Since 1976 GISAD has established itself as a renowned International School, regularly ranking “very good” among ADEK and categorized as part of the “German Schools Abroad” network. GISAD is well recognized among the Emirati and expat community for its teaching staff, who is directly sourced from Germany and have been licensed by the German Education Ministries. Further GISAD has been privileged with issuing the German Language Certificate of the Education Ministers Conference. It’s an official German language certificate issued by the German Foreign Office and education authorities to assess student’s German speaking competencies who have different cultural backgrounds.
English and German at GISAD
Our language program is well enrooted starting at kindergarten entry level. The kindergarten accepts children without any knowledge of German. They benefit from a language program that has a long tradition at the school and is constantly being improved. In August 2018, all kindergarten teachers and some primary school teachers took part in the 2-day advanced training of the German for School Start program, which was held in cooperation with the German Schools in Dubai and Sharjah. The two speakers travelled from Heidelberg and Brussels.
This concept is now being implemented at GISAD since the beginning of the 2018/19 school year. The basic material is used in the kindergarten and the primary school classes 1 and 2 mainly work with the games of the primary level. We regularly carry out the language level test developed by Deutsch especially for the start of school. This enables us to give parents feedback and adapt the lessons accordingly. At secondary level, the pupils are also supported by language support. For the newly introduced subjects such as biology and history, a second teacher is assigned to provide linguistic support for the children. In addition, there are also lessons outside of the subject lessons, in which the facts and difficult vocabulary are explained again only with the “DaF children” (German as a foreign language) of the class.
The student body benefits from a healthy, close-knit community of students, teachers and parents, all of whom are committed to the successful implementation of an integration program and thus welcome children from different cultural backgrounds. This early contact with different cultures, experiences and languages helps our children develop into world citizens, strengthened by a German school system and a strong community.
In order to underline these efforts, GISAD is working towards enabling pupils with previous knowledge of German to make a lateral entry in 2020/21. As a strategy for the academic year 2021/22, the school envisions that students without previous knowledge of German will also be able to make a lateral entry.
Our mission statement is intended to be a framework for all those involved in school life and following a common path to the future. At the same time, it shall help remind us of the realization of our goals.
The GISAD mission statement was decided at the overall teachers conference on May 24, 2017:
At GISAD we learn and live in a culturally diverse environment and work together every day to realize our visions.