The GISSV San Francisco community celebrated its much-anticipated campus expansion this week.
The San Francisco campus is the newest addition to the GISSV community. Thanks to significant support from parents, we opened the bilingual German/English K-8 campus in 2011.
The campus is located in two beautiful historic Craftsman buildings in the heart of San Francisco’s Presidio district. It currently features Kindergarten to 5th grade classes, with one grade being added per year to establish a full K-8 program. Among the unique features of the campus are group working rooms (“Kreiszimmer”) that are attached to each classroom, providing ample space for project-based learning activities. Our class sizes are small, which allows us to create a very personal atmosphere and has build a strong community of children across grade levels, parents and teachers.
Our location in the PresidioOur unique location in the Presidio enables us to use both the natural setting and its urban environment as an extended classroom. Our surroundings lend themselves to hands-on and project-based learning opportunities and make it possible for us to integrate real-world experiences into the learning and teaching at our school on a daily basis. We use the Presidio for P.E. and art, and visit the city for many field trips to places such as the symphony, museums and ballet.
The GISSV San Francisco campus community spent a fun and active Sunday outdoors while participating in the Presidio Trail Run and Presidio Picnic.
Experts from the San Francisco Fire Department and the Presidio Trust gave presentations at our San Francisco campus.
On Thursday, GISSV San Francisco students voluntarily took several litter walks.
The annual GISSV San Francisco Lantern Festival is a fun family event including crafts, lantern making, German food & drinks and a lantern parade.
Programs & Hours
Our regular school hours are from 8:30 am to 2:00 pm. We also offer an afternoon program until 5:00 pm. The program is staffed by GISSV teachers and also offers enriching activities in partnership with outside providers, including the Presidio YMCA (for Outdoor Adventure, Soccer, Martial Arts), LEGO, Soccer Shots, It’s Yoga Kids and special guests such as gardeners and artists.
Tours & Open Houses
The best way to get to know us is to visit us!
Private tours are available upon request throughout the year. Please contact Michelle Bonau, Director of Admissions at (650) 254 0748 or firstname.lastname@example.org to set up an appointment.
Every year in the fall, we also offer a series of Open House and Open Classroom events where you have the opportunity to meet our teachers, parents and students and see our classrooms in action.
San Francisco Campus
Open House: Saturday, November 4, from 11 am to 1 pm
Open Classrooms: Wednesday, November 8, from 10:30 am to 1:15 pm
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We pride ourselves in our truly international outlook and welcome families from all cultural and language backgrounds. For children who enter our program with little or no knowledge of German or English, we offer strong language learning support in both DaZ and ESL.
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Learn more about our use of the Presidio
Every week, different grades venture out into the Presidio. In science, for example, we observe and learn about different animals, trees and plants, their history (native/non-native, historic/non-historic trees) or go to Crissy Field to learn about low and high tides.In art, the children interact with Andy Goldsmith's Wood Line, and sketch the nature or collect leaves/sticks for art projects or go to Crissy Field for art classes, to look at the sculptures and to get inspirations for drawing and painting.
In PE, first through third grade students jog through the Presidio on a weekly basis and, while working on their stamina, they also observe the Presidio and learn from it. They notice changes in the trees, water, and animals, read signs and talk to Park Rangers and learn from them.
Whenever possible, the GISSV staff incorporates what the Presidio has to offer in more specific learning projects. Examples include visiting the archeological interactive site, taking a class with the Tennessee Hollow Trekkers Program, and learning about the past and present of the Presidio from the Presidio Heritage Program.
During GISSV’s project week, the children built tepees in the Presidio and learned a lot about the Native Americans that used to live in the Presidio.
For good behavior and work, the students can earn excursions in the Presidio that include hikes to the Julius Kahn playground, making nature art that is inspired by Goldsmith's Wood Line, or simply playing in the woods. Just like above, these excursions lend themselves to hands on discoveries and learning as the children are interacting with people working in the Presidio, learning from signs and applying their classroom knowledge to the world around them.
We volunteer for beach cleanups at Crissy field, to stress the importance of volunteerism and giving back to the community that we are a part of.