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 “Weihnachtsmarkt”/Holiday Market, where we transform Downtown Mountain View into a bustling “holiday village” for a day, or the Lantern Festival (Laternenfest) 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 and volleyball matches with schools in the Bay Area), music (talent show, concerts, joint musical productions with Bay Area institutions such as Stanford University) and more.


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

German holiday Market 2017

For the 5th time thousands of people celebrate an authentic German Holiday Market with us. GISSV can proudly say it has established the cherished "Weihnachtsmarkt" tradition in the Bay Area.

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