German International Studies Program

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As part of the objectives, methods, goals, and activities, students in grades one through five receive the official German curriculum from Germany for a total of two and a half hours daily, in addition to required core subjects in English and attend school for an additional hour. This enables students to obtain the goal of acquiring a second language empowering them to speak, read, write, and communicate. Coursework, taught by native German language teachers, includes German language instruction in reading, language arts, math, science, and social studies. Students in the program have an extended school day. Kindergarten and 1st grade students attend school from 8:35 a.m. to 3:05 p.m.  In 2nd-5th grade, students attend school from 8:35 a.m. to 4:05 p.m.  On Wednesdays, students are released an hour earlier.

The curriculum guidelines used by the German International Studies Magnet Program are from the state of North Rhine-Westfalia in Germany. The German government annually sends a language consultant to review the program. The German government provides textbooks, workbooks, and financial support toward a German teacher.