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German School Washington DC1
Posted November 29, 2014
- a parent
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.
Our kids attended for many years until we pulled them out recently due to the dramatic decline of academic and behavioral standards. The DSW used to have excellent academics and respectful teachers and students, but an exponential rise in tuition several years ago led to an exodus of many local solidly bilingual kids. To make up for the tuition shortfall, the school lowered its admission standards and admitted students with less than fluent German, even in the upper grades. (Note this is a German overseas school, meant to follow a curriculum set by the German government to be taught, more or less, entirely in German.) Recent first-grade classes have had several students that barely understand German, let alone speak it. The results have been entirely predictable: standards have dropped dramatically to accommodate these students, to the extent that many students, unless they're expats, continue to speak pigeon German even after many years at the DSW, By 3rd grade the academics are now about a year below standards in Germany and those of the better American schools. Discipline is chaotic and bullying is rife. These days it's truly a failing school where poor performers set the tone.
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.
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.
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.