German Schooling in the US and Canada
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German schooling in the US
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Throughout the US and Canada, we can find German schools that were established for families that wanted to raise their kids bilingual or those who found benefits teaching their child German on top of their other mother tongue, whichever that may be (not necessary English). We started to compile a list of good German schools in the US.
As many of you, we are Germans who decided to live in the US for so many reasons. After having two kids, we knew that we wanted to raise them bilingual because of the many benefits that they would get with two languages.
We did most of our schooling from an early age on by reading German books and listening to German music and watching German movies and above all, speaking only German inside the household and of course English outside because we wanted our kids to be able to converse with others. This all worked out beautifully.
As time passed, our kids became more vocal in English, even though we raised then mainly in German when they were little. But due to exposure to other kids, activities at an early age and the fact that we after all live in the US, English became their dominant language. And thats the way it should be! Yet, we were eager to keep the German language up at home and we started looking into German schools and other programs for our children so they could stay up to date on their skills. Yearly we would travel to Germany to expose them to the language and even placed them in Kindergarten or schools according to their skills (they were pretty good and we are proud to say that they were even able to converse and keep up with the current level or one above their US grades when in school in Germany).
Throughout the US and Canada, we can find German schools that were established for families that wanted to raise their kids bilingual or those who found benefits teaching their child German on top of their other mother tongue, whichever that may be (not necessary English). The programs that we found here in our Bay Area in California are really impressive and completely different from the public school programs, not only academically but socially. Of course they are private programs, and it shows! These schools keep up with the best teaching curriculums in Germany but also comply with the standard requirements of the specific state so that children can enter a US school and are capable of integrating there as well, their lessons are engaging and many use practical projects to instill their lessons in the kids.
Many schools are getting certifications in order to benefit from other international schools around the world. Many German schools offer programs that children can attend up to ""Abitur"" level which then enables them to enter a German university in case they want to study there. Benefits of studying at a German university depend on your topic of interest, but as most of us know, studying in German is definitely less expensive than in the US.
I like the way German teachers teach, the environment is so "German" and I love the fact that groups of people with the same background keep up their culture by exposing their kids to their native language. From academics to arts, to customs and culture, these schools strive to keep up the "German Way" and instill it in future generations.
Here is now a list of German schools in the US and Canada that we are highlighting, organized by State and City. If you know a good German school that is not listed here please let me know.
The International School of Tucson
The International School of Tucson offers a language-immersion program in German, Spanish, French, Chinese and English for inquisitive students ages 3-12 who have a love of learning. IST's mission is to educate students to succeed in a global community. Combining language and culture from around the world with strong academics in the core subjects of math, science, grammar and history, IST seeks to grow the whole child. Students are given additional opportunities to explore their interests and giftings in sports, chess, drama, music, and science clubs after school.
For further information and to schedule a tour, please contact Melissa Elliott at firstname.lastname@example.org, 520.808.3167, or visit our website at www.internationalschooloftucson.org
German Language School, Cleveland
The German Language School Cleveland teaches the German language to children and adults in a cultural setting within a supportive classroom environment. Our curriculum, textbooks, and methods are based on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. Assessments, formal and informal, are a regular part of classes. We offer National German High School Exams (sponsored by the AATG), levels 2, 3 and 4, as well as the German Language Diploma (Deutsches Sprachdiplom), levels A2, B1 and C1. Our teachers participate in annual continued education classes.
- URL: www.germanlanguageschoolcleveland.org
- Email: email@example.com.
Fairview-Clifton German Language School
Fairview-Clifton is a magnet school within the Cincinnati Public Schools. We currently have 760 students and 83 staff members. We are a city-wide, PK-6 grade school with a focus learning German as a second language. German instruction begins in kindergarten for all students. German instruction is taught using the Foreign Language in the Elementary School (FLES) model. German instruction takes place every day starting with 30 minutes in kindergarten and up to 90 minutes per day starting in first grade. Aside from learning German our students participate in many German cultural events at school such as Fasching and German-American Day.
Indianapolis German School
The Indianapolis German School is a Saturday immersion program for children ages 3-12. Classes meet on the campus of the International School of Indiana. The school is a community outreach program sponsored by the Department of World Languages and Cultures at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). We meet for ten Saturdays each semester from 9.30 am-noon. In addition to learning the language, children also celebrate the traditional German holidays such as St. Martin and Karneval.or more information contact: Dr. Claudia Grossmann, German Program Director, IUPUI, (317) 274-3943.
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The German Language School White Plains at German School New York
The German Language School White Plains at German School New York, founded in 1987, is located at 50 Partridge Road, White Plains, NY, 25 miles north of Manhattan in Westchester County. The German Language School White Plains (DSS-White Plains) at German School New York provides German language and cultural instruction to students (ages 4-18) on Wednesday afternoons and /or Saturday mornings.The German Language School’s focus is on creating a unique multi-cultural learning environment from Kindergarten through high school. Knowing two or more languages is positively associated with intellectual and academic achievement. In the historical development of languages (the language tree), German and English have common roots. In effect, good German language skills will help students with their English language arts.
KinderHaus is the first German Immersion School in New York, offering a range of German immersion dayschool and afterschool programs for the local and international community of New York City. Our accredited and inquiry based curriculum has its foundation on seasonal, cultural and universal themes, where the core subjects are interrelated and children learn cognitive and mathematical elements and self expression through language. KinderHaus in an inquiry based environment where children are encouraged to develop their own knowledge through observation and investigation. Participation is a strong aspect in our work and we believe that children can play a significant role in inventing and shaping their themes and projects. Our modern teaching philosophy incorporates the best of the European kindergarten model with the best of the American school system. All KinderHaus teachers are Native German speakers holding either Masters degrees in Teaching or Early childhood degrees.
The Deutsche Schule Rochester
The Deutsche Schule Rochester is a German Saturday school in upstate New York. In currently ten different classes, people of all ages learn the German language and culture. Toddlers and seniors, native German speaking children and American grown-ups from all backgrounds are members of the school, which is a non-profit organization. All of the teachers are either native Germans or have a New York state teaching certificate. This website offers more information: www.deutscheschulerochester.org. You can also write to email@example.com or leave a Skype message at +1 585 598 9004.
German International School of Silicon Valley
With three locations (Mountain View, Berkeley & San Francisco) throughout the San Francisco Bay Area in northern California, the German International School of Silicon Valley (GISSV) is a bilingual school serving the broad academic needs of children from Preschool through Grade 12 in German and English. The GISSV meets the strict accreditation requirements of the German government and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). Being the only school at the West Coast to offer the German International Abitur (DIAP), GISSV enables students the entry into the best European and American colleges and universities upon graduation. For more information see website https://www.gissv.org/home, or contact firstname.lastname@example.org, or 1 (650) 254 0748
German School of San Francisco
The German School of San Francisco is a non-profit organization founded in 1935. We offer German language classes and culture events for all age groups. Our experienced staff prepares the more advanced students for all important tests, such as the NGE (National German examination), AP (Advanced Placement) and DSD (Deutsches Sprachdiplom). Please check out our website at germanschool.com. We look forward to sharing our love for German-speaking countries with you.
- URL: www.germanschool.com
Albert Einstein Academies
Albert Einstein Academies is a public elementary and middle school (grades K-8) with a dual German/English immersion and German foreign language programs. In grades Kindergarten to five, 50 percent of the total instruction time is taught in German. Instruction in English and German rotates weekly and all subjects including math, science and social studies are taught in both languages. In grades 6-8 students participate in German language classes at their language level and can in addition take German before or after school classes on topics such as "current events". AEA is proud to be a PASCH (German partner) school, which allows us to offer the German language diploma.
South Bay Deutscher Schulverein
We are a non-profit organization incorporated under the laws of California that has been promoting the study of German as a Second Language and serving the Silicon Valley area since 1963. We offer classes at all levels ranging from pre-school to high school as well as beginning, intermediate and advanced levels for adults. Classes are taught by an experienced faculty from Germany, Switzerland, and the United States.Our main objective is to provide opportunities to learn the German language in a contemporary context. Students are taught to speak, read and write in German, and are introduced to German customs, history, culture, literature and songs. To ensure high quality instruction, teachers are selected both for their knowledge of German and their teaching ability. Most of our instructors are native speakers of German and are well qualified to recognize the proficiency of their students. SBDS is part of the German American School Association of Northern California (GASANC).
The German Language School Westwood
The German Language School Westwood is a non-profit organization located in Bergen County in Northern NJ. Our goal is to make learning German language and culture an enjoyable experience. Most classes meet on Saturday mornings, with additional adult classes offered on Thursday evenings. The maximum class size is 15 students. All teachers are experienced language instructors. Classes for children start with a "Mommy and Me" group. They continue with Kindergarten, and go through high school level, where students can prepare for the SAT II German subject test, the AP German exam, and the German Government sponsored Sprachdiplom tests, which can result in the opportunity to study at a German university.Adult classes include conversation, literature, composition and grammar and are geared to a full range of levels, from beginning to advanced.
- Phone is 201-825-9770.
SAGA (Seattle Area German American) School
The Seattle Area German American School is a German immersion school serving both children from American and German speaking parents. Our programs begin with children who are 30 months - 5 years (Preschool) and we also offer school aged programs Kindergarten (American definition) through 3rd grade. In the school programs, our children are reading, writing, speaking and learning all in German. Our teachers are native German speakers and provide our children with a wonderful environment to either continue in their native tongue or add a 2nd (or sometimes 3rd) language. In addition to our day time programs, we offer Afterschool classes for children K-4th Grade and Adult German classes. We hope to promote German culture and traditions in the Seattle community. We currently have a total enrollment of about 130 students in all of our programs.
ABC German School in Bellevue
At the ABC German School in Bellevue, WA-USA your child will learn more about the German culture and traditions. Classes are designed to help your child speak, read and write German at an early age. Morning classes for children ages 2-5 will stimulate the German language through fun arts and crafts, music, theatre and puppet play, reading and writing, gardening and lots of outdoor play. Afterschool-German classes ‘Deutsch macht Spaß’ are being offered for students ages 5-16 from the Beginner-Advanced level. Evening sessions for adults and teenagers are being offered after 6 pm to accommodate the busy schedule of parents, professionals and high school students. The small classes are customized to the specific needs of the individual group from the Beginner-Advanced learner. German language exams and classes for high school and college language tests (AATG tests, A2 and DSD1) are also available at the school.
- Email:Nadja@abcgermanschool.com or Phone: 425-753 6195
Eastside German Language School
Founded in 1971 in Bellevue, Washington - the Eastside German Language School (EGLS) offers German language classes and cultural experiences for all levels - from preschool to adults. We offer an exceptional Saturday program from playgroups through to adult classes, and weekday preschool program. Previous German is not required. Our Saturday program provides foreign language credits (Stamp tests), and also prepares the student for the German Government certified exams (DSD-A2, DSDI and DSDII). In addition Advanced Placement (AP) preparation is also offered. EGLS is an official German language diploma school and since 2009 member of the worldwide PASCH-Net, an initiative of the German Federal Foreign Office.
- Email:email@example.com or phone: 425 272-5929.
Language World Foreign Language Academy in Spokane
LWFLA was founded in 1996 and offers leading edge German programs Monday through Friday for children 2 and up. Classes are taught by Frau Barnes, a native German teacher. Language Worlds basic formula is, placing students in an environment dedicated solely to foreign language. This creates an environment in which students literally live the language. Previous German language knowledge is not required.
Morning classes are scheduled for children ages 2-5. Classes are designed after the German Kindergarten model and stimulate the German language through circle time, weekly themes, creative arts and crafts, and music. Afterschool-Classes are offered for students ages 5-16. Afterschool-Program students are reading, writing, speaking, and participating in movie making, theater, and puppet theater presentations all in German. Evening German sessions, for students 16 to adults, are being offered after 6.30 pm to accommodate the busy schedule of professionals and high school students. All classes are taught in small groups of 6-8 students from the beginner to the advanced learner. LWFLA offers the Common European Framework Reference (CEFR) and the High School World Language Competency-Based Credit (CBC) Assessment.
- Phone: 509 981-1155
The German School of Connecticut
The German School of Connecticut is a high-quality German educational program for children and adults that meets on Saturday mornings. At GSC, students at all levels, from beginner through native speaker, can learn, improve and maintain German language skills. The school offers classes from pre-kindergarten to high school and for adults. The school boasts a two-track continuous curriculum – one for beginners and non-native speakers and the other for those with native and near-native fluency.“Coming to the German School of Connecticut is fun,” said Dr. Renate Ludanyi, the school’s principal.
Deutsche Samstagsschule Houston
The German Saturday School Houston (Deutsche Samstagsschule Houston) was created 26 years ago to foster German language education and culture. The school meets on Saturday mornings at Christ the King Lutheran Church at Rice Boulevard and Greenbriar.Not only will you find affordable German language classes offered for you yourself but also for your family on all grade levels and difficulty levels, including play circles for the 3 years old, Kindergarten and Elementary levels through Highschool level as well, classes for German native speakers and also for German as a second language. If you or your children want to have the option for the future to study at a German university or take on a job in Germany, you will find excellent teachers who will prepare students for German language diplomas (Deutsches Sprachdiplom). For adults the school offers the “Zertifikat Deutsch and the “Goethe-Zertifikat B2” of the Goethe Institute of Germany. Many students are getting prepared for the AP and AATG Exams. If your stay in Houston is only temporary, this is a great place for the kids to keep up with German language reading, writing, and speaking. Furthermore, you will find German bakery products, sing German folk songs, explore German culture and history and celebrate German holidays such as St. Martins Day, Christmas, Fasching (Kareval), the Tag der Deutschen Einheit (German Reunification Day) and Easter. Every school year is being concluded by an End-of-the-Year party.
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Goethe-Institut Boston was the first Goethe-Institut in the United States and founded in 1967. It is located in the historic Back Bay/Beacon Hill area and provides services for the six New England states of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. The Goethe-Institut Boston is the contact point for anyone interested in German culture and for those who want to study or teach German.The language department offers a full range of language courses and official exams. In our multimedia classrooms, students not only learn German, but develop a more comprehensive understanding of German culture. Learning about German life and culture is an integral part of the language courses. Extensive workshops and teacher training seminars for school and university teachers of German as a Second Language round off the program. Our students have free access to a small DVD library and receive notice and invites to our cultural events.The Goethe-Institut's language-learning system is worldwide and modeled after the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for language acquisition.
- URL: http://www.goethe.de/boston
German School Chicago
German School Chicago is an independent, not-for-profit, dual-language day school with the curriculum mainly taught in German and with a multi-cultural approach. Students learn in a supportive, intimate, individualized environment that nurtures curiosity and creativity and fosters global awareness. GSC students – fluent in German and English – will become well-rounded, responsible global citizens. GSC offers Preschool, Kindergarten, and Elementary School Grades 1-4 and welcomes students of all backgrounds and nationalities.
Deutsche Schule Metro Detroit
Deutsche Schule Metro Detroit provides German language instruction for all ages while maintaining a high-quality German curriculum for native and non-native German children and adults. We offer classes for native speakers, German as a second language and German as a foreign language for children and adults. We also offer Spanish, French and Latin classes for all levels. Our teachers are all degreed and professional educators.DSMD is recognized as one of 1500 "PASCH-Schools: Partners for the Future" worldwide. We have extensive testing programs for all languages and language levels. DSMD is an accredited testing location for the Europäische Fernhochschule Hamburg GmbH and the Fern Universität Hagen.
German Learning Center of Weston
The German Learning Center of Weston was founded in 2008 by Gaby Villiotis, born from her love to German culture and her desire to celebrate and teach the German language and culture in Florida. Our curriculum teaches students from early childhood to High School to Adult Classes in verbal and written German communication through traditional classes, games, interactive play, events and activities. We also offer a variety of music and arts classes for children beginning at the age of three. Join us in celebrating German festivals and holidays.Carnivals, lantern festivals, and Christmas plays have become yearly traditions and are always a great success. In fact, we are able to preserve ourselves a piece of our ”Heimat”, and our children become acquainted with the German language, customs, and traditions.
German School of Ft. Lauderdale
The ‘German School of Ft. Lauderdale’ was founded in summer 2002. We offer a daily full immersion preschool program, furthermore the curriculum includes ‘German Lessons at the Elementary Level’ and group lessons teaching ‘German as a Foreign Language’ for children and adults. Classes are being taught by certified instructors.Our pupils participate annually in the “National German Exam' of the AATG (American Association of Teachers of German) and in the examinations to "The german Language Diploma', administered by the ‘Central Agency for Schools Abroad’ (ZfA).
German School of Atlanta
The German School is an accredited Saturday morning school (accredited through the Georgia Accrediting Commission) offering a unique educational experience in a genuine German environment. German is offered for native speakers and as a foreign language from the pre-kindergarten through the adult level. The School also broadens the student’s appreciation and awareness of another culture in a friendly and natural setting. We are unique in offering foreign language instruction to younger children and, at the secondary school level, complement German language programs in Atlanta area schools with recognized AATG and DSD tests.
Alexander von Humboldt Schule
Alexander von Humboldt German International School Montreal is a trilingual (German, English, French) independent private school which belongs to a worldwide network of over 140 German schools abroad. It was founded in 1980 with the goal of providing a multilingual learning environment while satisfying both German as well as Quebec education requirements. It offers an enriched program up to Grade 12, starting with preschool from as early as 2 ½.
- Email:email@example.com Contact Person: Birgit Siemers
Deutsche Sprachschule Halton
For over thirty years our school has provided German language courses to children and adults. This is an Ontario Ministry of Education program offered by the Halton District School Board, as part of its International (Elementary) Language Program. Classes are offered from Junior Kindergarten to high school credit classes 10, 11 and 12. Please note: the Halton Board does not offer German Language interest courses for adults; however, adults may join the high school credit courses under the Adult Continuing Education Program.
Friedrich Schiller Schule
We are a Private German School in Mississauga, Ontario Canada and the school has given German instruction since 1972. We have a website at www.fschillerschule.ca. Please peruse our website.
German Heritage Language School
Learn German and Discover the World! For over 25 years the German Heritage Language School taught classes for children and adults at various levels.Come and join us once a week.Visit our website for more information: www.german-language-school.ca
- Contact name: Erika Ehses, phone: 902 425-7657, firstname.lastname@example.org
DSQ (Deutsche Sprachschule Quebec)
Our Saturday schools offer German classes for students of various levels. Our classes are ideal for both beginners and students who want to improve their German skills. Our qualified and enthusiastic teachers strive to provide their students with both excellent German language skills and with a better understanding of German culture and history.
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