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German School New York

Private | PK-12 | 332 students

Excellent bilingual education in a multicultural learning environment

 

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Posted May 31, 2013

The school primarily charters to expats, with only one parent working. The other parent generally spends a lot of time at the school gathering information that is otherwise not being made available, which creates a 1950ies small town Germany feel. The German government sets the curriculum (very good) and has created de facto a job-exchange center for teachers (ZfA). However, the school is really run by a board of parents. The school is underfunded (Germany cuts its support annually) and many of the things that are standard at other schools are missing (e.g. a guidance counselor). The attempts to open the school to non-expats (as German companies lack funds to send people over) so far are aimed at attracting parents that are dissatisfied with their school districts, rather than making the school overall more attractive. Hopefully, the new director in 2013 will get the school somewhat out of its time warp. However, the leadership at the primary school will remain weak. The principle was rehired directly by the school after the ZfA did not renew her contract and recommended to hire somebody local to make the school appealing to a wider audience (make it a Begegungsschule).
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Posted November 23, 2008

Private school funded in part by German government. Almost all classes tought in German, some in English. Very small community consisting of around 350 students form Pre-K through 12. Seniors receive bilingual Abitur as of 2008/2009. Large part of student body consists of children of German, Austrian or Swiss Diplomats. Most only stay at the DSNY for an average of 3 to 5 years. School curriculum is influnced by German school system. A strong focus on the Sciences and German hIstory and literature is the consequence. Homework load is minimal, however class participation is rated very highly. In all a very good school that challenges it's students and offers an open-minded education.


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 96% 52%
Two or more races 2% N/A
Asian 1% N/A
Black 1% 21%
Hispanic 1% 21%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander N/A 6%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% N/A
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
Music teacher(s)
Math specialist(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
College counselor(s)
Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
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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
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
  • Textile design
Music
  • Band
  • Chamber music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Improv
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
  • Video / Film production

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • German
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many languages and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program school-wide for at least 25% of our population
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • German
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • International Baccalaureate (IB)
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:30 am
School end time
  • 3:45 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school: ends at 4:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Ulrich Weghoff
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
Is there an application process?
  • No
Affiliation
  • Nonsectarian

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • International Baccalaureate (IB)
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Global
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
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many languages and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program school-wide for at least 25% of our population
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • German

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
  • School shares bus/van with other schools
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Gymnastics
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Gymnastics
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
  • Textile design
Music
  • Band
  • Chamber music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Improv
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
  • Video / Film production
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
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Monitor the playground
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Tutor
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
School leaders can update this information here.
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50 Partridge Rd
White Plains, NY 10605
Phone: (914) 948-6514

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