“Each one of us enjoys hearing a child say, ‘I love my school’. It is very encouraging for us as parents and teachers, especially in this age of troubled schools and children. What is it that makes a school attractive to students? Some words that come to mind are fun, friendly, not boring, caring, and loving. These are words that define some of the positive emotions that may be felt about school. A rewarding experience at school makes getting up the next morning all the more bearable. In my experience, the real deal maker in winning a child over to school is the effect that the environment has upon his or her self esteem. The student may not be able to define it, but they know that they feel good about themselves, and that there are people at school who seem to care about that.”
– Mr. Rick Knight, Vice Principal
– 20 years
– 1400 students
– 200 graduates
– Top Universities, Ivy League Colleges
– Satisfied Parents
News Flash: The GGIS Preschool for children ages 3 and 4 has proved to be a great success this year. Children participating in the program are prepared to enter GGIS or other English-speaking schools.
Established in 1991 by Christian missionaries, GGIS is an English-speaking, preK-12 private school represented by 30 nationalities and ten religions. Designed with purposefully small class sizes, GGIS provides a personal and focused learning environment. The quality of education as well as of the educator both personally and professionally is of utmost importance at GGIS. Children thrive in an environment that is attentive, fun and family-like; a safe-haven, where students can flourish both academically and individually.
Teaching students HOW to think
A personal visit is an invaluable way to learn about whether a particular school is the right place for your child. When visiting GGIS you will find an exceptional atmosphere. The teacher-student relationships and small class sizes produce an environment of focused learning in a loving, caring, family-like environment. Children wear uniforms, creating an even ground for students from all walks of life. Teachers are enthusiastic and knowledgeable, stimulating students by challenging them intellectually and keeping them engaged. One of the favourite sayings at GGIS is: “We don’t teach our students what to think, we teach them how to think!”
The school’s curriculum is a comprehensive compilation of all of the core subjects, including English (Phonics; American, British and World Literature; Grammar; Poetry; Vocabulary and Spelling; Creative Writing – Shurley English), History and Social Studies (World History, Philosophy, Economics, American Government, Cultural Anthrop-ology), math and the Sciences (Biology; Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Physics, AP Physics).
Other non-core subjects include topics like: Bible, Languages, Computer Science, Art History, Physical Education, Music, Advanced Prep and College Preparatory classes. Latin, computer courses making students “Office compatible”, a resource centre with over 7,000 documents, etc. all add to the comprehensive curriculum.
Students can select from a variety of extra-curricular programs including music (choir, band, piano and violin), sports (soccer, basketball, volleyball and aerobics), arts and crafts, drama, origami and language clubs.
Spring and Winter Concerts are held with various inspirational themes. Community service (Christmas Carolling, presents to a local orphanage with handicapped children, food-drives, etc.), fundraisers to benefit a Hungarian Christian school, and various family programs are all part of the students’ lives.
For students who are not fluent in English the school’s EAL (English as an Additional Language) Program provides quick integration into the mainstream classes. This program has been proven to be the most powerful and effective English language program for non-native speakers.
A grade above
GGIS places strong emphasis on college and university preparation: college-level AP courses provide students with the opportunity to earn credit or advanced standing at most American and many international colleges and universities. International standard tests (e.g. Stanford Test, Scholastic Assessment Test, etc.) are conducted regularly. SAT scores over the years have always been at least 10% higher on the average than the US national results. Upon receiving their high school diploma from GGIS, graduating students are admitted to the finest universities and colleges of the world.
Parents are strongly encouraged to take part in their childrens’ school life. GGIS keeps parents informed of school programs and activities through a weekly newsletter and an innovative school database called JupiterGrades wqhich was developed to allow parents to access their childrens’ grades, records and assignments online.
GGIS offers the following:
– The highest academic standards;
– A caring, loving and fun atmosphere;
– Highly qualified native speakers;
– Small class sizes for a personal and focused learning environment;
– Intensive EAL (English as an Additional Language);
– A convenient and safe location in Buda.
Above all, GGIS offers the time-honoured values of:
– Morality (conformity to the rules of proper conduct);
– Discipline (training to act in accordance with rules); and
– Respect (esteem for or a sense of the worth or excellence of a person).
Facts & Figures
Address: 1125 Budapest,
22/b Szilágyi Erzsébet fasor
Tel: (36 1) 274 4053 or 275 4795
Fax: (36 1) 274 4053 or 275 4795
Mr. James K. Schirmer
Age range: 3-18
Number of students: 140
Maximum class size: 15
Percentage of leavers entering higher education: 100%
Languages: Instruction in English. Latin also taught in Grades 5-6 and 9-10. Language electives from grade 9.
Facilities: Resource centre, computer room, playground, artificial turf soccer field, bio victory garden, small indoor gym.
Transport: The school can be conveniently reached by public transportation or by car. Sargeant Bus Service is available.
– All prices are quoted in Hungarian Forint (HUF), include application, book fees, book use, classroom fees, tuition, local field trips, swimming education (in grades P1-6) and most after school clubs.
Preschool 1,286,000 per student
Preparatory One 2,150,000 per student
Grades 1st – 6th 2,901,000 per student
Grades 7th – 8th 3,145,000 per student
Grades 9th – 10th 3,321,000 per student
Grades 11th – 12th 3,395,000 per student
– A downpayment of 145,000 HUF is due during the application process or upon re-enrollment and is deducted from the total tuition. The downpayment is non-refundable after July 31, 2012. The remaining amount is paid in two equal installments, the first is due before August 21, 2012 and the second is due before January 16, 2013. 20% discount off 1st and 2nd payments will be applied for additional students from the same self paying families. This discount does not apply to corporate or government paid students.
– All candidates are tested before admission.