German International Parent Association | Miami-Dade County, FL


Henry S West Laboratory School   |  (305) 661-7661   |  5300 Carillo St, Coral Gables, FL 33146  |

German I.S. Program Since:  2013
German Grades:  1st – 8th
Total Students at School:  300
German I.S. Students:  40

Henry S. West Laboratory School, or West Lab for short, has an enrollment of approximately 300 students in kindergarten through fifth grades.  The school is located on the University of Miami campus in Coral Gables and is led by Principal Barbara Soto Pujadas.

West Lab introduced the German International Studies (IS) Program in August 2013 with a single first grade class.  Since its inception, West Lab has added a new German IS first grade each year so that the program now includes German IS students in first through fifth grades.

West Lab’s German curriculum is modeled after Sunset’s.  Like Sunset, West Lab’s German IS program provides two-and-a-half hours of immersion language instruction in German daily, taught by native German speakers.  The program runs from 8:35 AM to 3:05 PM each day for first graders, and from 8:35 AM to 4:05 PM each day for second through fifth graders.

As of the 2017-2018 school year, West Lab will no longer accept applications for admission to the German IS program.


West Lab 2nd Graders Carve Pumpkins

Recently, Henry S. West Lab's second grade German IS class enjoyed a pumpkin carving party at the Luque residence.  The children came up with some really incredible creations.  Happy Halloween!

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West Lab, Sunset & GW Carver Top-Ranked in South FL

Congratulations to Henry S. West Laboratory School, Sunset Elementary School, and GW Carver Middle School!  These GIPA schools were recently ranked as the #1 and #2 elementary schools (respectively) and the #4 middle school among all of South Florida's public...

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Welcome Incoming 1st Graders!

It is a GIPA tradition to have a welcome picnic for incoming 1st grade students and their families each year. This picnic is hosted by the second grade families and the GIPA Board. It is a great chance to meet other families in the program, meet the teachers, and...

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German IS Programs Receive High Marks has released its 2017 Best Public Schools in Florida, including the best public schools in the Miami area.  The two elementary schools with German IS programs both ranked in the Top 5 in the Miami area, according to a recent assessment by  West...

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Henry S West Lab Program Update

Dear Parents, Recently information was distributed to current & prospective families regarding the future of the German program at Henry S West Lab Elementary. The original information distributed by the principal both verbally and in email communications...

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