Who We Are
The German International School of Silicon Valley (GISSV) is an independent, nonprofit Preschool–Grade 12 international school with two locations in the San Francisco Bay Area. We are a center for cross-cultural exchange.
GISSV's programs are created to meet the needs of families looking for a quality bilingual education. Our school is an optimal choice for families in the Bay Area. GISSV's pedagogical approach ensures that students are prepared for a smooth transition into the American and European educational systems.
On our campuses in Mountain View and San Francisco, we are committed to helping students reach their full potential in a stimulating environment that fosters critical and imaginative thinking as well as an appreciation for cultural diversity. Our programs focus on dual-immersion language education and its application in science and social studies as well as in arts and sports. Our experienced faculty uses innovative and differentiated teaching methods that encourage independent thinking and a passion for lifelong learning.
We welcome families from all cultural and language backgrounds and are accredited by the German Government and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
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German School Abroad
We are part of the worldwide network of German schools abroad, a system that is supervised by the German Federal Foreign Office.
Two Campuses - One School
Both our locations and school divisions works together to create a cohesive educational experience across grades and campuses. Our schools are united in their dedication to our mission, including vigorous scholarship and a stimulating learning environment that fosters a passion for lifelong learning and an appreciation for cultural diversity.
Our dual-language program is interdisciplinary and provides rich project-based and differentiated learning experiences, nurturing holistic and individual development. We provide small class sizes, an excellent student-to-teacher ratio and safe, stimulating learning environments. We also move and think beyond the classroom by exploring all the cultural, natural, academic and entrepreneurial destinations the Bay Area has to offer.
All GISSV programs are dual language and based on the German curriculum of the state of Thuringia, which is known and respected for its well-rounded educational approach, fostering interests across all academic disciplines as well as social-emotional competency, critical thinking, artistic expression and physical motor skills. Our curricula for English, American History and Economics are based on the Common Core Standards. We feature a strong science program and are a recognized MINT (the German equivalent to STEM) school. Specialty classes such as sports, music, the arts, as well as third and fourth languages, all taught by professionally trained specialists, are an integral part of the day at GISSV.
We offer innovative teaching approaches that place the needs and interests of students at the center.
Our curriculum is supported and enhanced by comprehensive science and technology resources, such as SMART boards, iPads, laptops and supplies for hands-on science experiments.
We believe in the importance of continuity and a strong bond between student and teacher for optimal learning success. Most of our teachers stay with a class as homeroom teacher throughout the course of one four-year school division.
The shared curriculum approach of all GISSV programs enables a smooth transition between all grade levels for our students.
At GISSV (Mountain View), students graduate with two diplomas: the American High School Diploma and the German International Abitur.
Children learning in
a German school
will not only benefit
from learning a second language
but from a curriculum
built with innovation,
independence and creativity.
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Accreditations & Affiliations
GISSV is an accredited German School Abroad (DAS) and acknowledged as Exzellente Deutsche Auslandsschule. We are also accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and are a member of the California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS) as well as the WDA (International Association of German Schools Abroad).
We are a PASCH school, are acknowledged as a MINT school (the German equivalent to STEM) - awarded as Digital School -, and are a project partner at Schule der Vielfalt (School for Diversity).