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

Elementary School Camp Age 6 - 9

Our camp for kids in grade 1 and up blends classroom study of the German language in the morning with engaging activities in the afternoon. In the classroom, our instructors teach in German exclusively, no matter the level of German.

Afternoon Activities are more active and social, and instructors will involve everyone by speaking primarily German, but also some English. New this year is that all Afternoon Activities are unique to this age group, so instructors can focus even more on age-appropriate instruction and student engagement.

Our camp is a week-long or multi-week intensive immersive German environment that brings students closer to the language and culture, and to their peers who share a connection with or interest in German.

Schedule

Sign up for any weeks for full-day (AM Camp + PM Camp) or half-day (AM Camp or PM Camp).
Supervised lunch included for everyone.
Add on Extended Care week by week as needed for an earlier drop-off, later pick-up, or both.

AM Extended Care: 7:30am - 9am
AM Camp: 9am - 12pm
Supervised Lunch: 12pm - 1pm
PM Camp: 1pm - 4pm
PM Extended Care: 4pm - 5:30pm

Registration is first come, first served, with caps on all programs. Register early to secure your desired schedule.

Extended Care

Add on AM or PM extended care for a longer day. Organized by our instructional team, Extended Care means crafts, helping to get ready for the day or to clean up, and lots of outdoor games.

AM Extended Care: 7:30am - 9am / PM Extended Care: 4pm - 5:30pm

AM Camp: German Language Classes

For the age group 6-9, we offer three language classrooms in the morning: Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced. There will be at least one teacher for every 10 students. All materials are provided.

Please note that students must be able to read and write in English to participate.

Camp managers will serve a snack halfway though AM Camp.

AM Camp: 9am - 12pm / snack break 10:30am - 11am


Beginner

Lessons include:

  • basic communication: introduction, asking questions
  • phonetics & spelling
  • basic vocabulary, incl. articles
  • negation
  • conjugation of verbs sein, haben

This class is for students who:

  • are total newcomers to the German language
  • are younger and may have had some German exposure, but are not fluent, and cannot read or write in German

Intermediate

Lessons include:

  • more complex, context-aware communication
  • writing short sentences & stories
  • conjugation of common verbs
  • present and past tense
  • correct use of prepositions

This class is for students who:

  • can communicate well in German, but may not know how to read and write in German
  • may have attended 1-2 years at full-time GISSV or Saturday School, or similar program

Advanced

Lessons include:

  • role-play, complex narratives
  • writing longer stories
  • present, perfect, past tense
  • review of personal and possessive pronouns

This class is for students who:

  • can communicate in German, and can read and write in German
  • have attended 3-4 years at full-time GISSV or Saturday School, or similar program

Supervised Lunch

Supervised by all instructors and our camp managers, students from Vorschule Camp, Elementary School Camp, and Middle School Camp enjoy and outdoor lunch and games together.

Please pack a hearty lunch or sign up for My Green Lunch to get lunch delivered every day.

Students joining us for AM Camp or PM Camp only are picked up or dropped off any time during lunch. Supervised Lunch: 12pm - 1pm

PM Camp: Afternoon Activities

German language classes in the morning are complemented by a fun-filled afternoon program that introduces students to sports, music, art and other activities in mostly German and some English.

Different activities are offered in each week, and students can choose two new options each week of camp. New this year is that Afternoon Activities are no longer mixed age with the Middle School Camp, and groups are capped at 10 students each. This way, we can offer even more engaging, age-appropriate projects, and give students lots of attention.

Camp managers will serve a snack between the two Afternoon Activities.

PM Camp: 1pm - 4pm / first activity: 1pm - 2:20pm / second activity: 2:40pm - 4pm

European Travelers
Europe is a diverse continent. Our adventure goes through Italy, France, Germany and Austria and we will explore the geography, history and culture of each country along the way. We will travel with handmade maps and passports and will have hands-on fun with country-specific crafts.

International Cooking Class
Cooking and eating with friends and family is a rewarding bonding activity that will form some of your most cherished memories. In this class, we will be cooking recipes from all over the world—join us on an exciting culinary journey!

Let´s Dance
A great way to shake it out! Students will dance to German pop songs and help develop choreography. Dancers will perform for their fellow students during Friday lunches.

Fashion and Jewelry Design
We will work with all kinds of materials to make hats, earrings, necklaces, bracelets, and anything else you design! Students will learn to sketch and problem-solve their ideas before making them into something they can wear and show off.

Mad Scientist
Science plays an important role in helping children explore and understand the world around them. In this hands-on class, we will be learning about biology, chemistry and physics by conducting experiments, observing our environment and recording our results.

Textile Design
Experiment with textile materials such as fabric, wool and yarn, and learn how to crochet, felt, knit, sew, weave and braid! Projects include sewing stuffed animals, decorating T-shirts, and different friendship bracelets.

Yoga & Mindfulness
We will teach basic yoga poses and meditation practices in a fun and playful way. There are many benefits of yoga for children such as developing body awareness, learning how to use their bodies in a healthy way, building concentration, and increasing their confidence and positive self-image.

Drawing, Painting, and Printmaking
Explore a lot of new art materials and techniques, and create portraits, still-life paintings, pointillist landscapes, linocuts, and drypoint prints. Students will emerge with a lot of new art vocabulary in German and English, as well as some great artworks they can be truly proud of.

Contemporary Dance Theater
Contemporary Dance Theater offers exciting insights into the language of movement. Taught by an instructor from the European Theater Institute in Berlin, this workshop will introduce various music from classical, pop, to hip hop, different costumes and various footwear. We conclude by performing a piece we have developed together during the course. Prior experience in dance or movement is not required! Enjoyment in movement in any way, shape or form are welcome.

Physical Theater
How can we tell small stories using only body language, facial expressions and gestures? Taught by an instructor from the European Theater Institute in Berlin, this workshop fosters an interest in movement and playing, while training physical memory, orientation in the room and time perception. We conclude by presenting a small series of plays that use only a few words and tell exciting stories.

Sportverein
Get active with all kinds of German games and activities—from Völkerball, Fußball and Basketball to Topfschlagen, Ochs am Berg, and Gummitwist, this is traditional outdoor fun and “Sportunterricht” like in Germany!

City Planner
Design and build a collaborative miniature city out of cardboard and all kinds of junk! Will it be a future city? Or full of medieval castles? What landmarks, stores, and attractions will it have? You decide! All other students will be invited for guided city tours during Friday lunches. And then comes—the demolition!