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Strategic Plan

“The German International School Washington D.C. empowers students to develop into extraordinary, bilingual scholars and responsible global citizens through excellent, internationally recognized German curricula.”



In 2017, the Board of Directors embarked on an inclusive strategic planning process to ensure the continued academic strength, growth and financial stability of the German International School Washington D.C. The new Strategic Plan for 2018–2022 reflects many years of thinking and discussions across all GIWS stakeholders and breaks the School’s goals into four objectives: 1) Academic Excellence and Student Success 2) Infrastructure and School Operations 3) School Experience and Customer Services 4) Financial Sustainability and Planning.

The strategic plan articulates the mission and vision for the Society that will direct GISW’s work over the next five years. The initiatives may be updated, but the objectives are the compass by which the School will gauge its progress and effectiveness. The Board and School Administration will report annually to the Members of the School Society on progress towards achieving the Strategic Plan’s goals.

The entire GISW community continues to move forward, and the commitment to serving GISW students remains at the center of everything we do. Join us on this exciting journey!

Click here to download the Strategic Plan (PDF) adopted by the Board of Directors on February 15, 2018.

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