Get Ready

Checklist for New and Returning Families

Find important information about the start of the 2023-2024 school year, including upcoming deadlines, required forms, supply lists, mandatory summer reading, the August back-to-school schedule, and more. Please make sure to scroll all the way down.

If you have any questions, please email

(Last updated: August 25, 2023)


Get ready for school! Please find below a list of all items you will need for your child’s first day at GISB.

At the beginning of the school year, grades 4-10 will be going on overnight field trips. Below you find the lists of things your child will need for the trip.

Students entering grades 5-12 are expected to complete their assigned summer reading before the first day of school. The material will be part of the curriculum and discussed in German and English class. Returning students have received a copy of the book(s) at school. New families should purchase the book(s) online or contact to see if a copy of the book can be picked up at GISB in August. Happy reading!

The grade level refers to the grade your child will be entering in the 2023-2024 school year.

Mid-August you will be able to view your child’s class and teacher assignment. To do so, please log in to your Educate account and click on ‘School’ in the menu on the left, then on ‘Students,’ your child’s name, ‘Schedule,’ and then ‘Courses.’ In Educate you will also have access to the school directory.

Visit the GISB calendar to review upcoming events and the 2023-2024 school calendar.

Here are some resources to keep your child engaged with the German language over the summer (Preschool – Grade 4).

Forms and Household Information

By mid-August, you will receive an email from with all the school forms required for each of your children. An overview of all required forms can be found here.

Please complete all necessary forms prior to August 21, 2023.

To review and update your household information, please log in to your Educate account. You can access your household information by clicking on your initials in the top right-hand corner. Click on ‘Account’ and make changes as needed under the ‘Household’ (not the ‘User’) tab.

Please make changes by August 21, 2023 to ensure that we have the most accurate contact information on file.


The GISB Health Office uses an electronic health records program called Magnus Health. All documents for school entry (including your student’s immunization record and health form) must be uploaded to the Magnus Health Portal as soon as possible, as the June 1, 2023 deadline has already passed.

German International School Boston must follow Massachusetts health regulations. Since these health requirements are quite detailed, it is important that you fill out all necessary sections within the health portal so that we can review your student’s health profile for completeness.  Students who do not meet Massachusetts health requirements and do not complete and submit all required health documents will not be able to begin the school year. 

If you have any questions, please contact our health office at, or at 617-783-2600 ext 15.

The following forms and documents can be downloaded and printed as needed. Please note that a complete list of necessary health forms is available in Magnus Health, and all health information must be submitted via the secure Magnus Health Portal. Please do not email health forms to the health office.

*If your child will have a physical examination in the US, the camp/school form given by the medical provider is sufficient; you do not need to complete a separate Massachusetts School Health Record.

**Instead of using the Certificate of Immunization, you may also upload a copy of your child’s immunization booklet.

Lunch Program

GISB is partnering with Ordo, a national school lunch provider that works with local chefs to provide a variety of lunch options for students and staff. The program is flexible, and no minimum order is required. A new menu is available every Sunday, and orders are due by Friday at midnight for the following week. Open an account to place an order.

Community Events

Please join us to meet old and new friends:

  • Saturday, July 15, 9:00 – 11:00 am: Welcome Team Meet & Greet at Swiss Bakers – RSVP here
  • Saturday August 12, 9:00 – 11:00 am: Welcome Team Meet & Greet at Swiss Bakers – RSVP here
  • Saturday, August 26, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm: Back to School Picnic – RSVP here
  • Sunday, August 27, 9:00 am – 12:30 pm: Upper Campus Tours – RSVP here

We look forward to seeing you!

First Week of School

Please review the Back to School schedule for preschool and kindergarten here.

Registration for the Meet & Greets will be sent out the week of August 21.

Monday, August 28:

Tuesday, August 29:

Wednesday, August 30:

  • Einschulungsfeier (first-grade celebration):
    • 1A: 9:30-10:15 am (photos start at 9:00 am), 1B: 10:45-11:30 am (photos start at 10:15 am)

After School Program

If you did not sign up for the After School Program through TADS at the time of enrollment, you may register through Jumbula in August (space permitting).

The Extracurricular Classes and Sports Program will be published on Jumbula at the end of August and registration will open on a set day and time shortly after publication. The program will start at the end of September.

Stay Connected

Please note that our admission, health, and front offices will only have limited office hours in July. Should you have any urgent questions, please email

Admission Office (email only: 

  • Thursdays from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm ET on July 6, 13, 20 & 27

International Student Program (email only: 

  • Tuesdays from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm ET on July 11, 18 & 25

Health Office (email only:

  • Wednesdays from 9:00 to 11:00 am ET on July 12, 19, 26 & August 2

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