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

Berkeley/East Bay

**Please note that the Berkeley/East Bay campus will continue to operate as GISSV through the end of the 2017/18 school year. We are working closely with our East Bay school community to assist them in transitioning operations to a locally-run, fully independent school starting in the 2018/19 school year. For more informations about this transition and plans for the future organization, please see our announcement section and visit

The Berkeley/East Bay campus is located in the former Anna Yates School in Emeryville. This campus currently offers preschool through 8th grade. Our class sizes are small, which allows us to create a very personal atmosphere and has built a strong community of children across grade levels, parents and teachers. A variety of annual events, such as our lantern parade, family carnival and holiday celebration contribute to the strong community bond.

Both the natural setting and the urban environment of the East Bay serve as our extended classroom. We regularly go on field trips to places such as the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, UC Berkeley, the San Francisco Aquarium, SFMOMA and many more.

History of the Berkeley/East Bay Campus

We first opened our doors in St. John's Presbyterian Church on College Avenue in Berkeley in 2007, after a parent-led task force identified a number of families interested in German-English bilingual education in the East Bay. The parents teamed up with the existing German International School in Silicon Valley and jointly embarked on opening a Berkeley campus as an extension of the existing K-12 school in Mountain View. After the first year, the campus moved to a church building in Kensington, and in 2012, we moved our East Bay campus to the landmark Hillside school in the Berkeley Hills. In 2017, we relocated to the former Anna Yates School in Emeryville.

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Tours & Open Houses

The best way to get to know us is to visit us!

Private tours are available upon request throughout the year. Please contact Michelle Bonau, Director of Admissions at (650) 254 0748 or to set up an appointment.

Every year in the fall, we also offer a series of Open House and Open Classroom events where you have the opportunity to meet our teachers, parents and students and see our classrooms in action.

We look forward to meeting you!

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 pride ourselves in our truly international outlook and welcome families from all cultural and language backgrounds. For children who enter our program with little or no knowledge of German or English, we offer strong language learning support in both DaZ and ESL.

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Programs & Hours

Our regular school hours are from 8:00 am to 1:50 pm.

We also offer an afternoon program until 5:30 pm which offers ample time for free play, homework support as well as art, music and sports. Students can also participate in enrichment classes such as wood-working, soccer, hip hop, Toyology and string classes.

German International School of Silicon Valley, Berkeley/East Bay Campus

1070 41st Street
Emeryville, CA 94608
phone: (510) 558 0436
fax: (650) 254 0749

For admission inquiries, contact