Expanding to High School in 2021/22
The success of our preschool through eighth grade programs has enabled us to expand to high school, starting with a ninth grade in the 2021/2022 school year. We will grow year over year, graduating our first class of seniors in 2025.
The EBGIS High School offers unparalleled academics and enrichment, supporting students to go further in their strengths while challenging them to broaden their knowledge base. Our ninth and tenth grades present a continuation of our innovative bilingual curriculum. In the eleventh and twelfth grades, we will offer the excellent International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme.
Our graduates will receive the highly regarded and internationally recognized IB Diploma, as well as a California high school diploma.
Academically Advanced Bilingual Education
In the ninth and tenth grades, our students continue to receive our outstanding German-based curriculum. Our high school classes are college-preparatory in content and learning style, and include essay writing designed specifically for college readiness.
Our approach is holistic, nurturing students’ cognitive development as well as their social-emotional wellness and their development as members of local and world communities.
Like our elementary and middle schools, our high school implement the so-called spiral sequence, in which material is not presented as isolated blocks, but rather in an interwoven fashion at ever-increasing levels of complexity. This helps students draw connections across topics and disciplines.
Our students learn how to learn, both individually and in groups. By high school, they are not just academically advanced, but are also extremely capable problem-solvers and communicators. By the time they finish tenth grade, they are more than ready to embark on the IB Diploma Programme.
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme
In our eleventh and twelfth grades, we will implement the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme. Originally developed in Switzerland, the IB is an academically rigorous, internationally oriented approach now recognized around the world. The two-year IB Diploma meshes seamlessly with our bilingual K-10 curriculum and shares our values of internationalism and an innovative, holistic and individualized approach to education.
EBGIS will offer the bilingual “GIB” (Gemischtsprachiges IB or German IB), in which German, Biology and History are taught in German. The GIB demonstrates our students’ ability to successfully complete advanced coursework in two languages and is fully recognized by German universities, opening the door to the excellent German university system.
The IB approach develops not just excellent scholars but the whole person. IB graduates are both academically advanced and healthy, well rounded young people who love to learn. They have excellent breadth and depth of knowledge; are ethically and emotionally well developed, and multilingual.
IB coursework is underpinned by the DP Core: three “deeper dives” into subjects chosen by the student in conjunction with an academic advisor. These are Theory of Knowledge; an Extended Essay requiring university-level research and writing; and the Creativity, Activity and Service requirement.
EBGIS has achieved candidate school status for the IB Diploma Programme and is on the way earning authorization as an IB World School.
The German IB Diploma meets all admissions requirements for US and German universities as well as institutions of higher learning around the world.
A Proven Advantage in University Admissions
IB graduates have a clear advantage when applying to universities. Several studies have found that IB students are significantly more likely to attend universities classified as “selective” and “highly selective” than their peers.
In addition, many top universities grant IB students credit toward their college degree. For example, the University of California awards students who complete the IB diploma with a score of 30 or above 4 semester units toward their UC degree.
On top of that, IB higher level classes function similarly to AP classes: UC grants 5.3 semester units for each IB Higher Level exam on which the student scored 5 or higher.
The advantages of the IB program continue into college. Studies have found that IB graduates perform better at the university level than their peers. IB students were also found to be better at coping with demanding workloads and managing their time.
A Tailor-Made Experience for Each Student
All EBGIS students receive highly individualized attention and support. Our high schoolers are no exception. They will continue receiving one-on-one support through our Faculty Mentorship Program. Our IB students will also receive regular formative assessments from their teachers to guide them through the program, while our high school teachers will take a team approach, working with the IB Coordinator and counselor to ensure that students have the best possible high school experience.
Individual study sessions built into the high school schedule will allow students to receive additional help from their teachers and team up with their peers. Moreover, the small size of our school and each class means that every teacher knows every student extremely well and can provide a level of attention and support few schools can offer.
A variety of extracurricular programs are available to broaden our high school students’ perspectives and skill sets. These programs include our faculty-led Green Team environmental issues club, afterschool art and sports clubs, trips abroad, and partner projects with schools in Europe.
Room to Grow
Our spacious campus offers ample room to grow. EBGIS high school students will enjoy a variety of dedicated and shared spaces tailored to their needs.
Our high schoolers will have multiple dedicated classroom spaces, a student lounge, and a project work room. They will also use a science lab, maker space and art and music rooms, as well as sports facilities including our brand new, state-of-the-art turf field and our basketball court, a gymnastics/martial arts room and a gymnasium. We are also in the process of expanding and renovating our school library which will include comfortable, modern individual and group study spaces for our high schoolers.