German School of San Francisco

German School of San Francisco

Since 1935, the German School of San Francisco, a non-profit organization, has been successfully teaching students of all ages the German language and sharing with them the customs, history and culture of the German-speaking countries.

[12/15/16]   ADVENTSFEIER!

Please join us Saturday, December 17, 2016 at 10:30 am
at Mercy High School Theater

All students will participate in this traditional Holiday performance by reciting poems, performing skits and singing holiday songs.

We will have our traditional potluck after the performances. Please bring a hearty dish to share. Stollen and coffee will be served.
Nikolaus will visit us and bring goodies for the children.

Admission: Adults $ 5.00. Children are free.

We're excited to announce our 15th annual weekend in the snow! This one will take place from Friday January 6 until Sunday January 8, 2017. As always we'll go sledding, build snow (wo)men and go for snow hikes. Here are some pictures from previous year:

The snow weekend is not part of our curriculum, just a fun way to get together with other German School families and enjoy some winter activities. Since snow and winter games are an integral part of the German, Austrian and Swiss culture we would like to offer this trip to you as a cultural enrichment to our regular school activities.

Again we were able to secure Heidelmann Lodge ( on Donner Pass for our Snow Weekend. The lodge is owned by the Naturfreunde (Friends of Nature) of California who have graciously agreed to accommodate us in their lodge for the 14th time this year. This lodge is normally for members only and is closed to the public. So we consider ourselves very lucky to be able to use this facility. Many nice features reminiscent of traditional houses in Southern German, Austria and Switzerland can be found at Heidelmann Lodge. You'll almost feel like you're in the Alps!

The lodge provides accommodations youth hostel style (Jugendherberge) in two separate dorms for men and women. We'll cook our own food on the huge WW2 era oil-burning stoves in the kitchen. Please be prepared to help with the meal planning, shopping, cooking, and cleaning up!

Prices are the same as last year and include 2 nights stay, breakfast/lunch Saturday and Sunday, as well as dinner on Saturday. You will need to bring your own bedding (e.g. sleeping bag) and towels.
Adults: $120.00
Children 14-17 years old: $80.00
Children 3-13 years old: $60.00
Children under 3: FREE

Please sign up by paying the full amount to Volker (check or cash) or via paypal ( no later than Saturday December 17, 2016 (Adventsfeier, last day of school before the Holidays). All children will have to be accompanied by at least one of their own parents.

All reservations cancelled by December 31, 2016 will receive a full refund (100%). Cancellations received after December 31, 2016 will receive a refund between 50% and 100%, depending on how many people we can backfill from the waiting list. Refunds will be calculated and issued by January 31, 2017.

Hope to see you on the slopes!

[08/18/16]   Fall Semester starts soon! If you haven't registered yet, contact our office manager asap. Many classes are filling fast!

[07/20/16]   Let's try some Summer fun with language! What are your favorite Zungenbrecher (Tongue Twisters) ?? To get us started, "Blaukraut bleibt blaukraut und Brautkleid bleibt Brautkleid."

Registration Form 2016-2017.doc

We hope that you and/or your children will return after the summer break. School is scheduled to start on September 10th. Attached please find our updated registration form for 2016-17.

We have a added a Code of Conduct page for all students/parents to acknowledge.

Please complete and print out the first two pages of the attached document (ideally double sided to save some trees) with a $50.00 check for the registration fee and mail before the end of this month.

If you do so, you will be guaranteed a spot for next year and you will qualify for a 10% discount if you pay full year's tuition on the first day of school.

[05/11/16]   Please join us for our GRADUATION CEREMONY

Saturday, May 14th
from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30
at Mercy High School's Theater

Suggested donation for rent and supplies: $5/adults

There will be a potluck afterwards in Rist Hall, bring a hearty dish to pass.

[04/22/16]   Annual Meeting this Saturday in the office from 9:30-noon. All parents are welcome. We will hear from our Principal, Academic Consultant and Treasurer and will elect new members to the Board. Hope to see you there!

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Please join us on April 16th at Frontierland Park in Pacifica for our annual Picnic. This is not a school day. You're invited to German School of San Francisco Picnic & Potluck - Click here to RSVP

German School San Francisco - 80th Anniverary


Die Deutsche Schule in San Francisco feiert ihr 80jaehriges Bestehen im Konsulat in San Francisco.
Essen und Trinken inclusive.
Tickets here:

Details siehe unten.
Hoffe, der eine oder andere hat interesse, die Deutsche Schule zu unterstuetzen und zu kommen.


German School of San Francisco - 80th Anniversary

Please join us in celebrating the 80th Anniversary of the



Vocaldente - Award Winning A Cappella Quintet from Hannover
Monika Gruber and Eva-Maria Zimmermann - Violin + Piano

6pm: Entry
6:15pm - 6:45pm: Concert of Monika Gruber and Eva Maria Zimmermann
6:45pm - 7:05pm -Welcome and speeches of Alumnis
7:10pm - 8:00pm: Vocaldente Concert
8pm - 9pm: Networking

Appetizers and wine will be served at no additional cost.
Please bring your receipt with you to the event. German School of San Francisco - 80th Anniversary Please join us in celebrating the 80th Anniversary of the GERMAN SCHOOL OF SAN FRANCISCO Featuring: Vocaldente - Award Winning A Cappella Quintet from Hannover Monika Gruber and Eva-Maria Zimmermann - Violin + Piano Details: 6pm: Entry 6:15pm - 6…


[02/03/16]   Dear parents and students,

As part of our curriculum we will celebrate Fasching on Saturday, February 6 from 10:30 am to 1 pm at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church located at 3281 16th Street / Dolores.

All students are invited to dress up in their costumes and join us for this children’s celebration of dance, music, games and art-projects conducted in German.

Parents, please drop your child/ren off at the above location. Mercy will be closed on this day.

The German School is providing a small lunch and treats for all children.

What is Fasching ?

Fasching, Fastnacht, Fasnet, Karneval–the names differ in the various regions of Germany, but they all mean the same thing: the “foolish” late-winter days, dedicated to merry-making and fun.
Carnival is celebrated in many parts of the world. It combines the human desire to disguise with a number of old fertility rites and customs. The wild celebrations of the change of the seasons at the winter solstice were celebrated over many centuries and eventually relegated to the time between January 6th and Ash Wednesday. Thus the climax of Carnival is the last three days before Ash Wednesday.

[01/22/16]   We offer classes for all ages from parent/child to adult! Our second semester starts tomorrow 1/23/2016. Please see our website for registration details. We will start registration at 9 am.

Pizza Abend! Danke Peter!

Schneewochende at Heidelmann Lodge.

[12/16/15]   We are looking forward to our traditional Holiday celebration on December 19. The Adventsfeier is a wonderful opportunity for our families to share some special time and for our students to perform for our community.
Here are the times for this year's event:

9:30 am - 10:30 am:
Rehearsal in the classroom.
Please bring your child to school as usual.
10:30 am - noon:
Our students will perform in the Mercy High School theater.
Please bring $5/adult donation to help pay for Theater and Hall rental.
Noon -1:00 pm:
Traditional potluck in Rist Hall.
Please bring a hearty dish to share. Coffee, Christmas Stollen and Gingerbread will be served as well.
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm:
Sing along and visit from Saint Nick.

You are more than welcome to stay during school time and help with the set up for the event.

Over the next two weeks our teachers will contact you over the phone to give you some input on your child's progress. Please share your thoughts about our school with your child's teacher. Your feedback is highly appreciated, as we continually strive to create the best academic learning environment for our students. Do not miss this opportunity. Report cards will only be given out at the end of the second semester.

Have a joyful and relaxing holiday season.

[12/09/15]   Happy Holidays! Our Adventsfeier (Holiday Party) this year is December 19th. Performances will start in the Theater at Mercy at 10:30, followed by a potluck, singing and a special visitor in Rist Hall. There is a fee of $5/person to pay for the rentals. We ask that everyone bring some food to share and drop off their student promptly by 9:30 am.

[11/21/15]   Only two more hours of Holiday Boutique at Mercy High School. Come on down and have a sausage and waffle and shop for special presents!

[09/13/15]   German School as begun! Thanks to all our Board Member volunteers and patient parents as we worked through registration. We have record levels of students! Look for notes from your teachers about homework and upcoming events. Don't forget, next week from 9:30-10:00 am we will be meeting for singing and all parents are invited to come. Following the singing, we will have our first Board meeting.

Seána Canavan Memorial Fund

It is with a very sad heart that I have to let you know that one of our former students passed away 2 days before her 18th birthday. Our thought are with Seana's family. If you would like to show you support, please follow the link below.

Seána Carolyn Canavan died Saturday evening April 18, 2015, two days before her 18th birthday, when she was struck by a taxi on Pine St. in San Francisco. About the Fund This fund will help Seana's family cover funeral expenses and help them with the painful transition they have to face during...


Krebbel / Berliner frische für heute aus der Hand des president 😊

September 6,2014 first day at this school year

This is in Sacramento but might be worth the drive.

[08/12/14]   Our first day of school is Saturday September 6. Registration starts at 9am on our campus at 3250 19th Ave, 2nd floor which is located across from Stonestown in San Francisco. For more information please visit our website at

Kaffee mit Manja

This Saturday you will again have the unique opportunity to spend some quality time with our Principal Manja in a small comfortable setting (can you say 'Gemütlichkeit'?). You can chat with her about our school, your kid's class, testing, your ideas about making our school even better, etc. and enjoy Coffee, tea, juices, and our famous continental breakfast treats.

Claudia, Elisabeth, and our board members will also be at hand to talk with you, either in the group setting or in private conversations.

Last but not least you will have the opportunity to vote for new board member and confirm existing ones. Maybe you have thought about joining our board as well and contribute directly to our wonderful little school?

Kaffee mit Manja starts this Saturday April 12 at 9:30 a.m. in our 'office.'

[02/01/14]   We will celebrate Fasching next Saturday, Feb 8. 10:30 - 13:00 h.

[01/14/14]   German School of San Francisco starts on Saturday
Jan 18th

at the @[106405642777635:274:Heidelmann Lodge], we invited families from all Bay area German Schools to come up to the mountains for our snow weekend

at the Heidelmann Lodge, we invited families from all Bay area German Schools to come up to the mountains for our snow weekend

at the @[106405642777635:274:Heidelmann Lodge], we invited families from all Bay area German Schools to come up to the mountains for our snow weekend

at the Heidelmann Lodge, we invited families from all Bay area German Schools to come up to the mountains for our snow weekend

at the @[106405642777635:274:Heidelmann Lodge], we invited families from all Bay area German Schools to come up to the mountains for our snow weekend

at the Heidelmann Lodge, we invited families from all Bay area German Schools to come up to the mountains for our snow weekend

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German School of San Francisco event at the end of the first semester. We appreciate the performances of all classes.

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