Greeting by the Ambassador of Germany
From my own experience, I know that the German International School in Washington D.C. lives and breathes German-American friendship. As a student, I not only went to school here but also formed friendships lasting till this day. I fondly recall how much the welcoming atmosphere, the warm and open school community, eased my arrival in what initially was a foreign country. That made the German School for me very personally a bridge between the worlds of Germany and America. Many tell a similar story: The German School is a place of intercultural, especially transatlantic, dialogue and learning. Students experience every day the exchange with a different culture, see tolerance and diversity as enriching. The German School thus transmits social and cultural skills of inestimable value. It is in fact these very skills that enable students, self-assured and mature, to find their way in today’s constantly changing world. In this sense, the German School is optimal preparation for life and the work world.
For over 50 years, the German International School in Washington DC has furthermore stood for academic excellence: The demanding and multifaceted curricula prepare students for both the German International Abitur (DIA) and a U.S. high school diploma from the state of Maryland. As a bridge between Germany and America, a German School education thus opens the door to university study anywhere in the entire world. The diversity of subjects enables students to develop their own interests and cultivate strengths from these interests over the course of their school career. The independence and personal initiative of the students are consciously fostered through numerous activities outside the normal school curriculum. In events such as the model United Nations or the many athletic and art programs, they organize projects together or even initiate them on their own. This, too, prepares students for diverse functions and responsibilities in politics, business, and society.
It is the combination of transmitting knowledge and teaching social and intercultural skills that constitutes the essence of the German School. This is all only possible because many people actively work together at the school: faculty, staff, sponsors, a dynamic school board, and not least the parents and students themselves. It is thanks to all of you that the students feel at home at the school and receive an excellent, forward-looking education. My very warmest thanks for your dedication and commitment!
Dr. Emily Haber
Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany