Category Archives: German Schools In California

SOCAL German Day 2017 at UCI


Yesterday on Tuesday, February 7 the UCI Department of European Languages and Studies invited to its SOCAL German Day 2017.  A day that started out with German weather in fact. But despite initial rain showers students and teachers came out in big numbers to learn what UCI’s German Studies Program had to offer.

German School campus students and the school’s founder Frau Ursula Schoeneich attended as well and joined in the three hours filled program whichUCI -German consul was put together by Glenn Levine, Professor of German and German Language Program Director at UCI. Before the crowd of students spread out to find their respective session, School of Humanities Dean Georges van den Abbeele as well as the German Deputy Consul General Kathrin Steinbrenner welcomed teachers and students to the event.

A variety of interesting and fun classes were offered including sessions led by Peter Zykowski of the Goethe Institute San Francisco, a workshop with Hanni Geist from the DAAD, and daad-workshop-with-hanni-geista class with Vera Dindoyal from the ZfA-Zentralstelle für das Auslandsschulwesen of the Federal Republic of Germany.

Students of German School campus won the German Trivia Quiz 1 with 20 to 11 against other High School students. They joined classes of “Getting a Degree in Germany”, “Step into German with Soccer and Music”, and a “German Theater workshop”.

At the end of the event everyone could enjoy a UCI Campus Tour led by UCI’s German Studies students in German or English. By that time California sun had come out again as well and begged for a visit at the university’s ‘Mensa’ (food court). Frau Schoeneich and her German School campus students took that moment to discuss the day’s exciting moments while going through their gift bags filled with information and enjoying California fare.


Text/Images: German School campus & CaliforniaGermans


New Language Immersion School in Glendale to Open Fall 2017


In fall 2017 a new language immersion school is planning to open its doors in the Los Angeles area. 

International Studies Language Academy (, a new charter school in Glendale, will have an:

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (K-5) that will offer immersion (90/10 model) in French, German, Italian and Spanish. All grades K-5 will be open to all students, regardless of language skills – no prior knowledge of the target language is required.
The MIDDLE SCHOOL will have two tracks. A Continued Immersion track will be open to students already fluent in their target language (25/75 model). An Acquisition track will be open to students with no prior knowledge of the target language (25/75 model), giving them an opportunity to become fluent in their target language by high-school.

The program of the school is designed according to the International Baccalaureate framework and is furthermore supported by the school’s affiliation with the International Studies Charter School in Miami, which is ranked #1 among charter schools in Florida.

The State has already approved the new immersion school to have its location in Glendale. The actual school building will be in Southern Glendale and is still in the process of being negotiated. The school model, similar to Benjamin Franklin Magnet School in Glendale, will also offer 6-8 grades, so that the students can continue their immersion education in German (and other languages) throughout middle school. In 2018, the board is planning to file a petition for a Language Immersion High School as well.

If you are interested in the school and would like to find out more, please visit the future school’s website at . Questions can also be sent to . 


Image Credit: ISLA




Good-Bye Summer – Hello School

school busGood-Bye Summer – Hello School

While some schools and students are just getting ready for another school year many school districts in California have decided to let the school year start early and are in fact already in full swing…

Gone are the days when, almost as a rule, school would start right after Labor Day.  This is the case also with some German Schools in California whose first day of instruction is around the corner!

GERMAN-SCHOOL-campus-Sea base


GermanSchoolCampus in Newport Beach is ready for another excellent year

“A wonderful new German School year of 2016/2017 is ahead of us”, says GermanSchoolCampus founder Ursual Schoeneich excitedly as she shares her plans for the upcoming year. Her school which is located right at the beautiful Newport Sea Base, offers classes for beginners and advanced German learners.

And… you will not just learn German but you will walk away with a diploma for every level, since you are actually working towards an official German exam that is accepted by the Common European Framework of Reference for Language (CEFRL).

Each level of German studies therefore will end with achieving the corresponding German Exam A1, A2, B1 through B2/C1 of the CEFRL and also AATG Level 1to 4.

All classes are open to native and non-native speakers from 7 years to 18 years old or as long as they are enrolled in High School. The school offers also preparation classes for AP German, an Advanced Placement course which is offered by some High Schools in the area.

Classes for Beginners and Advanced German learners start on Monday, August 29, 2016 closely followed by the Intermediate German class which starts Thursday September 1st in the afternoon hours.

All GermanSchoolCampus teachers are on task as they visit conferences during the year and keep going with their continuing education. All classes are taught primarily in German except for giving certain instructions or assistance.

Keeping Traditions Alive

Celebrate with GermanSchoolCampus the many traditional festivities throughout the year, and learn about German culture through its traditions. The school holds a St. Martin Lantern Parade in November and in December you can participate in the Gingerbread House Decoration contest followed by a Christmas Party. In February you can learn about German Fasching by attending the Carnival Party and in April be part of the Easter Egg Hunt at the Easter Party.

To find out more about GermanSchoolCampus please visit their website, or if you would like to enroll in some German classes you can go straight ahead at



Image: , GermanSchoolCampus



Fun Open House Event at the German School Campus this Saturday

Newport Sea BaseOPEN HOUSE at the Newport Sea Base and German School Campus

Enjoy a nautical Saturday with a little German mixed in at the Newport Bay. The Newport Sea Base and the German School Campus, which is located at the Sea Base, have a fun day planned ahead.

Bring your friends and family and discover the exciting possibilities for girls and boys on the waterfront, and find out more about the German School Summer Camp as well as registration for the upcoming school year 2016/17.

Free Events and Activities are the following:

Sailboat & Pontoon Boat Rides
“Coastie” the Talking Tugboat
Sea Scout and NSB Sailing Team
Vessel Tours
Face Painting
Origami Boat Making
Huck Finn Fishing
Row Boats
Lunch provided courtesy of the Balboa Bay Club
Andy Fitzpatrick Regatta

Location: Newport Sea Base
1931 West Coast Highway
Newport Beach CA
Date: April 30, 2016
Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Open House at New German Bilingual School for Children in San Francisco

New German Bilingual Program for children in San Francisco

Do you live in San Francisco and would like your toddler practice his/her German also in Kindergarten? AltSchool in San Francisco has started a German Bilingual program in collaboration with families from Kinderhaus, San Francisco’s only German preschool.

Kinderhaus’ families wanted a progressive, child-centered program, which also was rigorous in German language. The launch of the inaugural German Bilingual program at AltSchool’s Dogpatch school has been a success. The program fosters a whole-child, personalized learning experience while developing proficiency in the German language. Class work is 50% in German and 50% in English, and educators inspire an appreciation of German culture, arts, and history through project-based learning.

The school is accepting applications for TK – 2nd grade from students who are strongly proficient in the German language. If you are interested in learning more about the program, please attend the AltSchool German Open House!

The Open House event will be led by German Bilingual program co-teacher and Head of School, Annette Bauer.

OPEN HOUSE EVENT Details including registration information:                                              Date: Monday, November 23, 2015                                                                          Time: 10:30-11:30 am                                                                                           Location: AltSchool Dogpatch, 610 20th Street, San Francisco, 94107

You can Register for the Open House also online today!

Additional information on AltSchool German Bilingual Program

AltSchool’s German bilingual program is TK-2nd grade, with a minimum age of 4 years, 9 months at start date. Applications from children that are strongly proficient in German are welcomed.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.                                                     Monthly tuition is $2925 per month, with a 10-month minimum per year. This tuition covers all supplies and field trips and accounts for German curriculum and rich language instruction. The school offers up to $5,000 merit scholarships to students fluent in German, to encourage a rich language experience in the classroom.