Preschool-12 Bilingual Education in
Three Locations in the Bay Area

Elementary School (1-4)

In our elementary school, spanning grades 1 to 4, we address all aspects of the child’s growth. Our program focuses just as much on social-emotional support as on academic and creative growth, knowing that all are essential to holistic child development.

Thoughtful Teaching

We help our students master fundamental skills as well as discover and pursue their interests and talents. Our safe and nurturing environments support individual and group learning. By applying differentiated and project-based teaching methods, our highly qualified teachers are responsive to the academic and developmental needs of each student. We provide the individual attention that is important during these foundational years, while creating projects that encourage collaboration, conflict resolution and critical thinking.

Rich Learning Experiences

Our well-rounded bilingual, interdisciplinary curriculum builds on acquired skills as our students progress through the grades. We help students gain language and quantitative competencies and actively involve them in physical education, the arts, technology and experimental science discovery. Our classes explore the world around them through frequent field trips, including overnight stays, to local destinations. Through small class sizes as well as a buddy system with our middle school students and several all-school community-building events, we strive to create a strong sense of belonging and confidence for our elementary children. Our students learn to work collaboratively with others and become independent, deliberate thinkers.

Language Requirements for the GISSV Elementary School

GISSV assures the admission of German-speaking students in every grade level and guarantees a successful start for students who enroll during the school year. For these students the school also offers additional programs in English (additional fees might apply).

Students with another native language than German must learn German language basics as early as possible (before Grade 1). The best preparation for learning the new language is to participate in the immersion program of the GISSV Preschool and Kindergarten. Depending on the student’s German language ability, GISSV offers special language programs after arrangement with the parents, teachers and principal. These classes might be offered at an additional cost.

For older students with international language backgrounds, the principal and the teachers decide about admission individually. In each individual case the teachers of the different subjects and the language teachers guarantee an ideal language development and differentiated learning methods for students who join later in the school year.

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