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

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Admissions

Thank you for your interest in GISSV.

We are delighted that you are visiting our website and invite you to take every opportunity to get to know the GISSV community.

We are here to help you through the admission process. This section of our website is designed to answer your questions and explain the steps in the process. After familiarizing yourself with how your family can join our community, please explore other areas of the website to discover more about our bilingual mission.

We pride ourselves in our truly international outlook and welcome families from all cultural and language backgrounds. We offer strong language learning support in both DaZ (German) and ESL (English).

If you have questions, please contact admissions@gissv.org (Michelle Bonau, Director of Admissions / Inge Scholl-Nielsen, Interim Admissions Coordinator).

We look forward to getting to know your family.



Community Voices

Anne H., GISSV Mountain View Parent
We started our children at GISSV during pre-school. Since the world is shrinking we wanted them to have a second language which, speaking only English ourselves, we were unable to give them.

We continued through elementary and middle school because of the small class sizes and passionate teachers during these critical learning years. Plus, music, art and gym are still part of the curriculum for every student. We are staying through high school for the approach to science and mathematics that makes it possible for even average students to understand and be successful at advanced topics. The unexpected bonus is that our American children will have access to German universities at a fraction of US university prices. GISSV is the best school for this American family.

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Katrin M., GISSV San Francisco Parent and Teacher
The GISSV campus in San Francisco has a truly international feeling with families whose backgrounds represent more than 15 nationalities.

It is a pleasure to watch how my daughter expands her knowledge of the German language and culture while absorbing the cultural heritage from her friends as well. I could not be happier with the education that GISSV has to offer. The teachers are truly amazing. They know how to engage all students and how to tailor their teaching to give every child the best learning experience possible.

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Matthew J., GISSV High School Student
For me, the GISSV is a place where two nations and cultures not only meet, but blend. Straddling these two worlds helped me to become a more open-minded, adaptable, and inquisitive individual who values collaboration and intellectual variety in and outside the classroom.

Cultural differences even extend into the curriculum at my school, often reshaping the course's organization, emphases and scope. From my bilingual, dual purpose chemistry classes designed to fulfill both AP and German Abitur requirements to my advanced Spanish classes that bridge the gap between a Spain-focused European curriculum and US-based Latin American Spanish, it seems that every subject is an infinite world in itself; one class offers a glimpse into a much bigger and intriguing picture.

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Jessica S., GISSV Alumna
I attended GISSV from 4th through 12th grade, as a native English speaker with no German background. Currently I am a Junior at Tufts University in MA studying Chemistry, and am employed by my school both as an undergraduate researcher in an organic chemistry laboratory, as well as a Head Tutor for general chemistry. I believe that I owe a good part of the success I have attained today to my time at GISSV.

Transitioning into a bilingual program coming from a traditional American school and an English-speaking household was not easy. On the part of GISSV, the nurturing environment and small class sizes undoubtedly went a long way in my bridging my transition. The same elements of my school experience which stood out during my transition were also the parts of GISSV I came to appreciate most as I continued on. I am so grateful for the individualized attention I received all the way until graduation. The teachers I had the privilege of encountering at GISSV were invested in my learning and passionate about what they taught. When I entered university in the United States I had a distinct advantage over many of my peers, seeing as I had not only a firm foundation in the sciences, but also an enthusiasm instilled by my instructors at GISSV.

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The German International School of Silicon Valley does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, marital status, age or disability in the administration of its hiring, educational policy, admissions, financial aid practices, or of its athletic and other school-administered programs.

The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the School’s non-discrimination policies, including its Title IX policy:

Name: Désirée Appadurai
Title: HR Coordinator
Office Address: 310 Easy Street, Mountain View, CA 94043
Phone: 650-254-0746
Email: dappadurai@gissv.org

For assistance related to Title IX or other civil rights laws, please contact OCR at OCR@ed.gov or 800-421-3481, TDD 800-877-8339.