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


Events are a great part of school life, bringing together all members of the GISSV community, and giving us an opportunity to celebrate and engage in conversations.

Among our recurring annual public events are a German Holiday Market, where we transform Downtown Mountain View into a bustling “holiday village” for a day, or the Laternenfest (Lantern Festival) on our San Francisco Campus with on-campus entertainment and a lantern parade through the neighborhood.

Campus events for the GISSV community celebrate American as well as German holidays, sportsmanship (Walk-a-Thon, soccer matches with schools in the Bay Area), music (talent show, concerts), community (Summer Fest, Gala) and more.



The annual GISSV San Francisco Lantern Festival is a fun family event including German food & drinks and a lantern parade.

German Holiday Market

Thousands of people celebrate an authentic German Holiday Market with us annually. GISSV can proudly say it has established the cherished "Weihnachtsmarkt" tradition in the Bay Area.

Event News

SF Holiday Concert 2019

Last Monday our San Francisco school community came together to celebrate the holiday season with a student concert and sing-along in the Presidio Chapel.

Read More about SF Holiday Concert 2019

20 in 2020!


Our special 20th Anniversary Events:

  • February 7, 2020 - GISSV Official Birthday (Activities on both campuses)

  • February 28, 2020 - Anniversary Concert

  • March 28, 2020 - Anniversary Gala (Hiller Aviation Museum, San Carlos)

  • May 2, 2020 - Anniversary Summer Fest (Mountain View Campus)