Spotlight on East Bay German International School (EBGIS) - 510 Families

Spotlight on East Bay German International School (EBGIS)

Thank you to East Bay German International School, EBGIS, for sponsoring

The East Bay German International School (EBGIS) offers exceptional bilingual preschool through high school programs at its centrally located Emeryville campus. Its integrated curriculum features project-based learning and an international perspective. Small class sizes allow EBGIS teachers to nurture and support each student based on their unique needs.

Join EBGIS in Early Childhood or Elementary School

No prior knowledge of German is needed for admission to the EBGIS Preschool or Kindergarten. In fact, the majority of EBGIS families do not speak German at home; these families choose EBGIS for its unparalleled education and to give their children the gift of multilingualism. In the Early Childhood Program, EBGIS’ highly trained international faculty uses early immersion principles to expand children’s communicative competencies in both German and English.

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EBGIS Early Childhood students dress as polar bears to protest climate change | Photo: EBGIS

For students entering EBGIS in the early grades, the Accelerated German Studies (AGS) Program offers tailored sessions with bilingual faculty, allowing new students to integrate quickly and successfully into the bilingual academic program. Older students joining EBGIS with some knowledge of German receive individualized language support as well.

Advanced Science Curriculum Starts Early

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EBGIS students work in the science lab | Photo: EBGIS

EBGIS students learn STEAM topics through developmentally appropriate, interdisciplinary studies starting in early childhood. Advanced subjects such as biology, chemistry, and physics are introduced as early as the fifth grade, and AP and/or IB courses in mathematics and the sciences are available to all EBGIS high schoolers.

Learning and Celebrating with Music

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EBGIS students perform at the annual International Music Festival | Photo: EBGIS

Music is integral to the EBGIS curriculum at all levels. Guided by the school’s professional music faculty, students learn formal music theory and notation while experiencing music from a diversity of traditions and styles. EBGIS students also express themselves through original music composition and performances.

Candidate School* for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme

The IB is an academically rigorous, internationally oriented approach respected by universities the world over. EBGIS high school students complete a bilingual IB curriculum demonstrating their ability to take on college-level coursework in two languages and meeting admissions requirements for universities in the US, Germany, and around the world.

A Spacious Emeryville Campus

EBGIS’s spacious and centrally located Emeryville campus features large classrooms, dedicated spaces for music, art, and science, two bilingual libraries, a newly-renovated auditorium, athletic fields, and ample indoor and outdoor play spaces. The school’s commitment to health and the environment can be seen in its campus sustainability practices, as well as its eco-literacy curriculum and extracurricular activities.

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A bird’s eye view of the spacious Emeryville campus | Photo: EBGIS

Get to Know EBGIS

Interested families can learn more about EBGIS in many ways. A virtual tour of the EBGIS grades program features EBGIS faculty and parents. Online information sessions are offered in the fall and winter, while in-person open houses will take place on October 29 and January 14. Private tours are also available.

The public is also invited to enjoy the EBGIS campus and libraries at Read & Play events on the first Saturday of every month. German cultural celebrations such as the Lantern Fest on November 11 and the Winter Holiday Market on December 3 are also open to the public.

For more information:

Location: 1070 41st Street, Emeryville, CA
Phone: (510) 380-0302

*Only schools authorized by the IB Organization can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme, or the Career-related Programme (CP). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted. For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit


Thank you again to EBGIS for sponsoring


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