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

GISSV at a Glance

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.

Locations in Mountain View, Berkeley/East Bay and San Francisco

  • Accreditation as a German Overseas School
  • Multilingual Curriculum: German and English beginning in grade one, with a third foreign language (either French or Spanish)
  • Graduating students earn the German International Abitur and obtain all of the required qualifications for a California High School Diploma
  • Limited class size
  • Experienced, licensed, professional international faculty
  • Grade Levels 2017/2018:
    • Mountain View: Preschool-12
    • Berkeley/East Bay: Preschool-8
    • San Francisco: K-6

Preschool in Mountain View and Berkeley

  • For ages 2 to 3: 3-day toddler group on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm (Mountain View only)
  • For ages 3 to 5: half-day or full-day options Monday through Friday
  • Dual Immersion Program (German and English)
  • Flexible options between 7:30 am and 5:30 pm (Mountain View) and 8:00 am and 6:00 pm (Berkeley/East Bay)

Extracurricular Activities/Afterschool Program

  • Language Day once a week (Mountain View)
  • School as a laboratory - hands-on science for Middle and High School students (Mountain View and Berkeley/East Bay)
  • Afternoon Club includes homework supervision, play time and miscellaneous activities from Monday to Friday until 5:30 pm
  • A variety of extracurricular activities are available, including soccer, chess, robotics, drama and a music program featuring string classes, orchestras, choirs and a student band (Berkeley/East Bay)

Saturday School (Mountain View only)

  • German language classes for all ages on Saturdays
  • Adult classes also on weekdays