GISSV is a private school offering a bilingual German-English educational program with classes from Preschool through 12th Grade. GISSV serves children of all nationalities and is accredited by the German government and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
GISSV has two campuses: the main campus in Mountain View offering Preschool to Grade 12 and the San Francisco campus also a K-8.

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School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Prekindergarten-12
Learning Difference Programs
Year Founded
Summer School Offered

Student Body

Total Students
545 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 48%
Students by Grade
German International School Of Silicon Valley Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
50 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size
15 students
Number of AP Courses
9 courses
Advanced Courses
Economics, English Language and Composition, English Literature and Composition, French, German
Classroom Dress Code

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Admissions Director
Michelle Bonau


Total Sports Offered
6 sports

School Notes

  • Our dual-language program is interdisciplinary and provides rich project-based and differentiated learning experiences, nurturing holistic and individual development. We provide small class sizes, an excellent student-to-teacher ratio and safe, stimulating learning environments. We also move and think beyond the classroom by exploring all the cultural, natural, academic and entrepreneurial destinations the Bay Area has to offer. All GISSV programs are bilingual German/English and based on the German curriculum of the state of Thuringia, which is known and respected for its well-rounded educational approach, fostering interests across all academic disciplines as well as social-emotional competency, critical thinking, artistic expression and physical motor skills. Our curricula for English, American History and Economics are based on the Common Core Standards. We feature a strong science program and are a recognized MINT (the German equivalent to STEM) school. Specialty classes such as sports, music, the arts, as well as third and fourth languages, all taught by professionally trained specialists, are an integral part of the day at GISSV. Our curriculum is supported and enhanced by comprehensive science and technology resources, such as SMART boards, iPads, laptops and supplies for hands-on science experiments. The shared curriculum approach of all GISSV programs enables a smooth transition between all grade levels for our students.

School Reviews

My children love their little German school! From day 1 to today, they have each loved learning in this supportive and enriching environment. In fact, it is an ongoing joke in our home that if they don't obey, I might just keep them home from school. The ultimate threat! My oldest joined the oldest class in 1st grade with no knowledge of German. Seven years later, she is fluent in German, very much feels the part of a global citizen and has built her individual confidence. In my opinion, GISSV's curriculum is enriching and varied. They bring in the best forms of learning such as project-based learning, teaching others (ie presentations, helping others in class), inquiry-based learning. All the while keeping the foundation strong with practical and logical strength in mathematics, language arts and sciences. I very much appreciate that my children can even write beautifully. Additionally, the teachers are kind, nurturing and strict with high standards.
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