FAQ

  1. What are the levels offered by German International School Chennai?

At the moment we are offering following levels:

– Toddler (from the age of 18 months till the age of 3 years)

– KG (3 – 5 years)

– PreSchool (5 – 6 years)

– Primary School (Grades 1 – 4)

– Lower Secondary School (Grades 5 – 8)

– Middle School (Grades 9 – 10)

– High School (Grades 11 – 12)

 

  1. What are the school hours at German International School?

Our School Hours are: 8:30 am – 3:45 pm

– Extra-curricular activities can take up to 5:00 pm

– School Office Hours: 8:00am – 5:00pm

– Core working hours of our teachers: 8:00 am until 4:00 pm.

 

    1. What are the guidelines for admissions for German International School?

Admission to GIS is open to students of all nationalities who demonstrate the ability to access and benefit from the challenging international curriculum and programme offered by the school.

To get admitted, we kindly request you to send us an enquiry via online registration or please contact our front desk 0091-44-2451 2504 or send an email to admissions@chennai.gis.com.de

We will then fix a personal appointment to visit our school, meet the team and understand more about the school, the curricula and teaching methodology.

      1. Is the German International School Chennai an English/ German bilingual school?

Yes, as a bilingual school, the children get tuitions in both languages (English and German) from the beginning. Means, in Kindergarten, one English speaking and one German speaking kindergarten teacher are available. From Primary School on wards 80% of the classes are held in English, the remaining 20% are taught in German.

For non-German and non-English students entering the Primary or Secondary School, extra language classes are in place to support a quick integration into the daily programme.

 

      1. How many languages will my child learn?

Besides English and German, your child will be given the opportunity to learn French, Spanish, Tamil and Hindi. On the long run, we are open to provide even more languages according to the demand and interest of the children/parents.

 

      1. Curricula at German International School Chennai

GIS Chennai provides international high standard curricula from UK: the so called Primary and Lower Secondary Curriculum for grades 2 to 8, followed by International GCSE for grades 9 and 10 and International Advanced Levels (IAL) for grades 11 and 12 from Edexcel.

Besides, German language classes are part of the daily curriculum for all age groups on the level of the highest curriculum standard in Germany – the  Thuringian curriculum.

On demand, education to proceed the German-International school leaving certificate for 12th standard, the so called Deutsch Internationale Abiturprüfung (DIAP), can be provided for a limited choice of elective subjects and given a minimum number of students participating the Exams. Please feel free to contact us to share the possibilities.

RECOGNITION IN INDIA: Edexcel IGCSE and GCE A-Level qualifications are recognized by the Association of Indian Universities (AIU) as equivalent to the +2 stage qualification of the Indian Board. With its high standard in education, German International School Chennai supports their students to smoothly continue at any other school in India and abroad.

 

      1. How big are the classes?

The students-teacher ratio is around 8:1 and can increase to maximum ten students to one teacher.

The small number of students enables the teacher to support the students according to their individual potential and needs.

 

      1. How is your evaluation system?

At GIS we have school marks in place. According to the students’ performance there is an evaluation system from mark 1 to 6, means:

Mark 1 = 92-100 %

Mark 2 = 81-91 %

Mark 3 = 67-80 %

Mark 4 = 50-66 %

Mark 5 = 30-49 % (Inadequate)

Mark 6 = 0-29 % (Fail)

Exception: in Primary School (grade 1) no marks will be distributed. Rather, the child will receive a written report describing the development of his or her schooling skills.

 

      1. How often do you give homework and conduct tests/exams?

Homework is an essential part of learning and will be assigned therefore almost every day. Homework is mostly done in school under professional guidance and will be given according to the student’s age and level. To develop independent learning, up to 30% of the homework in Secondary School should be done outside school hours.

Tests/exams will be conducted on a regular basis for all subjects to evaluate the knowledge level of the student and will have an impact on the marks given in the school reports.

 

      1. How will my child fit in to the teaching philosophy of the school?

We are an international school in the truest spirit, but based on German high quality standards and values. Our teachers, staff and students are from different nationalities. We strive to create a platform of the highest standards to bring together students from varied backgrounds, encourage them to interact, socialise and grow. In this process they will feel comfortable and adapt quickly to the school philosophy.

 

      1. How will I know how my child is doing?

At German International School Chennai there is a very close contact between parents and teachers, so that smaller topics can be discussed prompt. Additionally, the parents are always welcome to fix a personal appointment with their child’s teacher.

Apart from this, every term a parent-teacher meeting is scheduled in which your child’s performance and development can be discussed and questions will be answered.

At the end of each school semester (December and May), students take home a certificate of completion. In addition to the marks, the certificate will carry a progress note of the student. The marks in the final reports at the school year’s end reflect on the performance of the student for the entire academic year. (Regarding marking system, please see 8.)

 

      1. How can I as a parent support my child?

As parents it is crucial to be a part of your child’s education and progress. Continuously motivate your child and encourage him/her to engage in extra-curricular activities. Each day, spend time discussing what happened at school and revise their work.

In case you need some guidance how to support your child best, our teachers will be glad to assist you.

 

      1. Is there a boarding facility?

Due to low demand the boarding facility is not operational at the moment. Future developments will be updated in our website.

 

      1. Does the school provide transportation?

Due to the low demand we do not provide transportation to school or back right now. If there is a higher demand, we will be glad to provide it at our school.

 

      1. Is there a lunch programme at school?

Yes. We are proud to announce that we do have an international experienced chef who takes care of the healthy and balanced nutrition of our students.

As part of our holistic approach, our students and staff daily enjoy a morning snack, lunch and an afternoon snack.

As part of our curriculum, the children are introduced early into the world of cooking by participating the weekly cooking class. The insights gained help the children to understand the importance of a balanced diet and the positive effect on their concentration and performance during the day.

 

      1. What are the extra-curricular activities offered by the school?

German International School offers a small but exclusive number of after school activities which is open for GIS students as well as for students of other schools to encourage intercultural exchange. The programme will change in accordance to interests and demand.

Typical activities are: single lessons in music (guitar, piano and xylophone) or languages (German, English, French, Hindi, Spanish and Tamil) as well as group activities in swimming, arts & handicrafts, yoga, dance or diverse intercultural projects.

Besides, it is planned to build a Youth Orchestra. Please contact us, if you want to become a part of it!

In case of any further idea or suggestions, kindly get back to us; we are more than happy to organise your afternoon activity.

 

      1. Is there any uniform/dress code at school?

As per school rules, from primary school onwards school uniforms are compulsory at GISChennai.

Girls: Red checked blouse with collar (GIS logo imprinted), Khaki skirt, black belt, black shoes, black socks.

Boys: Blue checked blouse with collar (GIS logo imprinted), Khaki trousers, black belt, black shoes, black socks.

During non-uniform days students are requested to wear appropriate clothes at school. Shoulders and knees should be covered and necklines should be decent.

 

      1. What are the benefits of studying at German International School, Chennai?

The German system of education is one of the best and strongest systems in the world. The leaders in the automotive industry, electrical and technology sector are spearheaded mainly by German Companies. Aside, Germany belongs to the worldwide leaders in areas such as medical sciences, biotech, pharmaceutical industry or healthcare.

Our pedagogical approach in teaching will assist your child to strengthen his/her potentials but also minimise their weaknesses as we focus on the individual potential of each child.

 

      1. Leaving certificates

German International School Chennai offers the internationally recognised leaving certificates „International GCSE” (International General Certificate of Secondary Education) and A-Levels from Edexcel. These leaving certificates are comparable to the German „Haupt-“ and „Realschulabschluss” and „Abitur“.

GISChennai is recognised as Private Centre for the conduct of Edexcel GCSE (General Certificate of Secondary Education) and International GCSE, as well as A-Level examinations (Please see 25.).

Given a minimum number of interested students, the “Deutsch Internationale Abiturprüfung (DIAP)”, (the international university entrance qualification from German) can be provided on demand.

 

      1. After gaining the „IGCSE“, ”A-Levels“ or “Deutsche Internationale Abiturprüfung (DIAP)”, at which colleges or universities can my child study?

The leaving certificates allow entrance to prestigious colleges and universities all over the globe: e.g. University of Heidelberg or Technical University Berlin in Germany, Cambridge University in UK, National University of Singapore, University of Tokyo, Kyoto University, Hong Kong University, Harvard University and Stanford University in USA and so forth.

 

      1. Approval of annual reports and leaving certificates from abroad in Germany:

In Germany, the approval of certificates assigned abroad follows according to the regulations of the Kultusministerkonferenz (KMK)

On the homepage of KMK the regulation is given as follows:

The recognition of academic achievements that have been performed abroad is limited to the recognition of leaving certificates.

For achievements which do not fall under the “leaving certificate”-category, there will be no governmental recognition procedure. The classification of these achievements will be decided by the respected school board in consultation with the local education authority, the students and their parents, usually after the student has attended a trial lesson.

Under certain conditions, school leaving certifications acquired abroad may be treated equally to a German graduation degree. The correspondence with the German lower education (‘Hauptschule’), a middle education (‘Realschule’) as well as the general or subject-specific higher education for professional purposes (‘Hochschulreife’) will be decided by the certificate recognition office of the related state authority. The responsible authorities can be found in the databank ‘anabin’ under ‘Anerkennungs- und Beratungsstellen in Deutschland’.

For the recognition of qualifications for the purpose of admission to higher education, however, the universities are responsible.

(Date 30.09.2012; Reference: Homepage of the Kultusministerkonferenz)

We suggest parents from Germany to inform themselves before their departure at their local school about the possible requirements in case of the return of a pupil to the school.

Parents can also address their inquiries to the central department for the recognition of testimonials.

 

      1. What are the possible advantages of studying in Germany?

Germany is the „cultural heart“ of Europe and is renowned for its technological achievements, powerful economy and a diverse and esteemed higher education system.

The universities offer integrated research programmes, teaching opportunities, internships and practical training.

With over 500 educational institutions offering applied sciences, arts and many new courses taught entirely or partially in English, Germany is increasingly becoming a destination for higher education for students from across the world.

 

      1. Qualification of teaching personnel?

All teachers of German International School are selected with great care and in accordance to the requirements of the position to be filled.

In addition to the traditional criteria, such as education, work experience and vocational trainings, the candidates have to pass several rounds in which their professional and personal skills will be analysed and evaluated.

Besides applicants with traditional state examination, we consider employing applicants with relevant professional experience and equivalent qualification such as Special education teachers, Montessori teachers and Master or Bachelor degrees.

Relevant for a consideration is, besides the qualification, a good access to the pupils in the transmission of knowledge (communication skills, methodology, teaching etc).

After positive conclusion of the interviews, the new teacher first gets a comprehensive introduction to the concept applied in school which is the “inter-year, bilingual and project-oriented learning” as well as an introduction to the tools and specific materials used in this process.

In addition, the new teacher assists an experienced teacher in his/her classroom. At the end of the training, the new teacher has to pass a comprehensive educational sample. Only after a positive process, the teacher can take over lessons independently.

For quality assurance both announced and unannounced checks on all teachers’ performance are conducted at irregular intervals. This happens regardless to the length of service at school, work experience or qualification.

In addition, our teachers continuously undergo further trainings. Per school year, 4 seminars take place on specific topics, such as 1st Aid refresher, ADHD, Down syndrome, autism, anti-aggression training, autogenic training, “learning to learn”, but also to new scientific findings on the methodology and didactics. All employees must participate in at least two of the four seminars.

Furthermore, teachers have the opportunity to get certified under the quality standards of the Supreme International Education to become a Junior Teacher, Senior Teacher or Executive Teacher. The certification programme takes place over a period of approx. 6 months and includes both, a theoretical and a practical part with teaching practices and internships, as well as the completion of a written thesis on a selected topic on the school pedagogy.

For further information about our current staff, kindly refer to our teacher profiles shown on our website under about us/team/teaching personnel or click here

 

      1. Where do our teaching personnel come from?

As an international educational institution, we focus on a good mix of well-trained teachers from all over the world. The majority of our teachers come from Europe (e.g. Germany, France, Belgium, the Netherland, Hungary) and India.

Almost all of our teaching personnel are experienced in working abroad and exchange their experience on working with an international classroom within the teachers group.

In this context, the special requirements on the individual support and demand of pupils from diverse cultural backgrounds have a specific significance.

Our small-sized classrooms with maximum 10 pupils built the ideal base for this approach.

Furthermore, pupils can get additional support in the classroom through an extra teacher if required.

For information regarding qualification of our teaching personnel, kindly see bullet point qualification of teaching personnel, kindly see bullet point 23.

 

      1. Is the German International School of Chennai accredited?

The German International School Chennai is recognised as Private Centre for the conduct of Edexcel GCSE (General Certificate of Secondary Education), International GCSE, GCE Advanced Level, International Advanced Level and Primary and Lower Secondary Curriculum examinations with Pearson.

Our Centre Number is 90963. (Reference)

 RECOGNITION IN GERMANY: Offering a German high standard education, an accreditation is not required by the German law.

This is due to the fact that recognition of school certificates received out of Germany is done by the respective school board where the student will continue. Recognition of leaving certificates is done by the respective governmental recognition institute.

Further information on this can be found on the homepage of the Ministry of Education and Cultural Affairs.

In general, an accreditation from agencies, such as the Central Agency for German Schools Abroad (ZfA) is not compulsory for German schools abroad.

 

      1. Who/ What is the “ZfA”?

The ZfA is the German central office for oversea school related matters and is part of the Federal Administration Office of Germany.

Members of the ZfA participate on certain training programmes, receive funds from the German government and strictly follow the German Governmental syllabus.

Germany is right now in the process of modernising the Curriculum according to the needs of their future society.

As reforms by definition take a long time before they are implemented in the related system, also the present school reform will need further time and the schools are in waiting line until the parliament has acknowledged its final result.

Being not a ZfA but an independent, private school, the German International School Chennai pursues the same aims and is furthermore able to effectuate the latest scientific findings in the education field in short time.

The school is therefore in close contact to leading universities and intellectual leaders in the field of education.

 

      1. Is an accreditation with the ZfA required?

Being a German International school abroad, the accreditation at the ZfA is voluntary and without obligation by the German Government.

 

      1. Who/What is the ISA?

The International School Association (ISA) was founded by Mr. Thomas Pallushek, co-founder of German International School Chennai, in London in 2010. The aim of ISA is, to set a new international standard for future schools and to implement this standard in other interested educational institutions.

Most of the established institutions only focus on the compliance of quality standards for room infrastructure as well as the compliance of the respective curriculum.

ISA is appraising, that too less attention is given to the sustainable securing of consistent teaching quality as well as prompt reaction to latest scientific findings in the field of methodology, pedagogies and the syllabus.

Due to the high involvement in the building up of German International School Chennai, the further development of the ISA has been deferred temporarily. It is planned, however, to continue these activities in the near future to promote the purposes with all our might.

German International School Chennai is a member of ISA. As soon as the progress of standards for a certification is finalised, German International School Chennai is going to apply for a respective certification.

 

      1. Who/What is SIS and SIE?

Supreme International School (SIS) was founded by Mr. Alexander Hahn in Berlin in the year 2011. The operative business was overtaken by Mr. Thomas Pallushek against the background of his longstanding experience in organisational development for franchise companies.

SIS was converted into Supreme International Education, located in Singapore, in the context of a company acquisition. As a licensor for school concepts, the focus of SIE is the propagation of inter-year, bilingual and project-oriented education. In this context, certifications are given to the teachers based on own fixed standards which have been evaluated successfully. German International School Chennai functions as “role model school” in India.

Since May 2012 Mr. Thomas Pallushek is operating as an external consultant for SIE to support the structure of a worldwide network of schools. In this position he is responsible for the further establishment and development.

 

      1. Are there German Language classes available for students who not study at GIS?

Yes. As part of our afterschool programme, GIS offers German Language classes from “Beginner” up to “Advanced”–Levels.

We also provide examination preparation courses for e.g. IGCSE or A-Level examination.

For more information, kindly contact our reception desk 0091-44-2451 2504.

 

Updated on 24/09/2015