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PK-12
Private
Potomac, MD
Students enrolled: 500
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8617 Chateau Drive
Potomac, MD 20854

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(301) 767-3807
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March 31, 2015
This school suffers from myopia. The administration is set in its ways. Decisions are often arbitrary. While the school has some positives, if your child deviates from the mold they are looking for (quiet and easy to teach) you will not have a pleasant experience. If your child has any spunk or comes from a non- German speaking home - forget it, your child likely won't receive the support needed and will not be asked back. Keep in mind this is essentially a German public school which makes it rigid and inflexible, but at a private school price tag. While it should be more open to local outsiders and recruit and provide more support to non- native German speaking families to promote the principles espoused in its mission statement, it does a poor job. It is too bad because it could be a great asset to the community. My child attended for SES and the teacher constantly complained about minor/normal 5 year old behavior. Now at the public school and magically no behavior concerns whatsoever. Also your child will be behind academically when you transition to public school- at least that is the case in elementary school. Facilities average. Location & parking difficult.

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March 19, 2015
We have two children at the school. One in the elementary school and one in the preschool. I can only talk about our experience. We are a local family and speak English and German at home. We find the teachers and staff to be very dedicated and professional. Class sizes are small - but not too small (my daughter's class has 17 children). My first grader has learned how to read within two months and is know reading fluently (at her age level). There is an emphasis on math and science. The afternoon programs offers "mad science" for the 1st and 2nd graders twice a week. Our preschooler is also periodically doing "mad science" in his class and loves it. The indoor swimming pool is very nice. My daughter has swimming twice a week, one hour in the morning and two school hours in the afternoon. She has gone from not swimming at all in the beginning of the school year to swimming small laps and diving within four months. We are very happy with the school.

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March 14, 2015
Just read the earlier review. I have to disagree. Fabulous music department? There is a band that meets after school to practice but that is not part of the school. The school doesn't teach the children to play an instrument . Outstanding science program? It seems very average to me. If you want your child to participate in the after school science class then start making friends now. Your child has to be invited to join so if your child wants to explore more science opportunities you have little luck. I find suspect that the children of the teachers get into the class before the the full tuition paying student. The school could be really good, but it is like the administration doesn't want to change. Plus, half the teachers come from Germany and stay 3 years. So there is a constant rotation of teachers. For the most part, this is a holiday for the teachers and their family so they don't seem to have a strong tie to the school or are motivated to go above and beyond. The schools raises the tuition each year but i don't see improvement in the school to match the tuition increase.

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March 14, 2015
It is an average school. The tuition keeps going up and you will find the tuition is about the same as other very good schools in the area. The teachers are OK but the administration needs to be replaced. It is like they have their own little click and you have to become one of them if you want to get financial aid or have a question that needs answered. Don't question them or try to seek improvement or they will find a way to make it difficult for you. My child went there but we transferred him to the public schools . We found that that that if you want your child to do well on the SAT and go to a US college - you may want to not consider this school.

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March 11, 2015
I have two children at the school one in the elementary and one in the upper school. Both children love it, especially the older one. We are one of the families who don't speak German at home. I can share the following positive experiences: The teachers are excellent, very dedicated and kind (even in the upper school). The school is providing a strong foundation in German and English, and the children who graduate are truly bilingual. That in itself is an amazing edge when competing for the coveted spots in the top universities. Furthermore, the school has an excellent program in the sciences, languages, mathematics and encourages critical thinking. Classes are small. There is also the option of having shorter days(especially in the elementary school), allowing children more time for play, or longer days with a wide array of afternoon sports, arts, theatre, and musical activities. It is a wonderfully warm and safe environment and has a great cafeteria. I would highly recommend the school for the education, relative affordability(compared to other private schools), the opportunity to be immersed in another culture, and a warm environment.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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German School Washington DC
8617 Chateau Drive, Potomac, MD  20854
(301) 767-3807
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