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Who we are

The German International School Washington D.C. (GISW) is a private, co-educational institution with more than 500 students in preschool through 12th grade, set on a quiet campus in Potomac, MD. Representing more than 20 different nationalities, our student body is truly international, united by a shared interest in German language and culture. The only full-time German day school in Washington, we offer rigorous academics in a warm, multicultural setting.

The school has a challenging German curriculum mixed with some American elements. Graduates receive the globally recognized German International Abitur (DIA) as well as a high-school diploma from the state of Maryland. We have two academic focus areas: foreign languages and science. Students gain fluency in at least two foreign languages and achieve mastery of biology, chemistry, and physics. Our teachers prize critical inquiry, teaching students how—not what—to think. On graduation, they are prepared to enter any prestigious university worldwide.

The GISW is accredited by the German Ministry of Education and approved by the Maryland Department of Education. Our German curriculum is based on that used in the state of Thuringia, known for its high academic standards. 


The German International School Washington D.C. does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, marital status, age or disability in the administration of its hiring, educational policy, admissions, financial aid practices, or of its athletic and other school-administered programs.

The following persons have been designated as coordinators to handle inquiries regarding the School’s non-discrimination policies, including its Title IX policy:

Name: Ines Kreuz (for employee matters)
Title: Human Resources Director
Office Address: 8617 Chateau Drive, Potomac, MD 20854
Telephone Number: 301-767-3844
Email Address:

Name: Jeannette Dubrey (for student matters)
Title: Director of Enrollment Management
Office Address: 8617 Chateau Drive, Potomac, MD 20854
Telephone Number: 301-767-3807
Email Address:

For assistance related to Title IX or other civil rights laws, please contact OCR at or 800-421-3481, TDD 800-877-8339.


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

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