How to Apply

Admissions Process and Timeline

Here you can find information about the application process and important deadlines.

The application process for the 2024-2025 school year is now open. We continue to accept applications for 2023-2024 as long as we have spots available.

To start the admissions process, please follow these steps. Additional steps may be required for students applying to our Fast Track and International Student Programs. Please see below for more information.

  • Step 1: Please submit an inquiry form. Once we have received your request we will reach out to you to schedule a (video) call or a personal tour.
  • Step 2: Join our virtual or in-person admissions events to meet members of our community and learn more about all the great things GISB has to offer.
  • Step 3: Create an account through Ravenna to complete the online application. Please make sure to submit all supporting documents, incl. passport or birth certificate, progress report (preschool/kindergarten), report cards of the past 1-3 years (grades 1-11) and evaluation forms. There is a non-refundable $50 fee per application.
  • Step 4: Set up a “Schnuppertag,” or visit day for your student if desired.
    • Step 4a: Students not coming from the German school system will take a German language skill test
    • Step 4b: Students applying to our Fast Track program will be tested in Math and English
  • Step 5: Await admissions decision based on timeline below. If offered admissions, submit the enrollment agreement and $800 non-refundable deposit to secure your child’s spot.

Application and Enrollment Deadlines

Application dueFinancial Aid Application dueAdmissions & Aid Notification sentEnrollment Agreement & Deposit due
Returning FamiliesJanuary 15, 2024 (siblings)January 15, 2024February 1, 2024February 15, 2024
Regular AdmissionsFebruary 1, 2024February 1, 2024March 8, 2024March 22, 2024
Rolling Admissions> February 2, 2024N/AMarch 22, 2024 or two weeks after application has been receivedWithin two weeks of acceptance

Rolling Admissions after March 22

While some grade levels fill early, we continue to accept applications on a rolling basis depending on availability. Once we received all application materials, an admissions decision is made within two weeks.

Enrollment Agreements and Deposits submitted during rolling admissions will be subject to a $200 late enrollment administrative fee per student.

Enrollment Fees

  • An $800 non-refundable deposit is due with the Enrollment Agreement.
  • Enrollment Agreements and Deposits submitted after February 15 (returning students) or March 22 (new students) will be subject to a $200 administrative fee per student.
  • Please note that spots cannot be held until both the Enrollment Agreement and Deposit have been received.
  • Families that are applying for Financial Aid are recommended to apply during the regular admissions cycle 1.
  • An $800 non-refundable deposit is due with the Enrollment Agreement.
  • Enrollment Agreements and Deposits submitted between March 2 and April 1, 2024 will be subject to a $200 administrative fee.
  • Enrollment Agreements and Deposits submitted after April 1, 2024 will be subject to a $500 administrative fee due to time constraints regarding host families and visa requirements.

International Student Program (ISP) Applications

There are several steps to becoming an exchange student at German International School Boston:

  • Step 1: Join one of the virtual Information Sessions or contact us for more information.
  • Step 2: Submit an online application and supporting documents.
  • Step 3: Contact us to set up an academic assessment, which will help us determine if GISB is a good academic fit for you.
  • Step 4: Schedule an online interview. The interview is an opportunity to get to know you and for you to ask questions about the program.
  • Step 5: Once your application is complete, we will make an enrollment decision based on the timeline above. If accepted, the School will initiate enrollment, the visa application process, and search for a host family match.

The admissions timeline for international students is the same as for regular students. Please click here to review the admissions timelines.

Please note that we require students wishing to apply for grade 10 to have had at least two years of French or Spanish. We, unfortunately, do not offer Latin or Italian at GISB.

Fast Track Applications

We accept applications for our Fast Track Program for grades 1 to 5. Our regular admission timeline applies to the program. Please note that Fast Track is subject to a minimum number of enrolled students each year. Please contact Marion Goodwin, Director of Admission & Enrollment, with questions or for more information.

Candidates for the GISB Fast Track Program are

  • eager to tackle the challenge of an intensive language-learning experience
  • highly motivated and curious about the world and the people around them
  • able to demonstrate above-average academic potential and achievement

Please visit our Fast Track Admissions FAQs to learn more.