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


Parents have many ways to take an active role in fostering GISSV’s mission and ensuring the best possible education for our students.

Volunteerism not only helps build a stronger program, but it also builds a stronger community. Volunteers are a huge resource and support base for the school. All GISSV parents are encouraged to be actively involved through a variety of volunteer opportunities. When you volunteer, not only the school will gain from your involvement—you will, too. The interaction with teachers, administrators and other families will help you gain a better understanding of your child's education at GISSV and build closer community ties.

We welcome your many talents, interests and energy!

Volunteering Info

Where can I learn more about volunteer opportunities?

Opportunities are listed on, our volunteer website, and/or are announced in

the GISSV Brief, the school's electronic newsletter which is emailed to all families weekly. The GISSV Brief is the best way to stay informed of activities happening throughout the school year. Don’t forget to read it each week!

Logging Hours

We ask that all families at GISSV give at least 20 hours of volunteer time to the school each year. The number of hours is required per family and not per child. Parents have the entire program year to complete their hours. Uncompleted hours will be billed at $25 per hour. Hours may be “bought out” at this rate, though your participation is preferred. Parents record their own hours at

Please note: Hours will be prorated for families who only have children in the 3-day-per-week preschool program as well as for mid-year enrollment

Volunteer Opportunities

Active participation takes on many forms. Opportunities include serving on the Board of Directors, joining the Parent Association (PA) or supporting committee work for school events and fundraising. Other activities that count towards the requested number of hours include recycling, helping with the library, transporting students to tournaments and field trips, serving lunch to students and more. Parents are also welcome as classroom presenters for special topics and as regular reading support in both languages.