Preschool-12 Bilingual Education in
Two 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 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 2018/2019:
    • Mountain View: Preschool-12
    • San Francisco: K-7

Preschool in Mountain View

  • For ages 2 to 3: 3-day toddler group on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm
  • 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

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)
  • 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 (Mountain View)

Saturday School in Mountain View

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