Newly Enrolled Families


Welcome new Griffin Families!

Thank you for enrolling at the German International School Washington D.C. (GISW)! We are so excited to welcome you to our campus. Our goal is to make your transition as new members of our school community smooth, efficient, and enjoyable. To help with the transition, we have created this Back to School Resource Guide for you. We have complied lists of links, dates, and information as your one-stop shop, for example important dates, classroom supplies, ways to get involved or last-minute tasks to ensure a smooth transition for you and your children into the new school year.

We cordially invite you to read the words of welcome by our Head of Scchool, Carsten Apsel.

Welcome Night

We look forward to welcoming you to our beautiful campus on Wednesday afternoon, August 21, 2024 from 4:30 to 7:00pm. During Welcome Night, you will meet your child's group/homeroom teacher, meet some of your child's classmates, explore the classroom, and have any last-minute questions answered by various departments.


For planning purposes we ask you to sign up via this link:

After registering for Welcome Night you will receive further information.

Important Dates and 2024/25 Academic Calendar

Please stay up-to-date with these 2 important school calendars:

> GISW Event Calendar

> Academic Calendar 2024/25

Everything Summer: Summer Reading Lists, Summer Camp


Borrowing books during the summer break - Students returning to GISW after summer are welcome to check out books for summer vacation. Check this out: Great book recommendations sorted by grade level and more info on e-books and audiobooks for all ages from preschool to 12th grade. For questions and login information, please contact our librarian Kathryn Deschler at



GISW Book Store: Books, School Supplies and Sports Uniforms

Please use this link to order your book and school supplies for Grades SEL through 12 and sports uniforms (Grade 1 through 4).

School athletic uniforms for grades 5-12 are available at the link below. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Sedlmayer at

> Sportshirt ab Klasse 5/ PE Shirt upper school (grade 5 and up) | The German School Society (

Families make appointments online to pick up books after they received a confirmation that the order is ready for pickup (Calendly). Please pay in US$, we accept all major credit cards as well as cash and US checks. Please contact the bookstore manager if you are tax exempt before you submit your order.

Should you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact our bookstore manager Ms. Sedlmayer at

Afternoon Program and Extended Care

The Afternoon Program is offered in all grade levels from age 2 through Grade 12 and goes until 3:10 pm. For further information regarding online registration:

Grades 1-4: You will receive a separate email with further information before the first day of school. The registration begins at the start of the school year: - Contact person: Andrea Pence

Grade 5-12: You will receive a separate email with further information before the first day of school. Afternoon Program information: - Contact person: Dunja Baker


The Preschool Extended Care Program is provided from 3:00 pm to 4:45 pm.

The Extended Care Program for School Entry Level through ninth grade is provided daily from 3:15 pm to 4:45 pm. Extended Care is an After School Program, which can only be booked for the entire school year, 5 days a week. Group activities and the possibility to complete homework assignments in a quiet environment are the core elements of our program. A teacher brings all bus-riders to the 4:55pm bus. - Contact person: Anke Meyer-Nitschke

On official Early Release days where classes end at 12:15pm, we offer Extended Care from 12:15 pm to 4:45 pm. On all early Release Days there is no bus service at 4:55pm.

If you have not yet registered your child for the extended care program with the school contract, please use the Change Form and send it directly to


Is your child interested in one or more of our upper school teams?

> Main Points and Powerpoint Slides

Anyone from grades 5-12 can participate in one school team per season. Practices take place after school from 3:15-4:45PM. When you sign up for a team you are committing to participating in all practices and games. You will represent the school in fun competitions against other local schools and improve your skills. All team communication will work via the TeamSnap app. Make sure to download it for yourself. Make sure to submit your students' school e-mail when registering as they should also have their own access to TeamSnap as this is how the coaches will communicate with the team. Here are the links to signing up for the different teams:


Cross country






Co-Ed volleyball

Please note there are deadlines for the registration for each team. Make sure to register prior to the deadline.

Please contact the Head of the Athletics Department, Ms. Malena Lair-Ferrari at


Tuition Payments

The German International School Washington D.C. is using Blackbaud Tuition Management system to process and collect tuition and fees for the 2024/25 school year. Blackbaud is one of the world’s largest providers of purpose-built software solutions for educational institutions and Tuition Management will provide significant advantages to our GISW community.

Tuition Management enables you to:

Select a payment method that works best for you:

  • Choose to receive a monthly invoice.
  • Set up recurring automatic payments from your bank account or credit card.
  • Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express are accepted.

Access your account online to:

  • Review account history, transaction details, and print monthly invoices.
  • Edit your contact information, password, and payment method.
  • Make a payment or set up recurring payments.

Receive payment and follow up reminders:

  • For recurring payments, a reminder is emailed 7-10 days before the due date.
  • For missed payments or outstanding balances, you’ll receive an email and text message.

Speak with a customer service representative.

  • Families can access their accounts to check balances and make payments 24/7.
  • Call toll free to make payments at (888) 868-8828.

Please make sure you set up your account through the email you received from Blackbaud. You may review the below Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) document to learn more about Blackbaud Tuition Management as well as how to access the account. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Larrinda Shields at GISW via email at via phone at 301.767.3813.

Refunds and Accounts Receivable Policies

> Policies and Procedures for Refunds and delinquent Tuition Fees and other Payments

Required Immunizations, Health Forms and Covid-19 Information

The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene conducts an annual inspection of our school's Health Room records. Students with incomplete vaccination records are not permitted in the classroom. Without complete Health Forms your child will not be allowed to attend school the first day.

With questions regarding all health related matters, please contact our Health Room at or 301.767.3814.

For more information, please follow this link:

> Health Room



Bus Service

Have you found a new home for your family and have a new address and still need to sign up for bus-service? Bus routes are adjusted annually based on the enrollment for bus service. Please reach out to Ms. Kinsler at, Phone: 301.767.3839 for all bus-related questions as soon as possible. Seats are limited.

Bus Routes will be posted before the first day of school at CAMPUS LIFE > Bus

If you have not yet registered your child for the bus with the school contract, please use the Change Form and send it directly to



If you have not yet registered your child for the lunch pass with the school contract, please use the Change Form and send it directly to April Floyd at

If you have questions about the cafeteria, please contact Jutta Wagner

For more information about the cafeteria, please see the cafeteria page.

Campus Map (Parking and Traffic Flow)

> Campus Map

> Parking Lot: Dos and Dont's

Traffic Flow of our Parking Lot:


Wednesday Mail

You will receive the Wednesday Mail, our weekly newsletter packed with interesting and important information about life at the GISW, every Wednesday during school weeks. It is very important that you read that email every week.

During the last two weeks of summer break you can expect one or two so-called 'Vacation Mails' with information as we gear up for the new school year.

If you have not received a Vacation Mail by Monday, August 12, 2024, please contact Ms. Wagner at

Student Service Hours in the Upper School

The German International School Washington, D.C requires social service hours from our students in grades 8-12. We will be requiring only ten hours per year. Students will be earning these hours by taking part in activities within the curriculum, the school or the community. As a general rule, all service learning must be performed with a nonprofit tax exempt organization. Assisted-living facilities and nursing homes are the only exception to the nonprofit rule. (List of organizations that offer community service-learning hours: )One service-learning hour is awarded for every hour of service outside of the instructional day. A maximum of 8 hours may be earned in a 24-hour period. All service-learning activities must be secular in nature, occur in a public place and be supervised by a nonprofit organization representative. Parents or relatives cannot serve as supervisors for their child or relative. We would like to give you an overview of the process of earning community service hours.

Step 1:

Students will be able to obtain the student service learning activity form here or by stopping by Ms. Fabina's office and picking up a copy in person.

Step 2:

The student chooses one or more activities either in school or in the community. If there are any questions as to whether or not an activity that a student wants to participate in is approved, please contact me prior to beginning the activity.

Step 3:

The student completes the 10 hour requirement and fills out the activity form. The activity supervisor fills in the hours of service and signs the form.

Step 4:

The student brings Mrs. Fabina the completed and signed form and the hours are entered into the database.

For Grade 12 Students only: To be eligible for graduation, each student must hand in their signed forms no later than June 1.

Student may also complete their SSL (Student Service Learning) hours during the summer. All hours must be handed in to Mrs.Fabina by the last Friday in September.

Students may also choose to fulfill their entire service learning requirement at one time. As an example: if a 9th grade student completes 40 hours of community service, the requirement has been met and no further hours are necessary.

Please encourage your children to read the FAQs for students

GISW Dress code

GISW students should always strive to be neat and clean in their dress and appearance and dress appropriately while at school. At GISW students are not required to wear a uniform. For the complete dress code policy, please check the member's area of the website. The login is reset at the beginning of each school year and is communicated through the Wednesday Mail or contact Jeannette Dubrey at


Parent Engagement

Parents play an important role at the German International School Washington D.C. Below you will find groups which you may support right at the beginning of the school year:

> QUICKLINKS > Getting Involved at GISW

> Supporting GISW

Important Contacts