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German International School of Silicon Valley - San Francisco Campus

Private | K-8 | 40 students

Best of Two Worlds - Learning in English and German
 
 

 
 

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $1,121,400. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,630.

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5 stars

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2012:
Based on 4 ratings
2011:
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Posted November 2, 2012

Our son started kindergarten at GISSV this fall and he loves it. As parents, we love it too. His teachers are amazing with the children. It's a small group of kids so he gets plenty of attention. The location is great. What else could we ask for?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 30, 2012

We could have not hoped for a better school for our daughter: GISSV everything you dream about for your child: caring teachers, small class sizes, diversity, great parent community and bilingual education and so much more. Due to the small class sizes children get one on one attention and are challenged based on their capabilities. The environment of the school - located in the beautiful Presidio with views on the Golden Gate bridge- creates a very special learning environment. Afternoon activities include science, art, soccer, rock climbing, piano etc. The teachers are AMAZING and my daughter enjoys every day going to school and to learn in two different languages. I would strongly recommend this school to anybody even if there is no german background.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 7, 2012

This school is amazing...in fact when we found it it seemed too good to be true. Small class sizes, very high degree of individualized attention (including free German tutoring to bring kids -like my son who spoke NO german coming into the school- up to speed), a beautiful campus, a great community, and a very reasonable price tag for a private international school. Our enthusiasm continues unabated after one year of having our son here (moved him in from public school, where he was miserable), and he tells us constantly how much he loves it. Don't be discouraged by the German title, the families are an incredibly diverse mix with lots of non German speaking families: If you are looking for an incredible school with a great community for a reasonable price, take a tour and check it out! I am a resident at UCSF and my wife and I moved here a little over a year ago. We were committed to giving the public schools a try. After one year we decided we needed to go to a better school, and started looking into private schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 6, 2012

Our son is part of the first class at GISSV's new San Francisco campus. The teacher's are WONDERFUL, extremely communicative, nurturing and caring. Class sizes for GISSV campuses are extremely small (currently there are under 10 children in the Kindergarten class). We've noticed a HUGE difference with our son's emotional and mental growth since the beginning of school last September, mostly due to the his highly nurturing teachers and their ability to work closely with each child. As a non-German speaking parent, I was slightly hesitant to send my son to a full language immersion program. This was completely unnecessary, as he is doing wonderfully and the German method of education--where K is mostly play-based--fit his needs well. I have even decided to learn the language myself in order to help him acclimate at home. The School's current house in the Presidio is charming and beautiful, as the class is minutes away from wonderful outdoor activities, such as a walk across the Golden Gate Bridge, stroll through Crissy Field, a day at the Exploratorium, etc. We cannot recommend GISSV SF more. This will not be a best-kept secret for long!
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Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
Computer specialist(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Gardening teacher(s)
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 psychologist
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff French
German
Russian
Spanish
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Mathematics
  • Science
Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Recycling club
  • Robotics club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Orchestra
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
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • German
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • German
  • Russian
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Honors track
Clubs
  • Debate
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:30 am
School end time
  • 2:00 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 8:00 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 5:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (650) 254-0749

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Advanced placement courses
  • College prep
  • German Curricula
  • Honors track
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Foreign languages
  • Global
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Science
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • German
Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services
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
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • German

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • 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 psychologist
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • German
  • Russian
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab

After school program 1

Types of activities
  • Academic
  • Arts
  • Athletic
Days offered
  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday
Is enrollment limited to students who attend the school?
  • Yes
What grades can participate?
  • K-8
Is there a fee for the program?
  • Yes
Is financial aid available?
  • No
How can parents find out more about fees?
  • Call
  • Visit website
Website
Phone number
  • 650 254 0748

German Immersion Summer Camp (summer program)

Types of activities
  • Arts
  • Language
  • Science nature
Days offered
  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday
Is enrollment limited to students who attend the school?
  • No
What grades can participate?
  • K-2
Is there a fee for the program?
  • Yes
Is financial aid available?
  • No
How can parents find out more about fees?
  • Call
  • Visit website
Website
Phone number
  • 650 254 0748
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Sailing
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Sailing
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis

Arts & music

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

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Community service
  • Debate
  • Drama club
  • Homework help/study buddy club
  • Recycling club
  • Robotics club
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Neither uniforms nor dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
School leaders can update this information here.

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What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
$16000 - $16000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
UC Berkeley
Stanford
NYU
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4 Funston Ave.
Bldgs. 4&8
San Francisco, CA 94129
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Phone: (650) 254-0748

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