Greater Grace International School
A school with heart and history built on three core values: Morality, Discipline and Respect
Whether you are a parent looking for excellent education for your child, a teacher looking to be part of a professional and dedicated faculty, or a person interested in international private schools, let us introduce you to Greater Grace International School. We are one of the premier English-language college preparatory schools in Budapest. Opening our doors in 1991, GGIS has served the international community for almost three decades. As we look back over these years, we remember God’s faithfulness, year after year, providing the school with gifted leaders, skilled teachers, and very precious students. The following is an outline of a few of the highlights of our history.
The Iron Curtain has fallen! The school is established for the purpose of educating the children of international missionaries in Hungary.
The international community in Budapest is rapidly expanding. Forty-five students are enrolled.
Moving from five classrooms rented in a Hungarian school, the school sees a breakthrough in the growth with the signing of a long-term rental contract for the Istenhegyi location, and the decree from the Ministry of Education officially recognizing the school.
The size of the new property makes it possible for enrollment to double. The initial mission of educating missionary children quickly expands, as our services are extended to diplomats, businessmen and other expatriates.
GGIS moves to the current location in the leafy surrounds of Budagyongye and continues to grow, one of Budapest's longest established international schools.
GGIS celebrates 20 years of educational excellence.
The school undergoes major renovation and expansion: A second building has more than doubled the size of our campus. The new building now houses the Upper School, grades 7-12. The result of the renovations include much larger classroom sizes, a second cafeteria room, a mud room, a larger library, and a new EAL wing housing a language lab.
As an international school, our parents expect a world-class education to prepare their child for the college and career path of their choice. Because our students come to us from very diverse homes, differing educational backgrounds, and varied levels of English language ability, our teachers must work hard to engage and challenge each child as a unique learner. Small class sizes allow for individualized instruction and increase the teacher-student interaction so vital to academic motivation and success.
We endeavor to provide extremely language-rich classrooms: with many of our students being non-native English speakers, teachers imbed vocabulary instruction and speaking opportunities into every lesson.
Our experienced and caring teachers reveal the life and love of Jesus Christ in their relationships with students and parents.
The following verses from Proverbs 3 are a daily objective in every classroom: Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. We recognize that wisdom is prized above academic knowledge: Happy is the man that finds wisdom, and the man that gets understanding.
Every academic and behavioral objective, every athletic event and dramatic performance, every field trip and community outreach, every essay and oral report is designed to prepare our students for a purposeful life characterized by excellence and success. Our prayer is that each student will leave GGIS with not only the education, maturity and experience they need for their next step in life, but also an eternal value system so that by God’s grace, they will become adults who make eternal impacts on their generation.
Mission & Vision
Our mission is to provide a high-quality education in the English language equipping students physically, spiritually and academically, by teaching and demonstrating in a biblical worldview.
Alongside of academic excellence, our vision is for our school to be filled with the Life of God in a way that impacts every soul who walks our hallways: staff, students, parents and visitors.
What We Believe
Greater Grace International School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion or ethnic origin in our admissions policies, educational policies, and athletics or any other extracurricular school activity. While we strive to provide a Christ-centered, biblical environment in our classrooms, we do not legislate to anyone what to think or what to believe. Rather, we strive to teach the students how to think in an objective and critical way. This freedom of thought allows our students to look objectively at the world around them and to decide for themselves the foundational principles upon which to build their lives.
The following statement of faith itemizes the major points of our Christian worldview.
ABOUT THE BIBLE
All Scripture contained in the Old and New Testaments is verbally, plenarily, and inerrantly inspired by God. It is the authoritative guide for all Christian understanding, life and ministry.
There is but one God eternally existent in three persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Each is infinite, eternal, and almighty.
ABOUT JESUS CHRIST
We believe that Jesus Christ, the Son, is fully God and fully man. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, and He lived a sinless life. He died, shedding His blood in His substitutionary death for sinners, then was buried, arose from the grave, ascended into heaven, and is now seated at the right hand of the Father.
ABOUT THE HOLY SPIRIT
The Holy Spirit is co-equal and co-eternal with the Father and the Son as the third Person of the Godhead. The Spirit convicts the world of sin, righteousness and judgment and unites man to Jesus Christ by faith. We believe the Holy Spirit seals and indwells all believers. The filling of the Holy Spirit is not an unconditional promise to all believers; the indwelling is.
Man was created in the image and likeness of God. It was by man’s free volition that he disobeyed God, incurring physical and spiritual death (separation from God). Each human being is born with a sin nature. Because of this each human is a sinner by nature and is in need of a divine salvation. God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as male or female and that the term “marriage” has only one meaning: the uniting of one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture. (Gen 2:18-25.)
Salvation is a gift from God. This was accomplished by Christ’s substitutionary death; all who believe in Him are justified by the shedding of His blood. Because salvation is given by grace, the believer’s salvation is eternally secure.
ABOUT THE BAPTISM
The Baptism of the Holy Spirit is sent upon all who believe in Jesus Christ. This takes place in each believer at the moment of salvation. Continual infilling may follow. Each gift given by the Holy Spirit is for the edification of the Body of Christ, and is still present today.
ABOUT THE GREAT COMMISSION
We believe that the fulfillment of the Great Commission is the responsibility of all believers. (Matthew 28:18-20)
ABOUT THE CHURCH
The Church is the body and the bride of Christ. It is dedicated to the worship and service of God and the observance of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. The primary task of the Church in all ages is to teach all nations and to make disciples through the preaching and teaching of the Word of God.
Christ will return to rapture His church. Immediately following this event will be the seven-year tribulation period. Concluding this, Christ will come again to the earth and establish His rule for a 1,000 year period. The Great White Throne judgment of the unsaved, coupled with Satan being cast into the lake of fire, will then allow Christ to establish a New Heaven and a New Earth. This is the consummation of all things.