GERMAN SCHOOLS – Kindergarten – PreSchools

There are many choices for German Immersion Schools throughout California. In the following find schools in Southern California and Northern California. (For Northern California please scroll down)

Southern California  

Please find Saturday Schools and German language schools first followed by international and immersion schools in SoCal.


 GermanSchoolCampus – Newport Beach

German School campus Newport Beach is a Language school open to all students who desire to master the German Language or to enhance their German language skills. We offer classes to native and non-native speakers from 4 years to 17 years old. Each Level of your German studies will culminate in the corresponding German Exam. A1, A2, DSDI- B1 through DSDII B2/C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Language (CEFRL) and AATG Level 1 to 4. German School campus has open enrollment.

Contact: (949) 229 7389

German Pacific School of San Diego San Diego

The German Pacific School San Diego (GPSSD) is a Language school open to all students who desire to master the German Language or to enhance their German language skills. The GPSSD offers classes to native and non-native speakers from 2 1/2 years old through adults. The GPSSD offers classes on different levels on Saturday mornings, weekday afternoons and weeknights as well as field trips and camps with focus on education about German language and culture.               GPSSD brings The STEM curriculum into the German classroom setting. Science experiments conducted in German will teach children about science all in German. Older children will learn how to formulate lab reports in German. There are 3 different locations to choose from:

Main location: Samstags in Clairemont: 4271 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, San Diego, CA 92117 (Clairemont Lutheran Church) – Freitags in Poway: 16889 Espola Rd, Poway, CA 92064 (Incarnation Lutheran Church) – Donnerstags in Carmel Valley: 13885 El Camino Real, San Diego, CA 92130 (Chines Harvest Church)

Contact: 858-461-9118

House of Germany – San Diego

As part of the International Cottages in Balboa Park, San Diego, the Kinderwerkstatt at The House of Germany offers German language instruction to students between the age of 4 and 14 on specific days throughout the week.

German American School Association

The German School Association of Southern California, Inc. (GASA) offers classroom-based German language programs to children ages 4 – 17 years in its Saturday Schools, ages 3 – 5 years in its Kinderland School and after school programs at different locations. Parent & Me classes for children 1-3 years old are currently provided in Brea / Anaheim Hills. Please check the website for specific locations and times.

Locations in Brea/Yorba Linda, Costa Mesa, Encino, Long Beach, Mission Viejo, San Diego Area, Santa Monica Area, South Bay Area, Temple City, Thousand Oaks, Glendale Kinderland, Pasadena Kinderland

Contact: 562-693-0223


Immersion Schools /International Schools

Southern California

Albert Einstein Academies ( San Diego)

The Albert Einstein Academy Charter School opened its doors to San Diego children in September 2002. On March 8, 2005, the San Diego Unified School District awarded the school its own site at an available school campus located at Ash and 30th on the edge of Balboa Park. This site is within 1 1/2 miles from the zoo, multiple museums, the symphony hall, and downtown San Diego and provides an outstanding location for the school’s multi-lingual, multi-cultural focus.

Contact: (619)-795-1190

Franklin Magnet School (L.A.)

The International Foreign Language Academy Calling is a public magnet school striving for high achievement with immersion programs in English, German, Italian, and Spanish through its California Standards-Based Language Immersion Program

Constact: (818) 243 1809

Goethe International Charter School (L.A.)

Goethe International is following a curriculum that is international in scope as well as personal in focus, by providing instruction in English and German, in the immersion model, and by offering an educational environment that is small, academically rigorous and accountable.

Contact: (310) 306.3484

Ute’s Kinderschule (Orange County)

Offering a  German immersion program embedded in a German Kindergarten system, the school offers a nurturing home environment and is based on the Rudolf Steiner philosophy to teach the whole child: mind, body & soul. Activities throughout the day will include practical math & creative ABC, arts & crafts, music & movement as well as cooking and nature walks among many other activities.  Ute’s KinderSchule in Irvine is offering full and part-time programs.

Contact: (949) 786.3877

Tivoli Rainbow Garden Preschool  (L.A.)

The school is a mixed-age group of children from 2 ½ years up to kindergarten age with a play-based and developmentally oriented curriculum. The children will explore who they are and what they can do. Ilka Sternberger and her staff also offer a German-language program during school hours and after. Enrollment is for 2, 3, or 5 days per week.  The Location is very central.

Contact: (310)-301 9147

WanderKind – Bilingual Preschool (Los Angeles/Glendale)

WanderKind Bilingual Preschool aims to reconnect young children with nature by taking them outdoors daily, taking advantage of our location at Brand Park and other parks, canyons and forests nearby. WanderKind which is founded by Dr. Franziska Reff, a trained child and family therapist and an early childhood expert, offers these experiences while teaching and strengthening a second language. Instruction of 2-5 years olds will take place in German. Helping your child become bilingual is an invaluable gift and strengthens their overall cognitive abilities. WanderKind Preschool prioritizes a child-led approach to learning, allowing kids to follow their natural curiosity.

Contact: (415) 812-6675

Highland Hall Waldorf School  (San Fernando Valley)

A fully-accredited Waldorf school in the San Fernando Valley that runs from the Parent/Child and Nursery classes up through the 12th grade. From 1st – 8th grade, the children have German and Spanish lessons twice a week each. Students continue to study both languages until the end of 8th grade. In the high school, the students choose one language and study it for all four years. The school regularly sends high school students on exchange programs with schools in Germany.

Contact: 818-349-1394 (press “0” for reception)

Spiel Und Spass Academy (SUSA) Los Angeles/ Eagle Rock

The German preschool offers a program for kids 2-5 years old. Children are immersed in German, but never at the expense of connection and the one-of-a-kind art, movement and ecology-loving curriculum with play-learn structure. “From ecology to cooking we have your child’s well being, happiness and success in mind.”  The school offers a choice between a full-day or half-day program.

Contact: (310) 279-6681

KinderHouse LA ( Los Angeles)

KinderHouse LA is a high quality childcare facility for infants, toddlers and preschoolers. The school offers full-time bilingual (German/English) childcare year around. The program is play-based with a focus on empathy and patience. The school offers a warm and nurturing environment that allows all children to explore at their own pace.

Contact: (310)-699-1472

Kigala Preschool (L.A.)

In these programs, the child will be exposed to the Spanish or German language and also have the opportunity to enrich their English language skills. The teacher speaks both English and the new language to introduce the child to either Spanish or German. The child needs no prior Spanish or German language knowledge in order to participate in these programs.

Contact: (310) -581-5264

Die Rasselbande (San Diego)

Die Rasselbande Preschool, a non –profit German preschool, licensed by the State of California, exposes children ages two to Pre-Kindergarten to the German language and culture.


Northern California

German Saturday Schools


The German School of San Francisco
Phone: (415) 586-9060
E-mail Address:

German Language School of Marin

Founded in 1967, the German Language School of Marin in Novato, California, is a Saturday morning German language school committed to furthering the study and use of the German language. For more information please call or email:
Phone (415)897.9771 or email the school at

The school has 2 campuses:

In Novato:
1370 S. Novato Blvd.
Novato, CA 94947

In Santa Rosa:
1315 Pacific Ave.
Santa Rosa, CA 95405

International & Immersion Schools

Bay Area KinderStube (BAKS)

Bay Area Kinderstube (BAKS) is a full-immersion German-language preschool for children between the ages of 2.5 and 5 years.

 Bay Area Kinderstube
842 Key Route Boulevard
Albany, CA 94706
Contact: (510) 525-3105 

KINDERHAUS – German International Preschool

KinderHaus is San Francisco’s first German International preschool. The licensed preschool has a capacity for 12 children.

198 Waterville Street
San Francisco, CA 94124
Phone: (415) 335-9306


Kindergruppe Waldwichtel – A German Immersion Nature School in Davis, CA

Our program philosophy is based on the German Waldkindergarten model of early education. We are a German immersion program. We enroll children 3-6 years of age. Please contact us for more information.


Alto International School – ALTO (former GAIS)
An IB World School

Founded over 25 years ago, GAIS now ALTO International School caters to German-speaking families seeking a German school, English-speaking families who want their children to learn another language, and international families who want an IB education.        ALTO provides children from preschool through high school with a balance between engaging, inquiry-based curriculum and a nurturing social environment. . The rigorous IB program prepares students for lifelong learning and global citizenship.

Phone: +1-650-324-8617
Fax: +1-650-324-9548

475 Pope Street,
Menlo Park, CA 94025


East Bay German International School -EBGIS

A dual-language immersion school currently offering preschool through eighth-grade programs. Our integrated curriculum combines dual-language German and English instruction with project-based learning.

Phone: 1- 510-679-2199

1070 41st Street,
Emeryville, CA 94608


German International School of Silicon Valley GISSV

GISSV offers bilingual education at 3 locations in the San Francisco Bay Area: a bilingual Preschool (Mountain View, Berkeley) and a bilingual Kindergarten (Mountain View, Berkeley, San Francisco).

A bilingual Elementary School in all 3 locations: Mountain View, Berkeley, San Francisco, and a bilingual Middle School in Mountain View and Berkeley, and High School in Mountain View

Main Campus: 310 Easy Street, Mountain View, CA 94043

Tel: (650) 254 0748, Fax: (650) 254 0749


AltSchool San Francisco – German Bilingual Program

AltSchool Dogwatch School’s German Bilingual Program offers a progressive, child-centered program, which also is rigorous in German language.  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. The school is accepting applications for TK – 2nd grade from students who are strongly proficient in the German language.

AltSchool Dogpatch,                                                                                                        610 20th Street,                                                                                                                San Francisco, CA 94107


Kita on Kains  – Berkeley/Albany

Kita on Kains is a licensed German bilingual daycare located in a small intimate home setting. We offer a nurturing environment in our cozy Albany home with a low teacher-child ratio for children in the age range of 12months – 42 months (1-31/2 years). We provide an age-appropriate and play-based program in a small group setting, in which each child receives the special care and attention they need. Our daily schedule includes indoor and outdoor free play activities, circle time, dance, music, story time, art, and dramatic play with an emphasis on German language.

For more information please you can contact: Phone: 510-213-9509Email:


Kleine Schule Oakland

From Monday to Thursday the school runs a daycare program from 9am – 3pm. The school welcomes to a space where you can have a lot of fun while learning the German language. You may not even realize how much you are learning because you’ll be so busy playing, singing, reading, crafting, experimenting, baking and making friends. There are also Parent-Toddler classes for kids from 18 months up to 5 years. They take place once a week for 1 1/2 hours.

Information at



Bay Area Kinderstube (BAKS) is a full-immersion German-language preschool for children between the ages of 2.5 and 5 years.