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

AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAM


GISSV provides a safe and nurturing environment for after-school programming on regular school days. In the Afternoon Club, students have the opportunity to complete their homework with the help of our competent staff, have some leisure time to play, get creative, spend time with friends and enjoy healthy snacks. Our afternoon activities enable students to discover and follow hobbies by choosing from several enrichment classes in the fields of language, music, art, science, technology and sports.

Afternoon Program for Preschool and Kindergarten (Kibili)

Dino Club

The regular Kibili program for the five-day groups ends daily at 1:30 pm. Children who are signed up for the afternoon program then join the "Dino Club", where children from all Kibili age groups meet and stay together for the afternoon. Children in the preschool groups are able to finish their naps and join the afternoon club at 2:30 pm.

The Dino Club offers activities inside and outside. Rather than participating in project work, children are free to choose materials and explore their own interests. The activities offered by our teachers are geared towards children of all Kibili programs and address a wide range of learning areas. The Dino Club teachers also work in the Kibili program in the morning so children are familiar with them.

Children can also participate in external afternoon activities such as soccer, ballet or cooking class. Kibili teachers will make sure to bring and pick up your child from external activities on campus. Sign-up is offered twice a year at the beginning of each semester. Classes have a separate fee structure and are run by external staff. Exact dates and class descriptions will become available beforehand.

Afternoon Club for Elementary and Middle School

The afternoon care was established in consideration of the specific needs of our school community. The focus of the Afternoon Club lies on completion of homework assignments, which is accomplished under supervision of our Afternoon Club staff who work in close cooperation with the class/subject teachers, and free play to give students time to relax after the school day. Daily changing activities within the Afternoon Club and a snack complement the offer of the afternoon care.

The Afternoon Club is available for children in elementary school (grades one to four) and middle school (grades five to eight). The Afternoon Club ends at 5:00pm. Extended care is available until 5:30pm (times vary by location).

Afternoon Activities for Grades 1 - 12

An extensive range of afternoon activities is available to students in grades one to twelve. The list includes activities that enable our students to play sports, make music, be artistic, apply and strengthen their acquired bilingual language skills, or to perform science and math experiments.

Registration is required at the beginning of each school semester, when afternoon activities are published. Please understand that spaces are given on a "first come, first serve" basis.

Some activities previously featured in our GISSV afternoon program are:

  • Violin
  • Musical Theater
  • Soccer
  • Art
  • Recorder
  • Piano
  • Guitar
  • Swimming
  • Orchestra
  • Hip Hop
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Basketball
  • Ballet
  • Choir
  • Mathematics Club
  • Lego-Robotics Club
  • Creative Writing Club
  • Young Journalists

(Offers vary according to campus and/or school year. Please contact the office for further information).


EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

As part of our commitment to providing a well-balanced education throughout the grade levels, we offer a variety of extracurricular activities in music, drama, art and sports that enable our students to explore and pursue their interests and talents.

Music

Orchestras

JUNIOR ORCHESTRA

This non-competitive group is for beginning string and wind players who have had one year of instrument instruction. The junior orchestra performs at school concerts as well as various public events such as our annual German Holiday Market in Mountain View. The group explores all genres and is led by Marie-Louise Catsalis.

SENIOR ORCHESTRA

This non-competitive group is for intermediate to advanced players who have had three or four years of instrumental instruction. While its main focus is on baroque and early classical music, the senior orchestra also plays arrangements of pop and rock as well as film music. The group performs at school ceremonies, official ceremonies of the Consulate General of Germany in San Francisco, as well as various events throughout the Bay Area. Its members are comprised of GISSV students, parents and teachers as well as members of the broader Mountain View community.

Choir

The GISSV cross-campus choir is open to middle and high school students as well as to parents, teachers and members of the wider community. The project-based choir performs at school ceremonies and in opera projects in cooperation with the music department at Stanford University. It studies and performs choral arrangements of contemporary pop and rock music and musicals as well as baroque choral music and is led by Marie-Louise Catsalis.

Sports

Our student soccer and volleyball teams are playing in the Bay Area's Small School League. Over the past few years, our sports department has built up teams that are capable of successfully participating in competitive leagues where they are playing against other school teams. We also have an elementary soccer team that plays in the Sunnyvale Alliance league as well as a basketball team, and we participate in cross-country running events.


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