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

College Counseling

The college counselors at GISSV Mountain View help students and parents navigate the academically demanding path to American and European universities.

Working closely with each student, the counselors establish clearly defined and realistic academic goals consistent with the student’s aptitude. GISSV's small high school classes enable close monitoring of students as they work to simultaneously fulfill all the requirements of the German International Abitur and the CA High School Diploma.

Starting with an Informational evening at the beginning of each school year, parents and students are introduced to the different university systems and their entry requirements.

Students at GISSV are encouraged to personally take charge of their academic success by developing their interests, exploring and defining their talents, and seeking support and advice whenever necessary. Despite the high academic level at the school, the goal of counseling is not just to send students to Ivy League schools, but to offer them an educational experience that allows them to explore their individual potential while making informed, realistic and responsible decisions.

> College Counselors AT GISSV

High School
Counselor - US
Jennifer Krejcik

College and Career Counselor - Germany
Stefanie Wenk

Studying Internationally

DIA & High School Diploma

GISSV High School Program September 2018

GISSV prepares the students for universities all over the world

  • Germany and Europe with the bilingual DIA format
  • USA with High School diploma, standardized tests plus rigorous coursework
  • Wide academic college and university preparation
  • Focus on languages and sciences
  • Truly bilingual education at the level of native speakers in an intercultural environment


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Studying in the US

Grade 9

In grade 9, the students learn about the 4-year plan and the counselor explains in some detail the necessary steps that have to be taken if students wish to study in the US.

Grade 10

In grade 10, the counselor meets more regularly with individual students, monitoring academic progress, explaining the benefits of taking the PSAT 10 as well as encouraging them to become involved in activities in and out of school.

Grade 11

In grade 11, the counselor has regular bi-monthly sessions with the students to discuss academic progress, choice of AP courses and extracurricular activities. In the second semester, the counselor helps with college search, summer internships and alternate plans after graduation, i.e. gap year.

Grade 12

In grade 12, the counselor provides constant guidance and support throughout the college application process, assisting with the various applications and providing feedback on college essays. During the second semester the counselor discusses college acceptances and deferrals, and assists with final college decisions.