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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 this fall. 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 everything Summer 2021, important dates, classroom supplies, ways to get involved, last-minute tasks and all of the tools needed to ensure a smooth transition for you and your children into the new school year. As a reminder, all details of the 2021/22 school year are subject to change as we closely monitor may need to respond to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Important Dates and 2021/22 Academic Calendar

Please check for important dates and events throughout the school year in our school calendar.

> Academic Calendar 2021/22

GISW Book Store: Books, School Supplies and Sports Uniforms

Please submit your book and school supplies for Grades SEL through 12 and sports uniforms (Grade 1 through 4).

As of right now the online sign up with appointments in the month of August is available at CAMPUS LIFE > Bookstore > Signup for Pickup.

Please follow these Step-by-Step instructions for booking your appointment as soon as possible. Under “Comments”, please list the name(s) and grade(s) of your child/children. Please make sure to book one appointment per child!

Should you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us at

Afternoon Program and Extended Care

The Afternoon Program is offered in all grade levels from age 2 through Grade 12 and goes until 3:10pm. Online registration will take place at the beginning of the 2021/22 school year.

The GISW Extended Care Program is provided daily from 3:10 pm to 4:45 pm for students who are in the School Entry Level through ninth grade. 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 and makes sure they get on the right bus.

On official Early Release days where classes end at 1:30/1:35 pm, we offer Extended Care from 1:30 pm to 4:45 pm. l

We plan to start the new school year with our pre-pandemic pedagogical program with complete in-person instruction.  Though many aspects of life on campus appear to be returning to normal, the school will continue to follow the standards set by Montgomery County and the CDC and will focus the safety standards on providing the safest environment to care for those under 11 who are not able to be vaccinated at this time. You will have the opportunity to sign-up your child for the afternoon program at the beginning of the new school year. The Program will start after Labor Day! Look out for the announcement!

School Fees and FACTS Registration

Register with FACTS: Please click this link to register for monthly or semi-annual online tuition payments through FACTS:


Refunds and Accounts Receivable Policies

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

Required Immunizations and Health Policies

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. Please support our School Nurse by supplying all required documents.

With questions regarding the following Health Forms, please contact our School Nurse, Julia Cashmere, RN-BSN at or 301.767.3814

> Admissions-Related Health Forms


VACCINATIONS: If you have children who in the coming school year will be in the School Entry Level or in grades 5 or 6, please make sure to read this important message from our School Nurse.

> Parent Letter regarding Vaccinations

Last Minute Bus Service

Have you finally found housing 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 as soon as possible. Seats are limited.

Bus Routes will be posted at CAMPUS LIFE > Bus

Cafeteria and Lunch Service


Even if you already ordered the lunch pass on your contract  for the coming school year, please read this important message:

During the first weeks of the new school year, lunch service cannot yet be resumed without restrictions. Until the fall break, the Cafeteria will continue to offer lunch bags, which will be delivered to the classroom or picked up by assigned students. If you have not registered your students from grade SEL through 12 yet, you can do so until the extended deadline by Wednesday, August 11th through this link: Online-Signup

Our cafeteria is completely nut-free. We do not use nuts of any kind, including peanuts.

Rest assured that Montgomery County Health Department regulations and CDC food production guidelines are strictly adhered to and monitored by our qualified staff. The safety of students and all staff is our highest priority.

If you have any questions please contact Ms. Koehler, Director of Food Services and Operations.

phone: 240-418-3295 or phone: 301.767.3829 (9:30 am-2:00 pm)

Campus Map (Parking and Traffic Flow)

> Campus Map

> Parking Lot: Dos and Dont's

Traffic Flow of our Parking Lot:


WebUntis: Up-to-date Timetables and Weekly Schedules


In order to view the current daily schedule and substitute classes (Vertretungsplan) any time please download the Units app to your mobile device. Or if you work in a browser, please go to:

Then follow these steps:

  1. If you are using the app you need to select “add profile” when you first set it up, then move to the next step
  2. Where is says „Schulname“ enter these three letters: dsw  (in the app select “anonymous”)
  3. Please select „Stundenplan“ to see the schedule
  4. Make sure you have chosen the correct week.
  5. Select a class from the drop-down menu in order to see the schedule in which you will also find any substituted classes.

If you have any questions, please contact our Deputy Head of School, Mr. Markus Hagemann:

Wednesday and Vacation Mail

You should already receive the Wednesday Mail/Vacation Mail – our weekly newsletter packed with interesting and important information about life at the GISW. It is very important that you read the mail every week. If you are not receiving the weekly newsletter, please contact Ms. Wagner at

Student Service Hours in the Upper School

he German 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. GISW does not enforce a uniform code. However, please see GISW’s Dress Code Policy.


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

Important Contacts


The German International School Washington D.C. stays in touch with its alumni around the globe and is very proud of their achievements.

Are you an alum?


Founded in 1969 and run solely by parent volunteers, this group raises funds to benefit GISW. Learn more about the Friends