German School Washington Dc

8617 Chateau Drive
Potomac, MD 20854-0208
     Tel: (301)767-3807
Grades: PK - 12 | 522 students
Young pupil arrives at the German School Washington, D.C.
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Young pupil arrives at the German School Washington, D.C.
Since 1961, the German School Washington, D.C.
unites European traditions and values with American dynamics to give young people the ideal foundation for the future in a global world.
Because of our proximity to the U.S.
capital, we can offer our students a truly unique environment.
Lectures and presentations by high-ranking diplomats, politicians, authors and scientists during the weekly Lecture Series are just as much part of it, as are visits to various embassies, world-class museums and the participation at a Model United Nations meeting for teenagers in Washington, D.C.
The teaching philosophy is based on and incorporates the latest technological, scientific, cultural and pedagogical developments.
The excellent bilingual education – which leads to university access in Europe and the United States – is completed by holistic learning and the development of the whole person.
Respect and mutual understanding are not empty words here, but a part of daily life.
Of course, athletics, theater and many extracurricular activities also belong to the school life.
We have our own indoor swimming pool, three gymnasiums, an outdoor sports area, as well as a stage and an auditorium for theater productions and presentations.
Our students, parents and teachers know that the world does not end in the classroom – it only begins there.

School Overview

School Type School with Special Program Emphasis
School Membership(s)School Assoc. Other school association(s)
Grades Offered Grades Prekindergarten - 12
Learning Difference Programs Yes
Learning Programs Supported Dyslexia, Language based, LD
Year Founded 1961

Student Body

Total Students 522 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
Students by Grade German School Washington Dc Students by Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 75 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 7:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree 98%
Number of AP Courses 7 courses
Advanced Courses 1 Biology,  1 English,  1 French,  1 German,  1 Physics, 2 Mathematics, 
Average SAT score 1858
Classroom Dress Code Casual
(No uniforms)

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost $10,700
Tuition Notes Tuition rates depend on the child\'s age and grade. Limited financial aid is available.
Admissions Director Sean Gaetjen


Total Sports Offered 9 sports
Sports Basketball, Indoor Soccer, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Ultimate Frisbee, VolleyballBasketballIndoor Soccer,
Track and FieldUltimate Frisbee,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 9 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. Big Band, Choir, Gymnastics, Karate, Model Train, Model UN, Science, Swim Team, Yearbook Big Band, Choir, Gymnastics, Karate, Model Train, Model UN, Science, Swim Team, Yearbook,

School Notes:

  • Established in 1961 as the first government supported German School in North America
  • Accredited by the Conference of Ministers of Education, Federal Republic of Germany
  • Approved by the Department of Education, Maryland
  • Member of the Association of Independent Schools of Greater Washington (AISGW)
  • Multinational student body representing approximately 15 different countries
  • Instructional Languages: German; English program for native speakers; U.S. History is taught in English, while History and Geography have bilingual sequences in grades 7-9
  • Other Languages: French, Spanish and Latin
  • German curriculum (Free State of Thuringia)
  • Approximately 75 teachers most with advanced degrees
  • Students have the option of taking a variety of courses at the Advanced Placement (AP) level.
  • Diplomas: Abitur, which qualifies students for entry into German and European universities. The Abitur is recognized worldwide, and American colleges typically grant students advanced standing.
  • High School Diploma requires 24 academic units. • English: 4 credits • Math: 4 credits • Foreign Languages: 5 credits • Sciences: 3.5 credits • Social Studies: 3.5 credits • Fine Arts: 2 credits • Sports: 2 credits Universities that have accepted our graduates include: • American University • Brown University • Carnegie Mellon University • Catholic University • Cornell University • Duke University • Georgetown University • Harvard University • Johns Hopkins University • Princeton University • Stanford University • United States Air Force Academy • University of Virginia • Yale University

Nearby Schools:

The nearest high school is Connelly School Of The Holy Child (0.5 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is Our Lady Of Mercy School (0.3 miles away)
The nearest preschool is Walden Montessori Academy (1 miles away)
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Both our children are at the preschool (2 and 4 years old). We are very happy at the school and would like our children to continue at the school through high school. The teachers are extremely well qualified and caring. We also like the emphasis on science, foreign language acquisition and an overall international education.
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