School/Elementary & MiddleSchool/Elementary
The mission of Goethe International Charter School of Los Angeles (GICS) is to prepare children in grades K-5 for the global society in an educational environment in a small, academically rigorous and accountable. The school encourages its students to become knowledgeable, self-motivated, critically thinking people who respect, understand and can communicate with people from cultures different from their own.
GICS envisions an international school with the highest academic standards. High expectations for students will be reinforced by parents, administrators, faculty, and staff and supported by community and business community members. Every student will be given opportunities to develop leadership skills, good citizenship, a strong work ethic and a core value system. Parental participation will be promoted as an indispensable element of their children?s academic success. Outstanding teachers will be committed to high achievement expectations through a powerful combination of collaboration, continuous staff development, rigorous accountability and individual attention to student needs. GICS will base its curriculum on the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program educational model while incorporating California State Standards within a bilingual learning environment. The premise of the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program is based on thematic, inquiry-based units of instruction which focus on structured questioning methods that promote higher-level questioning and global mindedness, encouraging and enhancing a child?s natural curiosity.