ABOUT GIS OF TEXAS

AT AUSTIN

Who are we?

GIS of Texas at Austin is the brain child of the German-Texan Heritage Society. It is fully backed and supported by the GTHS. Instructions are both in German and English as it is our goal to provide students with the fundamental skills and tools needed for their first steps into formal education. We promote a positive view of learning, curiosity, critical questioning, and a world-view that is broad and tolerant.

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Our Mission

Supported by the research-backed principles of early education in the US and Germany and through collaborative effort of the entire preschool community, it is our goal to provide students with the fundamental skills needed for their first steps into formal education. We promote a positive view of learning, curiosity, critical questioning, and a world-view that is broad and tolerant.

 

It is the primary goal of teachers at the German International School of Texas at Austin to observe, guide, and facilitate student' social interactions and other explorations of the physical and social world around them, as well as to create an environment that is welcoming and inspiring. Each student is recognized as an individual, each with their own personal interests and proclivities. Teachers offer the tools and guidance needed for the development of self-responsibility and confidence to become a co-creator with the human community, small and large.

Our Mission

Supported by the research-backed principles of early education in the US and Germany and through collaborative effort of the entire preschool community, it is our goal to provide students with the fundamental skills needed for their first steps into formal education. We promote a positive view of learning, curiosity, critical questioning, and a world-view that is broad and tolerant.

 

It is the primary goal of teachers at the German International School of Texas at Austin to observe, guide, and facilitate student' social interactions and other explorations of the physical and social world around them, as well as to create an environment that is welcoming and inspiring. Each student is recognized as an individual, each with their own personal interests and proclivities. Teachers offer the tools and guidance needed for the development of self-responsibility and confidence to become a co-creator with the human community, small and large.

Overview

  • Ages 2.5-6, potty trained (preK 4, prek 5, and Kindergarten)

  • 32 week school year (August - May)

  • Curriculum based on leading, contemporary principles in early education practices in Europe and the US: Freinet, baden-württembergischer Orientierungsplan, Montessori, among others

  • Inquiry, project-based, and student-centered learning

  • German and English instruction

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STAFF DIRECTORY

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Constanze Heitkoetter

PRE-K DIRECTOR

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Annette Barrada

LEAD TEACHER

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Bradley Barr

GTHS ACADEMIC DIRECTOR

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