Preschool-12 Dual Language Education in
Two Locations in the Bay Area

Dual Language Learning

Our dual-immersion concept is designed for the needs of international students, regardless of the language spoken at home. It offers children an effortless, natural language acquisition in both German and English. At GISSV, both languages are used for social as well as academic communication.

GISSV Concept and  Requirements

Depending on the child’s ability in both German and English, GISSV offers special programs at all grade levels that support language acquisition and fluency.

While we welcome children in our Kibili program (preschool & kindergarten) with no prior knowledge of German, we recommend its acquisition as early as possible. For non-native speakers, our early education program - starting with a 50/50 immersion program - is the best entry point into our school.

In elementary school and up, admission decisions are made individually based upon language assessments.

In grades 1 and 2, German is the primary language of instruction. For English, the emphasis is initially on oral language acquisition and comprehension, with more formal instruction and subject areas added as students progress through the grades. Upon high school entry, the distribution of classes taught in German and English is again 50/50.

Fast Track Program

For students entering GISSV in grades 5 and 6 - with advanced oral skills or Level A2 language skills - we offer our German Fast Track Program. Learn more.

Video: GISSV SF Campus (old location in the Presidio)

One language sets you in
a corridor for life.
Two languages open every door along the way.


Frank Smith, psycholinguist