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.

20 in 2020!


Our special 20th Anniversary Events:

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

  • February 28, 2020
    Anniversary Concert (Cañada College Theater, Redwood City)

  • May 25-30, 2020
    Online Auction

  • (Canceled)
    Anniversary Summer Fest (Mountain View Campus)

  • 2020-2021 (TBD)
    Anniversary Gala (Hiller Aviation Museum, San Carlos)

Event News

Farewell Presidio

With the end of this school year we bid farewell to the Presidio and look forward to move to our new Castro location. 

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