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5k Oktoberfest Run & Fun Run
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Athletes and German food lovers get excited for our annual 5K Oktoberfest Run & Fun Run! This fundraiser, which takes place every September, is an event for the whole family. The day starts off with a 5K run for youth and adults through the picturesque neighborhood of Potomac and is followed by a short Fun Run. During the subsequent Oktoberfest participants can re-energize with German specialties and a fresh cold beer. A comprehensive entertainment program is popular with all age groups. Registration opens during the summer of each year. Check back for regular updates about the event. We look forward to seeing you!

> Official 5k Oktoberfest Run Website with registration and further information

Open House

Open Houses are held in November and in March of each school year

“How do we best prepare our children for a successful future in a globalized working environment?” A question that most parents ask themselves.

At the present time, we cannot even imagine all the professions our children might aspire in the future. Nevertheless, one fact is obvious: a solid academic foundation and the study of a variety of languages and cultures will give our children the best foundation and access to a broad range of opportunities.

In 1961, the German School Washington D.C. was founded with the goal of offering students a learning environment with daily and intensive exposure to German culture and language. The school is a co-educational private school educating students from over twenty different nationalities in preschool (starting age 2) through 12th grade. 

The teaching and learning culture at the German School provides a stimulating academic environment that helps our students to give their best in all areas and to develop into responsible global citizens. The German International Abitur opens doors to universities all over the world, which is more important than ever before.

With its own swimming pool, soccer fields and a brand new LEED Gold certified science building the campus lies tucked away in a beautiful quiet neighborhood.

The German School offers the following qualifications:

> German Abitur – after grade 12
> German International Abitur (DIA); a German Abitur with English language elements; following the German curriculum – after grade 12
> High School Diploma (Maryland) – after grade 12
> Realschule Graduation – after grade 10

Graduates of the German School Washington D.C. have been accepted to universities including:

Harvard University
Johns Hopkins University
Princeton University
Carnegie Mellon University
Stanford University
Duke University
Georgetown University
Yale University

Tours of all buildings of the German School Washington D.C. are available anytime. Please contact our Admissions Coordinator, Susanne Rosenbaum at 301.767.3807 or

German Christmas Market

If you love German food and “Glühwein” (mulled wine), and if you still need a few very special Christmas presents, visit our annual Christmas Market. You will find imported hand-crafted goods from the “Erzgebirge” region in Saxony, door and advent wreaths, Christmas trees for sale, children’s activities, crafts such as knitted scarves and hats and decorations such as clocks, angels and felted doorstopper.

If you would like to try Glühwein, wine or beer, please bring your picture ID. 

Please find more information under 'German Christmas Market'. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact the Friends of the German School at

For inclement weather on the day of the Christmas Market, please check our website at  or call the weather line at 301.767.3850.


The German International School Washington D.C. stays in touch with its alumni around the globe and is very proud of their achievements.

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Founded in 1969 and run solely by parent volunteers, this group raises funds to benefit GISW.

Learn more about the Friends