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East Bay German International School

Educating Global Citizens

aka EBGIS   |   Emeryville, CA   |  www.ebgis.org

Mission

We empower our students to become creative and critical world citizens. Our exceptional dual-language program equips our students with outstanding academic skills and proficiency in both German and English through dual-language instruction. Our multicultural and diverse school community fosters collaboration among students, families, and teachers, nurturing social-emotional skills, cultural understanding, and democratic values.

Ruling year info

2017

Chair of the Board

Rufus Pichler

Principal

Claudia Mueller

Main address

1070 41st Street

Emeryville, CA 94608 USA

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EIN

81-5418757

NTEE code info

Primary/Elementary Schools (B24)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The East Bay German International School (EBGIS) is a dual-language immersion school currently offering preschool through grade 8 programs. Our integrated curriculum combines dual-language German and English instruction with project-based learning. We offer exceptional academics, a diverse international perspective, and a vibrant community of students, parents, and teachers.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Pre-K through High School German language immersion school.

EBGIS is a German immersion school and IB World School offering pre-K through high school programs. Integrated curriculum combines bilingual instruction with project-based learning and a cross-cultural experience. They offer exceptional academics, a diverse international perspective, and a vibrant community of students, parents, and teachers

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers
Children and youth

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Western Association of Schools and Colleges 2019

National Association of Independent Schools 2021

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of students per teacher during the reporting period

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Infants and toddlers, Children and youth

Related Program

Pre-K through High School German language immersion school.

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Students per teacher

Number of students per classroom during the reporting period

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Infants and toddlers, Children and youth

Related Program

Pre-K through High School German language immersion school.

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Average number of students per classroom

Number of students enrolled

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Infants and toddlers, Children and youth

Related Program

Pre-K through High School German language immersion school.

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Total number of students enrolled

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our Mission: Educating Global Citizens
We empower our students to become creative and critical world citizens. Our exceptional dual-language program equips our students with outstanding academic skills and proficiency in both German and English. Our multicultural and diverse school community fosters collaboration among students, families, and teachers, nurturing social-emotional skills, cultural understanding, and democratic values.

Our Approach
Our program is based on proven German curricula noted for their success in developing students' strengths across academic disciplines, as well as critical thinking skills, social-emotional competencies, artistic expression, and motor skills. This is combined with project-based, literature-rich English language instruction in every grade.

Of course, German language immersion is a key feature of our program. Instead of providing foreign language instruction as a separate topic a few times each week as in monolingual schools, we provide our students an immersive and systematic language experience integrated with our academic curriculum.

We emphasize critical thinking and competencies over rigid content requirements or teaching to any tests. Our project-based curriculum encourages students at every age to use their minds, hearts, and hands to think for themselves while learning in cooperation with others. By supporting each student's uniqueness and autonomy as a learner, we prepare our students to meet the challenges of high school, university, and their broader pursuits in the world.

Another key feature of our program is the early introduction of advanced topics such as chemistry, biology, physics and ethics, which our students begin taking on as early as the fourth grade. In addition, our curriculum employs a unique spiral sequence in which recurring topics are presented in ever increasing detail and complexity. This powerful approach allows students to grasp connections between topics as they deepen their understanding with each iteration.

By undertaking a large part of their studies in the German language, our students gain access to exceptional German textbooks, workbooks, and other learning tools. These expertly developed materials present complex subjects in an inviting, intuitive, and developmentally appropriate way, supporting efficient learning with minimal frustration. Using German materials also means that a high degree of differentiation is “built in" to our curriculum because the texts themselves support multiple levels of complexity. This helps teachers meet the needs of each student, whether advanced or needing more support, and reflects the state of the art in educational practice.

In accordance with the latest research into how children learn, our students do more of their learning in class and receive less homework than in other schools. This allows children the afterschool downtime their brains need to assimilate all they have learned throughout the day and frees them to pursue their individual interests, whether through our afterschool activities or in the community. Less homework also eliminates what is often a major source of family stress and allows families simply to enjoy their evenings together.

Who We Are – The EBGIS Team
The EBGIS team is a dedicated and highly motivated group of educators, academics, and business professionals who are united in their passion for helping young minds grow and transforming our students into truly global citizens.
We believe that the San Francisco Bay Area represents an ideal environment in which to deliver a program based on these principles. The dynamism, intellectual curiosity, spirit of innovation, and diversity that define this unique region, combined with immersion in German language and culture, create a powerful and multidimensional learning environment for students. The majority of our faculty are teachers from Germany and other German-speaking countries in Europe who have undergone extensive pedagogical training. We apply the same high standards to our English-speaking faculty. Most of our teachers have master's degree level qualifications in education, some have Ph.D. degrees, and all are experts in bilingual instruction. In addition, because the Bay Area is such an attractive place to live, we have the luxury of handpicking the best and most highly motivated German-speaking teachers through our hiring process. Among our many strengths, our world-class faculty is perhaps our proudest asset.

Meet our team here: https://ebgisorg.finalsite.com/about-us/team/faculty-staff

We started in January 2017 as a brand new organization with an uncertain future. Ten months later we are a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, have entered into a ten year lease agreement for our school campus, have staffed our full faculty roster, and are seeing strong enrollment. We had a tremendously successful first school year with 80 students and grew over 100% to 205 students in our third year. Strong growth is expected to continue.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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East Bay German International School

Board of directors
as of 11/11/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Rufus Pichler

Fenwick & West LLP

Kay Naumann

Reliant Claims Service, Inc.

Rufus Pichler

Fenwick & West

Bess Daubenmire

Pixar

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/10/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/19/2020

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.