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German Int'l School Of Silicon Valley

Private | K-12 | 428 students

We are best known for bilingual full immersion and highest academic standards
 
 

 
 

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $575,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,660.

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Posted May 20, 2013

The big Problem is the typical 3 dividet schoolsystem of Germany. The teacher can t mange to be fair to the child who is in the middle type of Middleschool (Realschule). There are only "Gymnasiallehrer" (Highschoolteacher) teaching the big "good" group. The Realschul children will never get a change to become good and to swich to the higher level to the Gymnasium even they do the same clases at the same time. Those German teacher can t praise those childs they are so negativ (typical German Teacher) Who don t mind than the school is ok.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 2, 2013

This is a great school with excellent teachers, strong school leadership, and challenging academic program. The school offers advanced placement classes and students get their high school diploma and the "Abitur" which allows them to study anywhere in Europe. Kids have bilingual immersion classes with a third language in middle school. All at an comparatively affordable price tag. I have my three kids there (all born in the US).
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 17, 2011

Our two kids joined the middle school here, after attending public elementary school on the Peninsula. A previous reviewer that stated that there was little support for kids that have deficits in German. That has definitely not been our experience. Both of our kids had previous exposure to German, but neither was fluent. There has been tremendous support from the school and the teachers to help them catch up. In fact the individual attention students consistently receive from the teachers is the stand-out feature of the school. This school offers highly trained and highly motivated teachers, small classes, and a well rounded curriculum. The school community is very cohesive and the atmosphere is friendly. And it costs a lot less than other private schools of similar quality.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 7, 2011

I have two children at the GISSV, Berkeley Campus, in 1st and 3rd grade. We are very happy with the school, the challenging academics, the quality of the instruction in German and English, and the nurturing environment. The new Principal is fabulous, he is a true leader of the school. Both my children love going to school, they learn something new every day, and critical thinking is encouraged every day. The curriculum is a good mix of standard learning and pursuing creative projects. The children have PE almost every day, and also music and arts on a weekly basis.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 6, 2011

Moving from the East Coast to the bay area 5 years ago my daughter was 4 years old. We researched schools between Menlo Park and Mountain View and visited two of them. Although speaking English at home we believe the bilingual concept built in the education program at GISSV is stimulating and of great value for personal development. We liked the small classes and felt the principal, teachers, and staff accomplished to create a positive learning environment where kids felt save, encouraged, motivated and supported, so we were excited to sign our child up at GISSV. The bilingual concept has worked and GISSV demonstrated experience mixing the right ingredients and applying a personalized formula for each student. Seeing my daughter's interest to learn, motivation going to school, social and personal development, we made the right choice 5 year ago. From being closely engaged with the school I clearly see the school's academic program, the GISSV leadership team, teachers and parents are core contributing factors providing the nurturing environment, promoting critical and imaginative thinking and cultural diversity, reflecting values I learned stand for California's Silicon Valley.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 6, 2011

We moved from Germany in 2010 with our three kids. The school integrates new children very well and they picked up English quickly. We like the opportunity for our kids to make the US High School Diploma as well as the German Abitur given them the ability to study in Europe or the US. Considering the size of the school it offers many afternoon acitivities which is important for working parents like us and if playdates are difficult to arrange due to distances. We are happy with the school and compared to experience in Germany believe that quality of education is much better.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 5, 2011

Great bilingual program, great diversity where the students come from, small class sizes, everyone seems to know one another, kids have also friends in different grades, buddy system for 1st graders, approachable teachers, warm, welcoming atmosphere
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 7, 2011

Very good education which follows the curriculum of schools in Germany while meeting (exceeding) the requirements of the California public schools. It's growing steadily and the upper classes (7-12) are filling in more. Another parent's comment that kids are often coming and leaving (returning to Germany) is true but there is also a significant number of local families who are staying for the long haul. Since English is my kids' first language, I appreciate the regular injection of kids fresh from Germany. So far for us the teaching quality has been superb. There is a new principal since Fall 2010 who is very accessible to parents and in a short time has made a lot of positive changes to the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 10, 2010

Very good if you need to go back to Germany and fit into the system. Classes are like a revolving door with kids coming and leaving all the time. Some discipline problems poorly handled in lower grades. English language program is weak in the elementary school and is given secondary importance to German (not truly bilingual education, but English as 2nd language). I have seen schools in Europe offer better English programs to elementary schoolers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 20, 2010

The bilingual concept of the school is exceptional, starting slower with English in the lower grades (K-2), and evolving into a full fledged German and American curriculum. Students come from a wide variety of backgrounds, and are bilingual, if not trilingual. Teachers are very dedicated and helpful, small class sizes allow for individual support, academics are strong. Parent involvement is welcome and solicited, and parents play an active role. Our two children are extremely happy at this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 19, 2010

The 'international' in the name is a misnomer; this is a German school based upon a traditional German curriculum with a student body majority composed of temporary expatriate families. English is not taught until German reading is mastered, and the elementary school kids are about a year behind their US peers in reading (and use lower level texts for much of the year). Academics are generally strong, but teacher quality is variable. It is a great option if your child needs to fit precisely into the German public school system upon return to Germany. There is no support for different learning styles or learning differences, and the atmosphere is fairly rigid. Lots of homework is the norm, but class hours are shorter than typical US schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 7, 2010

Great program with a committed and talented staff, effectively employing very sound educational principles.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 30, 2009

My child is attending GISSV since fall '09. So far we're very pleased with the school. Our child has adjusted easily. The school (icl. teachers, principal, and students) helped our child to feel very comfortable right from the beginning. From my point of view the education is excellent. Size of the classes for upper grade (HS) is just alright. There are enough students to be friends with and to build a strong relationship. Highly recommanded!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 12, 2008

-expensive, not worth the money -teacher quality: local teachers below average, the 'imported ones' are excellent
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2008

Awesome School. I have two children at the GISSV and we could not be happier. Both are fluent in English and German (reading and writing) thanks to the school. The academic program has a very high standard. Small class sizes allow the teachers to address each child on an individual level. The staff is very professional and always helpful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 24, 2007

Both my children attend GISSV and are very happy there. We have chosen the school due to its bilingual curriculum and also like the concept of a third or fourth foreign language being taught. We feel that our kids are getting the best education possible from the highly skilled teachers employed by the school. Our kids have responded very well to the social and environmental projects, including additional physical education time, that you don't' find at most other schools. The administration staff is very welcoming and have been very helpful during our move to the Silicon Valley. In fact, we find that the teachers and staff have been very eager to have our input on matters that effect the welfare of the school and students. We are very glad to have found such a great school for our kids and can highly recommend GISSV to anybody looking for qualified bilingual education
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 22, 2007

While academic programs are generally good, one big problem the school has is a lack of leadership and transparency. Parents are rarely informed in a timely manner about what is going on at school (also reflected in the the school website, which is quite poor). Parents' input is not typically solicited in decisions affecting the whole school and does not seem welcome. As a consequence, overall parent involvement is low. Most private schools in California seem to offer considerably more extracurricular activities than this school.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 95% 26%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 11%
Hispanic 2% 52%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Black 0% 6%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Two or more races 0% 3%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

College readiness and student pathways

Students typically attend these schools prior to attending this school Local Schools
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Percentage of students going to 4-year college 100% (2012)
Colleges most students attend after graduation University of California
Universities in Germany
other universities in the US
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Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
Dance teacher(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by school staff French
German
Spanish
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Excellence Award "Innovative Learning" (2012)
  • German School of Excellence Abroad (2012)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Math club
  • Recycling club
  • Robotics club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Orchestra
  • Theory
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Drama club
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Foreign languages
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered
  • German
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • German
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • Advanced Placement
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Clubs
  • Debate
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 1:30 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school: ends at 5:30 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Ms. Andrea Spiegelberg
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 3 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Nonsectarian
Fax number
  • (650) 254-0749

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Adult education
  • Curriculum of Thuringia (Germany)
  • Direct instruction
  • STEM
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Foreign languages
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • German
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • German
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
  • Mentoring
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • Advanced Placement
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Computer lab
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
  • Small Schools Intramural League
  • Khan Academy
  • Google (Computer Science Club)
  • Junior Achievement (Intel)
  • SOFIA (NASA)
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Orchestra
  • Theory
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Debate
  • Drama club
  • Math club
  • Recycling club
  • Robotics club
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • School Improvement
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
More from this school
  • We have exchange programs with several schools abroad in Europe and South America
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What does it cost?

Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
University of California
Universities in Germany
other universities in the US
College preparation / awareness offered
College presentations or information sessions
SAT/ACT prep classes
School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Advanced Placement
Students' post-graduation plans in 2012
4 year college - 100%
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310 Easy Street
Mountain View, CA 94043
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Phone: (650) 254-0748

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