Why Torontonians choose the GIST

“Why do Torontonians choose the GIST over the multitude of private schools in the city”? We asked one of our parents to explain:

The German International School Toronto is different. It has offerings that won’t be found in any other school in Toronto. It is a German/English bilingual school, yet its students graduate Grade eight nearly fluent in French too. The GIST follows an advanced German curriculum and complies with the Ontario curriculum. Students leaving the GIST have assessments that are recognised both locally and internationally.

While academics are important, the GIST distinguishes itself in many unique ways. The school day conforms to the European model and ends when lunch begins at 1:15pm. Parents have the choice of picking up their children then or enrolling them in the afterschool program and picking them up when they finish work.

The programs in the afternoon include Drama; French club; Chess Club; Softball; Karate; Computer Coding; and Needlepoint—even private piano lessons can be arranged. This means that your child’s afterschool activities can be completed before you pick them up—leaving more time for family in the evenings

Supervised homework time is scheduled in the afternoon, so that homework is completed by the time children are headed home. There is no need for non-German speaking parents to be concerned about helping with German homework—it is already done by pick up. Language support classes in English and German are included in tuition and take place before the first period in the morning.

The GIST is an innovator in character education with its Charakter Program. This initiative is to compliment social, academic and physical education by giving students the skills to make socially and morally grounded decisions.

While there may seem to be greater demands at the GIST, with all of these activities, the greatest difference can be seen in the hallways. The children are smiling, happy to see each other and can often be seen skipping in the halls. The biggest challenge for parents is getting them to want to come home at the end of the day!