March 30, 2020:  Gov. Larry Hogan issued a stay-at-home order for Marylanders which means no one should leave their home for any reason other than essential work, to get food or other fundamental reason. The order takes effect at 8 pm.
For the GISW this means:

1. All GISW buildings will be closed for the foreseeable future. 

2. In order to give our teachers and parents more time to prepare, we are postponing both parent nights that were scheduled for tonight to Thursday at the same time.

Distance Learning until Friday, April 24th, 2020.

We are here for you as we continue to prepare for the 2020/21 school year. The Admissions Office remains open. Please complete this form and we will contact you:

GISW updates related to the Coronavirus:

DIA & High School Diploma

Upon completion of 12th grade, students graduate with the U.S. High School Diploma and the German International Abitur (DIA). The U.S. High School Diploma requires completion of 21 credits including the completion of U.S. History and community service hours, while the DIA comprises a rigorous series of written and oral examinations.


To respond to the growing trend toward standardized international education, the German Cultural Ministry Conference in 2005 officially established the German International Abitur Exam (DIAP) for students studying abroad. Bilingualism and independent learning are an important part of this program. Beginning in 5th grade, History is taught in English, followed in the 7th Grade by Biology. Students in the Gymnasium branch also take U.S. History using U.S. textbooks.

The German International Abitur is received after completion of a multilingual scholastic program culminating in oral and written examinations in both German and English. In addition, students must undergo a review of scholastic projects by a teacher colloquium, in which special attention is paid to the student’s particular understanding of covered subject matter.

With a German International Abitur (DIAP) which has later been revised and renamed to DIA, students are eligible to apply for admission to all German universities as well as to universities around the world. It therefore offers students a unique advantage over those with just a “normal” Abitur diploma.

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