Welcome to the German International School Toronto!
“Education is about the whole child”
Welcome to GIST
What is education about? Our answer is: It is about the whole child. It is about building a great mind, but it is also about shaping a kind heart. The fast-changing world of the 21st century will ask for the independent and critical thinker, for the culturally aware individual, but also for the empathetic and respectful leader. The GIST’s program combines academic excellence with a high-quality character education. Allow me to explore this a little further.
Our Kindergarten is based on play. Children explore and discover. However, we also offer a fully bilingual environment, phonetics programs in English and in German, and an innovative pre-school concept called “Eingangsstufe” (Entry Level Program). Our native-speaking experts for early childhood education create a joyful place, where learning and growing up happens in a supportive way.
The GIST follows a state-of-the-art school curriculum, which combines the accelerated and competency-based German curriculum and the highly respected Ontario Curriculum to a superior blend.
The GIST offers an outstanding multi-lingual education in German, English and French. Our students are confident language-users who write poems in French and participate in Canadian writing contests.
Modern, state-of-the-art education has to go beyond academic excellence. We are convinced that a balanced and challenging character education program sets children up for lasting success.
Results of third party inspections and standardized tests, both Canadian and German, provide strong evidence of the school’s overall quality. We proudly hold the Seal of Excellence, awarded by the Federal President of Germany.
I cordially invite you to visit us for a tour. We will explain and demonstrate how your child might benefit from the multi-lingual setting, the accelerated and competency-based school curriculum, and from our “CHARAKTER” program, our unique approach to modern character education.
We look forward to welcoming you to our vibrant school community.
Mark Benkelmann - Principal