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

Welcome by the Head of School

Welcome to the German International School of Silicon Valley (GISSV)

GISSV offers an exceptional educational program that has received both support and accreditation from the German Government and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). As a recognized "Excellent German School Abroad," as confirmed by the German Government, we have established a reputation for excellence in education.

As a member of a network of more than 140 German Schools Abroad, we offer a challenging curriculum for our students Preschool-Grade 12, culminating in two prestigious programs – German International Abitur and California High School Diploma. 

In addition to the highest German and Californian academic standards and values focusing on critical thinking, the international aspect of the education that we offer is rooted in promoting cultural understanding and emotional intelligence. We have a cosmopolitan mindset, embrace the diversity of our community and support international understanding, intercultural dialogue, and sustainable development in practice.

With locations in Mountain View and San Francisco embedded in the global center of innovation, high-end technology, and social media we are proud to serve our community with the only German/American language immersion program on the West Coast that offers Preschool-Grade 12 dual language, bi-cultural education offering the dual diploma.

GISSV provides a home of academic excellence for an active, innovative, and caring community.

On behalf of the leadership team and the entire school community I would like to encourage you to learn about the rich academic and extracurricular programs GISSV has to offer by exploring our website and contacting us to schedule a tour!


Gerald Miebs
Head of School


The GISSV Leadership Team

From left to right:

Tanja Zimmermann (Head of Secondary School, Grades 5-7), Sebastian Berk (Head of Secondary School, Grades 11-12), Gale Adams-Davis (Head of Elementary School), Jenny Jungeblut (Assistant Principal), Gerald Miebs (Head of School), Ivo Betten (Head of Secondary School, Grades 8-10), Morena Waack (Head of Preschool & Kindergarten), Mike Nielsen (CAO), Stefanie Wenk (SF Campus Coordinator)