-depth answers to important preschool questions: What is preschool? What are the main preschool programs? What are the main pros and cons of preschool? What do children learn in preschool? How much does preschool cost?  What makes for a great preschool?

    What school says: Our Kindergarten program is based on a traditional German model of discovery, examination, and the development of personal skills as they relate to oneself and others. The program is delivered in an atmosphere of caring, understanding, and compassion. Subjects that will become traditional tenets of primary school are carefully and slowly introduced. The Kindergarten program is also enriched with aspects of Ontario’s Inquiry Based Learning Model. Its emphasis on the joy of new experiences and early learning strategies like conversation, sharing, and imagining play a significant role in our students’ growth as inquisitive and inspired learners.


    Curriculum Pace Standard-enriched

    • Standard-enriched
    • Accelerated
    • Student-paced

    Broadly-speaking, the main curriculum -- like that of most schools -- paces the provincially-outlined one. This pace is steady and set by the teachers and school. The curriculum might still be enriched in various ways: covering topics more in-depth and with more vigor than the provincial one, or covering a broader selection of topics.

    Flexible pacing:

    Flexible pacing style = offered
    Subject-streaming (tracking)
    Multi-age classrooms as standard
    Ability-grouping (in-class) as common
    Frequent use of cyber-learning (at-their-own-pace)
    Regular guided independent study opportunities
    Differentiated assessment

    What school says about flexible pacing: This information is not currently available.


    Academic Culture Rigorous

    • Rigorous
    • Supportive

    A school with a “rigorous” academic culture places a high value on academic performance, and expects their students to do the same. This does not mean the school is uncaring, unsupportive, or non-responsive -- far from it. A school can have a rigorous academic culture and still provide excellent individual support. It does mean, however, the school places a particular emphasis on performance -- seeking the best students and challenging them to the fullest extent -- relative to a normal baseline. High expectations and standards – and a challenging yet rewarding curriculum – are the common themes here. Keep in mind this classification is more relevant for the older grades: few Kindergarten classrooms, for example, would be called “rigorous”.

    What school says: This information is not currently available.


    Developmental Priorities Balanced, Intellectual

    Primary Developmental Priority: Balanced
    Equal attention is paid to a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social, and physical.

    Secondary Developmental Priority: Intellectual
    Academically strong, creative, and critical thinkers, capable of exercising rationality, apprehending truth, and making aesthetic distinctions.

    What school says: This information is not currently available.


    Special Needs Support Limited

    Limited

    school offers limited support for students with learning difficulties or special needs.

    • Academic Support:
      Support Type = offered
      Learning strategy and study counselling; habit formation
      Extra support and minor accommodations for children experiencing subclinical difficulties

    Gifted Learner Support No Support

    School does not offer any specialized programming for gifted learners.

    Gifted education: If you want to learn more about gifted education, check out our comprehensive guide. It’s the first of its kind: it covers different kinds of gifted schools and programs, and a whole host of issues parents face in finding the right option for their gifted child.

    Class Sizes Not available

    This information is not currently available.

    Recess Policy

     GradesPSJKSKK12345678
    Non-lunch recessFrequency 1/day 1/day 1/day 1/day 1/day 1/day 1/day 1/day 1/day 1/day 1/day 1/day
    Location Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside
    Amount 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 30
    Lunch recessAmount 60 60 60 60 40 40 40 40 40 40 40 40

    What school says: This information is not currently available.

    Non-lunch recesses: All of this school’s non-lunch recesses take place between classes or academic periods.


    Extracurriculars

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    What school says:

    This information is not currently available.


    • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
      Baseball
      Basketball
      Gymnastics
      Ice Hockey
      Lacrosse
      Rowing
      Soccer
      Softball
      Swimming
      Tennis
      Track & Field
      Volleyball
    • Clubs Offered
      Drama Club
      Student Council
      Yearbook

    Tuition & Financial Aid

    Tuition

    This information is not currently available.



    Discounts

    Discount TypeEnrollment TypeAmount
    Early paymentall students3%
    2nd child (sibling)all students10%
    3rd child (sibling)all students10%
    4th child (sibling)all students10%


    Need-based financial aid

    This information is not currently available.



    Merit based Scholarships

    This information is not currently available.


    Enrollment

    Total enrollment 70
    Average enrollment per grade6
    Average class size5 to 15
    Gender (grades)Preschool to 8 (Coed)
    Boarding offeredNo

    Student distribution: This information is not currently available.


    Admission

    Application

    Admissions Assessments:

    Assessment = requiredGrades
    Interview
    SSAT
    SSAT (out of province)
    Entrance Exam(s)
    Entrance Essay
    Application Fee 

    Application Deadlines:

    Day students:
    Rolling


    What German International School Toronto says: This information is not currently available.


    Acceptance

    Acceptance Rate:

    100%

    Type of student German International School Toronto is looking for: This information is not currently available.



    Student Entry Points

    Student TypePSJKSKK12345678
    Day Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)
    000000000000

    Stories & Testimonials

    News

    Testimonials from Parents

    "It has been nearly a year now since our family returned to Germany. We lived in Toronto (Canada) from July 2007 to July 2011. Right from the first day, we experienced the new country, the people and our friends and neighbors as a tremendous enrichment for our lives. We felt right at home in no time and thoroughly enjoyed our time there until the four years were up. The German International School Toronto was a major reason why our stay was such a huge success. My children, who are now seven and nine years old, started school after we moved to Canada. We had a great time in Toronto and we have very fond memories, and we met people who I still miss very much.

    All in all our return to Germany went very smoothly. We are now living in a small town near Bonn. Our children can walk to school and are really enjoying their newfound freedom. Up until our return, they had only known the close-knit nurturing community that is the Toronto German School. Life is certainly more exhausting for them here, but it also offers many benefits, a lot of freedom and fun. Our children adjusted to the German education system without any problems and after a few weeks they had also gotten used to having 25 children in their class.

    We miss all the amenities that Toronto has to offer, our friends, and neighbors and will certainly return to Toronto for a visit in the future.

    Our life here in Germany is very full and one year after our return, we think of beautiful Toronto and our life there less often – but we will never forget it.

    I wish the German International School Toronto continued success and a fabulous future! Keep up the good work!"

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    Testimonials from Parents

    "When we moved to Canada in 2008, our 11-year-old triplet girls had been attending an excellent American public school in the Bay Area. While they were brought up speaking German quite fluently at home and had always attended German Saturday schools, switching them to a German full-time school was still an experiment. Being German and a language professional myself I have always valued languages and firmly believe that being bi- or trilingual is a definite benefit -€“ not only academically but also on a personal level.

    Our daughters adjusted surprisingly well to a completely different approach to teaching. It was not so much the fact that all subject matter classes are taught in German – including History and Biology and Geography - and the fact that they had to study complicated facts in a language that they were not as fluent in as the rest of the class. What took them a little bit longer to internalize was the fact that students are expected to work more independently, that they have to show more maturity in preparing for fewer tests than they were used to, handle more open-ended test questions as opposed to multiple-choice tests and learn to do Math the German way - very neat and structured. They also had to start from scratch in French since they had had Spanish in California. Especially the French they learned at the German International School Toronto is something that they still benefit from two years after they left. I value their time at the GIST, because it has given my children an additional perspective on life and education.

    When my daughters switched to a Canadian Catholic Public School with a strong PACE program, they did not have any catching up to do and all three made the honor role in their first year. Now they attend German Saturday school again and are sure to collect those extra High School credits, but they are also contemplating studying in Germany in three years. At that time they will feel at home not only in the US and Canada, but also in Germany and Europe as a whole. They will have the whole world at their fingertips - what an invaluable gift!

    I see a great future for the GIST here in the most multicultural city in the world and wish them well in their move to the magnificent new home the school truly deserves."

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    Testimonials from Parents

    "Our children'€™s names are Jan and Stella and they have been attending the German International School Toronto ("GIST"€) for four years. Today they are 14 and nearly 12 years old and will finish grade eight and six respectively this month. 

    Jan, who is 14 years old, went to a German higher-level secondary school in Baden-Württemberg for two months last year. Within in short period of time he was among the best students in the class, and in his evaluation teachers not only valued his good study habits and solid knowledge in the subject matters, but also his social skills. Jan had never before lived in a German speaking country.

    In September of this year, he will switch to the Toronto French School. Jan had applied at several prestigious private High Schools in Toronto. Although there is a great deal of competition, Jan was able to hold his own in all subjects including English and was even able to secure one of the few scholarships. His French language skills were classified as being on the same level as that of children who had attended the Toronto French School since first grade. Jan has never lived in France and his French language skills were exclusively acquired in class at the GIST.

    Stella, who has been attending the German International School Toronto since grade 5 had previously attended an Italian language school here in Toronto. Due to the individual attention and support - possible because of the small class sizes - she was able to progress in her German language skills to a point where she is now in a class full of students that have lived in Germany all their lives and was able to obtain an A in a German test. It goes without saying that she speaks fluent English without an accent - not only because of the all-English environment in Canada, but also because English is taught at the highest level and by English native speakers at the GIST.

    If I left you with the impression that the GIST focuses exclusively on languages I would like to emphasize that the other subjects like Math, History, Geography, Art, Music and Ethics can easily compete with the best schools.

    At the GIST, every child is developed and supported as an individual person. We have the GIST to thank for the fact that our children are trilingual, receive a truly multicultural general education, learn good study habits and are taught values like fairness, respect, honesty, diligence and determination. The teachers' approach is characterized by trust and mutual respect. Teachers and students work hard and laugh a lot."

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    Testimonials from Parents

    "Our sons Luis and Moritz enrolled at the German International School Toronto at the age of five and eight and studied there for almost six years. They successfully completed grades 1 to 7, that is both elementary and secondary school, up to grade 5 and 8.

    The time we spent in Toronto holds pleasant memories for our family - and especially for our boys. From the very first day, our children felt at home at the German International School Toronto. The environment of an international school was first unknown but became quickly familiar. The small class sizes allowed a tightly focused and individual learning atmosphere where our children always felt comfortable. Through the direct contact with Canadian students, they learned a second language very quickly and it eventually developed to become their second 'mother tongue' because of the daily use also between the classes. The concept of the German International School Toronto as an accredited German school abroad turned out to be successful especially when we returned to Germany. Much to our surprise and to our relief, the reintegration into Grade 6 and 8 in a German 'Gymnasium', apart from the first weeks of settling, worked without any problems, especially regarding the similarities between the curriculum at the GIST and the curriculum at our German school. They also passed the equally important social integration into a German school environment without any flaws.

    If we were asked 'œWould you do it again?'€ we would answer '€œYes!'€ without a doubt. For this reason, we have only good things to tell all families who are facing the same decision as we did regarding going abroad and the choice of school, about our experiences with and at the German International School Toronto."

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    Testimonials from Parents

    "It is with fond memories that our daughters Tania and Maya remember their days at the German International School Toronto (GIST). They have spent the first 5 years of their school life at the school and felt right at home starting with Kindergarten. We are both graduates from German schools and upon settling in Toronto, the GIST was our first choice, especially being the only full time German school in Toronto. The small class sizes provided our girls with a sense of security and enabled them to flourish. They also extremely benefited from the excellent academic standards of the school, where they were able to excel in a bilingual environment and then transfer smoothly to the Canadian school system.

    It is a privilege to have been part of the German International School of Toronto and we wish the school all the best in its future endeavours."

     

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    Testimonials from Parents

    "When my husband's company sent us from Stuttgart to Toronto for three years, one of our main concerns was our children's schooling. They were in grade 5 at this time and we were hoping that our stay would help our twins to learn English fast and fluently. On the other hand, we were concerned about adjustment issues and disadvantages upon our return to Germany, where they would have to reintegrate into the highest-level school in a three-tier system.

    In hindsight, all our concerns have proven to be unfounded. Our children were warmly welcomed and felt right at home in their new class. The small class sizes and the individual approach are geared to bring out the best in each student. Our children were well supported and challenged! The curriculum is based on the official curriculum of the State of Thuringia, but also includes elements taken from the Ontario curriculum, which helps to prepare children for a transition into a Canadian school.

    After our three-year-stay abroad our children have been attending a German Secondary School ('Gymnasium'œ) near Stuttgart for nine months now. They had no problems whatsoever reintegrating into the German system - on the contrary: both are good students and still benefit from what they have learnt at the German International School in Toronto!"

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    Our Mission & Vision

    The German International School Toronto is a private, co-educational, German immersion school which provides students with a unique international perspective by combining the best of both the Canadian and German curricula.

    Non-denominational and co-educational, the German International School Toronto teaches German and English-speaking students side by side and offers its students a seamless transition into both the Canadian and the European school systems. With classes from Kindergarten through Grade 8, the school creates a unique, multicultural experience within a warm and nurturing environment.

    By combining a strong curriculum with small class sizes, a wide array of cultural events and extracurricular programs, including Drama, Art and Music, the school allows students to excel academically and develop individually. As Ontario’s only German full-time day school and one of 140 recognized German Schools worldwide, we offer a very attractive alternative to other Canadian independent schools.

    Over the past decade the German International School Toronto has flourished, and become an established educator within the private school segment in the GTA. During the next 10 years and beyond, the German International School Toronto will continue on this path of growth and success. This certain success will contribute significantly to the school’s profile, and create opportunities for new students for years to come.

    Given the school’s enrolment growth and the natural progression of the student body, the school intends to add Grades 9 through 12 in the near future. This expansion will eventually provide students with the opportunity to earn an internationally recognized diploma, enabling graduates to enter colleges and universities all over the world.

     

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    September 29, 2014 - 2nd Annual Kindergarten Scholarship

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