Whether you’re just beginning to explore magnet language programs or are already convinced that German is the right choice for your child, welcome!
Whatever your reasons for considering German, you’re in great company. The German magnet language program in Miami-Dade has grown by leaps and bounds since its introduction thirty years ago. Today, over 400 families in the program are united by their shared interest in learning a language that will give their children the best possible prospects for the future.
Miami-Dade’s German International Studies, International Education and International Baccalaureate magnet programs offer your child distinct advantages well beyond just learning a language. Let’s take a look at a few of them.
A Strong Curriculum
Our highly trained native German-speaking teachers instruct students in the rigorous academic program established by the state of North Rhine-Westfalia in Germany. This curriculum meets or exceeds the objectives and requirements of the Miami-Dade County Public Schools system.
Our middle school IS students take German at an Advanced Placement level and regularly win top honors in high-school level language competitions.
German Speakers Are Unique
According to a recent survey, just 10% of Americans can hold a fluent conversation in German, while about 55% of Americans can speak Spanish fluently and 17% can speak French. German speakers in the US are unique!
College admissions officers in the US are flooded with applications from Spanish speakers, so fluent German speakers stand out.
Study in Germany…for Free!
Germany is home to some of the most highly regarded universities in the world. And as of October 2014 tuition is free, including for international students!
When you consider that the average annual out-of-state tuition at US public colleges is $20,000 (not including room and board), and at private colleges it tops $31,000, avoiding debt while obtaining a world-renowned education is very appealing.
The Language of Science
Around the world, German is the second most commonly used scientific language after English. For students interested in a career in science, this can open a lot of doors not just in the US but also in Europe.
Germany Is a Big Deal
Germany is the world’s 4th largest economy and the economic powerhouse of Europe. It’s also a major trade partner of North and South America. In the US, German companies employ 800,000 people, and recently two of them, BMW and VW, committed to increasing their hiring and investment here.
German Speakers Earn More
MIT economist Albert Saiz revealed that bilingual German speakers in the United States enjoy an average lifetime earnings bonus of $128,000 compared to bilingual workers whose second language is French or Spanish. The relative uniqueness of fluent German speakers may be to thank for this.
A Wealth of Professional Opportunities
Nine of the world’s 50 largest companies are German — think Allianz, Adidas, BMW, Bayer, Lufthansa, SAP, Siemens, and Volkswagen — and operate on almost every continent. Others are less well known yet still influential, forming the backbone of science and industry: names like BASF, Beiersdorf, Boehringer Ingelheim, Carl Zeiss, Duerr, Heidelberger Zement, Leica, Meyer Werft, Sennheiser, and many more.
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