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

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School Life

GISSV is a collaborative, diverse, ambitious and supportive community, nurtured by our small class sizes and cohesive, dynamic Preschool–12 structure.

In addition to our core curriculum and classes, we offer a wide range of vibrant activities and events to our students, parents and faculty and staff members throughout the year--from community service opportunities to athletics, stage productions and celebrations of German, American and international cultural traditions.

Our students are taught to support one another and to respect one another’s backgrounds and points of view. Each member of our diverse community brings a slice of the world into the classroom. We encourage our students to think critically, use their imagination and creativity, and develop social responsibility as well as a passion for lifelong learning. Today’s GISSV students are prepared to be leaders in tomorrow’s global society.

GISSV is an exciting place. Come see for yourself.


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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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