As part of our commitment to providing a well-balanced education throughout the grade levels, we offer a variety of extracurricular activities in music, drama, art and sports that enable our students to explore and pursue their interests and talents.
This non-competitive group is for beginning string and wind players who have had one year of instrument instruction. The junior orchestra performs at school concerts as well as various public events such as our annual German Holiday Market in Mountain View. The group explores all genres and is led by Marie-Louise Catsalis.
This non-competitive group is for intermediate to advanced players who have had three or four years of instrumental instruction. While its main focus is on baroque and early classical music, the senior orchestra also plays arrangements of pop and rock as well as film music. The group performs at school ceremonies, official ceremonies of the Consulate General of Germany in San Francisco, as well as various events throughout the Bay Area. Its members are comprised of GISSV students, parents and teachers as well as members of the broader Mountain View community.
The GISSV cross-campus choir is open to middle and high school students as well as to parents, teachers and members of the wider community. The project-based choir performs at school ceremonies and in opera projects in cooperation with the music department at Stanford University. It studies and performs choral arrangements of contemporary pop and rock music and musicals as well as baroque choral music and is led by Marie-Louise Catsalis.
School Band at Berkeley/East Bay Campus
"The Straight A's", our student band at the Berkeley/East Bay campus, plays modern songs and performs at school events, where they are always enthusiastically received.
Our student soccer and volleyball teams are playing in the Bay Area's Small School League. Over the past few years, our sports department has built up teams that are capable of successfully participating in competitive leagues where they are playing against other school teams. We also have an elementary soccer team that plays in the Sunnyvale Alliance league as well as a basketball team, and we participate in cross-country running events.