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PK-12
Private
Potomac, MD
Students enrolled: 566
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8617 Chateau Drive
Potomac, MD 20854

(301) 767-3807
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January 29, 2015
New parent here. Unfortunately I cannot echo any of the positive reviews. It's a little suspicious that they were all posted within a matter of days and probably "liked" by the same small group of posters, some of whom have a clear stake in talking up the school (kids about to graduate). To parents considering this school I can only emphasize that these glowing reviews do not reflect reality.

- submitted by a parent
January 27, 2015
Great option for international education in the DC metropolitan area ,,, dedicated teachers and outstanding infrastructure !!

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January 27, 2015
We've been very happy with the German School overall - both my kids attended preschool (KIGA) there, and my daughter is now in the 3rd grade, my son in kindergarten (SES). My daughter LOVES the school - we are a bilingual family (I'm originally from Germany and try to speak German to my kids, my husband is American). Our daughter is fully fluent in both languages, our son is more comfortable in English, but he's making progress. Yes, the school has had it's issues, like any school, but people are trying hard to make a difference, and it shows. The school is like an extended family to us. It was very important to me to not lose the "German" from which I came, which is why we chose this school for our kids, and so far, it's been an excellent fit for our kids. The teachers have been caring and excellent with the kids, and I appreciate the emphasis on learning independence, responsibility and self-control. I'm the opposite of a helicopter parent, and I have a tendency to not get overly involved in my kids academic life. That is just our style. So far we've been very happy with the school, as our kids are definitely happy and doing very well.

- submitted by a parent
January 27, 2015
I am a proud parent of 3 children at the DSW. My husband and I are health professionals who traveled around the country and we were looking for a European/German School for our children. He graduated from medical school in Germany and I from Yale University in CT. In 1 yr., our children have become comfortable speaking German. Their libraries provide a vast variety of German books and media, and this has helped us improve our German at home. I love that our children have plenty of time to play outdoors and be children. The classes are small and the qualified and experienced teachers provide excellent learning skills in Math, language, and social development. This very international community is made up of globally experienced and educated parents who have a love and understanding of many things that German education can provide our children. Many of us volunteer in school to provide German cultural festivities, international food at the cafeteria, and musical and artistic variety. Parents are heard and encouraged to get involved. Overall, this school is a perfect fit for my family. I feel welcome and grateful for having a piece of Europe right here in our American soil.

- submitted by a parent
January 27, 2015
I agree with the positive reviews. Our two children (first and fourth grade) have been at the school for several years. The academic standards are very high. We couldn't be happier with their teachers or the quality of the extracurricular activities. The German School is an inclusive and welcoming school in which all children are expected to thrive.

- submitted by a parent
January 27, 2015
We have two children at German School of Washington. one in primary and one in secondary. We are foreign diplomats and this is our first year at this school. Our children were going to an international school in Germany where we paid more than we are paying now! Their main language was English and they had only one hour of German per day. The school was an IB system with PYP program . When we decided to send our kids to DSW, we were really worried about how they would be adapting to a German school. however we were pleasantly surprised. The teachers, the administrators, even the director of the school himself was so helpful in making us feel welcomed and in looking after our children who feel very happy here ,they speak German properly and got great notes already! Regarding their after school program, they offer many activities with proper trainers including karate, dance, football, swimming-by the way the school has a swimming pool too ! They also offer intensive german courses. To take kids to clubs outside school will cost arm and a leg and needs driving long distances! I deeply appreciate what this school has done for us , thank you German School of Washington. I

- submitted by a parent
January 27, 2015
Our son, who is bilingual, is a first grader in his fourth year at the German School, Washington DC (2 years preschool and 1 year Kindergarten). He simply enjoys going to school every day! We love the fact that it is a small school where children are not only "a number", but are cared for as individual personalities. Following the German model, the school does not only focus on academic excellence, but also on social development and "social intelligence" which helps children prepare for their future. The teachers, the principal and the staff at the school are very engaged, and it is wonderful to see the progress the children make every week. The parents at the school are very involved, since volunteering plays an important role at the school. We are driving to the school for 25 miles one way every day, and the school is worth it every mile!

- submitted by a parent
January 27, 2015
I agree with the positive reviews. This is our fourth year at the German school we have a girl in first grade and a boy in pre-school. (Tip: If you are looking for an all-day pre-school for two year olds, this is the place to be!) We love the school at so many levels: Academics: Children have the developmental advantage of learning to speak two languages fluently. The teachers are well trained and can explain their pedagogical approach. We like the emphasis on critical thinking, reasoning, and creativity (rather than rote memorization and learning to the test.) Other benefits: a new science building and a pool (swimming starts in first grade). Social: In the early years, there is a focus on teaching social skills and independence. For families, it s a great community. Spend a little time volunteering at the school and you will be welcomed, wherever you are from. There is a good balance between local families and those only here for a shorter stay.

- submitted by a parent
January 27, 2015
I am a parent, former teacher and a volunteer at the German School. Our children (3) have gone from preschool, kindergarten, elementary school, middle school and our youngest is about to graduate with an american high school diploma and the Abitur. We would not have stayed for that long at the school, if our children would have been unhappy, bullied or not successful. The school offers us more than any other private school in the area could give, as many as 4 other languages ( Spanish, French, Latin, English and of course German), ample teamsport activities, an indoor swimming pool, a fabulous music department, a state of the art sience building (with Green-technologie award!) a cafetria with in-house cooked meals, a very friendly and caring atmosphere plus excellent teachers from all over the world. Our graduates are citizens of the world with every college and university waiting to accept them! I am German with a MBA in Sience from the Ruhr University, my husband is American with a PHD in Engeneering from Karlsruhe University.

- submitted by a parent
January 26, 2015
I'm a parent at the school. We have two children (elementary/preschool). I'm actually a bit surprised at the negative reviews. We are very happy with the school. We are a local family and are planning to live in the DC area long-term. My husband is American and I am German. I cannot echo at all the negative feed-back about low academic standards, low morale and a "chaotic administration". I'm not sure we're talking about the same school here. Our daughter is in first grade and she could not be happier. She has been at the school for four years. Her first year class has 17 students. There is an auxiliary teacher for German and math. There is a good mix of students. About 20% only have German at home, about 60% have German and English at home, and the remaining 20% only English. Her teacher is very motivated, caring and on top of her game. My daughter is starting to read very quickly, enjoys math and the science component. There is time for music, art & sports/swimming. My husband and I are very picky and vetted the school for a while before opting for it. We also spoke to a number of parents with children in upper grades and received none of feed-back listed below.

- submitted by a parent
November 29, 2014
Ditto all issues already mentioned. Our kids attended the school for years before we pulled them out due to bullying and low academic standards. While our preschool yrs were still ok, there has been such a decline in the teaching quality and the school experience overall that we no longer felt comfortable leaving our children in the care of the school's staff nor could we justify the tuition costs while our kids were bored, unhappy, developing a poor work ethic and a bad attitude towards learning. While the school markets itself as the place where the English speakers become bilingual, it is simply not true -the promised "immersion" does not work as there are too few kids with confirmed, correct German language skills and there is no effective program to bring up to speed those who don't. For those looking for a typical German school - one with a warm atmosphere, a sense of community that promotes mutual respect and healthy interactions with teachers and peers, and high academic achievement by all, my advice would be to stay away. The school is great at making promises but by now has lost its ability to deliver on them, and the emotional toll it takes on the kids is just too high.

- submitted by a parent
November 11, 2014
can confirm the chaotic organization and dealing with issues & suggestions. "Yeah, we heard that complaint before" and nothing happened or "oops, we forgot" are common answers to critical issues such as security (some kids get hurt during play time and no one cares), health (kids get fed certain foods despite us having raised medical issue with teacher, kitchen AND noted in form!) and education (e.g. too little English classes, and those are taught by Germans despite promised otherwise previous to enrollment). I have multiple examples for all of this. Also, the atmosphere is not very heart-warming, not even for pre-school kids. I currently have two kids in this school. Seriously considering changing the school.

- submitted by a parent
September 29, 2014
Very chaotic administration and most of the teacher in the higher class are not motivated to teach. There is no teacher evaluation. No teaching quality control. Some of them stayed many years in the same position, teach the same thing, they prepared many years before. In the class, they just read the old staff and made no effort to teach. So there are some situations, they just teach the wrong thing. The atmosphere is really bad. The Students are not motivated either. No leadership aspects at all.

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2014
Socially good for the kids. Class size can be as large as 26 students. Administration is inflexible and hard to deal with if you have any concerns. After school activities are limited and no advance placement classes.

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no rating March 19, 2009
Great school with an excellent academic program, all students either are or become at least bi-lingual. Also features a nice indoor swimming pool and three gymnasiums.

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June 01, 2007
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German School Washington DC
8617 Chateau Drive, Potomac, MD  20854
(301) 767-3807
Last modified German School Washington DC is a Private school that serves grades PK-12
German School Washington DC Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 17 reviews. Top