GSM teaches both, the German, as well as the American curriculum in a balanced amount of hours. Native German and English instructors use mixed model learning techniques that are unique to our approach. Spanish will be introduced in grade 3. GSM students will take daily trips to the park for plenty of outside playing time.
Children play, learn and explore in a well-structured classroom (arranged learning environment.) Our student-centered approach focuses on rituals that create a save learning experience. Classes start with an instructional phase (usually circle time) and then transition into a guided independent study phase, in which the teacher can meet the individual needs of each child (“Differenzierung”). Our progressive approach is both inquiry-based (projects) as well as academically well-rounded (covering all competencies of the German “Lehrplan”).
The German School Manhattan works closely with Schulexpert/Deutsche Fernschule, a non-profit association in Germany. Schulexpert provides educational consulting services as well as teaching materials worldwide. The teaching material is recommended by the German Ministry of Foreign affairs and the high quality teaching concept combines long standing expertise in curriculum design, school management and e-learning into a cutting edge educational approach. (www.schulexpert.de / www.deutsche-fernschule.de)