8617 Chateau Drive
Potomac, MD 20854

The German International School Washington D.C. is a private, co-educational institution with around 530 students in preschool through 12th grade, set on a quiet campus in Potomac, Md. Our student body is truly international, united by a shared interest in German language and culture. The only full-time German day school in the Greater Washington D.C. area, we offer rigorous academics in a warm, multicultural setting.

The school has a challenging German curriculum mixed with American elements. Graduates receive the globally recognized German International Abitur as well as a high-school diploma from the state of Maryland. We have two academic focus areas: world languages and science. Students gain fluency in at least two 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 FastTrack Program is a language program for learning German that allows academically strong students up to grade five with little or no German language skills to enroll. The program is primarily geared toward students who are interested in a bilingual or multilingual education.

The German International School is accredited by the German Ministry of Education and Maryland Department of Education. Open House dates: Nov. 7, 2023 and Jan. 19, 2024

Grades: Pre-K–Grade 12 

Gender: Co-ed 
Total number of students: 530 
Average class size: 16 (Elementary and Upper Schools) 
Student/teacher ratio: 18:1  
Religious affiliation: None 
Programs: Strong focus on World Languages and STEM  
Grade foreign language first offered: German starting in Pre-K 
Languages offered: German, English, French, Spanish, Latin
Lowest tuition for 5-day students:$19,735 2-year-old (half day): $18,530 (full day also available); 3 & 4-year-old (half day): $15,215 (full-day also available); Kindergarten (5-year-old program): $22,500; Grade 1-6: $23,620; Grades 7-12: $ 24,405
Uniform: No 
Bus transportation: DC, MD, NOVA 
Teacher retention rate: 90% 
Number of AP courses offered: 8 
Students scoring 3+ on AP exams: 95% 
Varsity sports: Soccer, basketball, volleyball, swimming, track & field, tennis 
Interscholastic sports (middle): Soccer, basketball, volleyball, swimming, track & field, tennis 
Number of art studios: 1 
Theater/Music productions per year: 4  
Music ensembles: Choir and orchestra 
Accreditations/Affiliations: Accredited by the Federal Republic of Germany’s Central Office for Schools Abroad and approved by Maryland State Department of Education, Member of AISGW, Part of Network of 140 German Schools around the globe
Founded: 1961