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2015

Champaign Unit 4 School District’s German Program is well-established and growing in recent years. The curriculum is carefully crafted, well aligned with national Standards, and grounded in best practices by a National Board Certified teacher. The program enjoys strong support from local middle schools, the district administration, and local colleges and universities. A dual credit program through Parkland College gives students a head start with college credits. The Parent Outreach Night is a widely-anticipated annual event featuring dinner and a student play. A Parent Booster Group supports the German program, helping to raise funds, and local businesses also offer support. Student achievement is remarkable—in the last five years, the Champaign Unit 4 German Department has garnered over $75,000 in scholarships for students going on to major in German in college.

The German Program at North County High School focuses on a proficiency-based approach, preparing students to function in German. Faculty at North County High School developed the well-articulated German curriculum for Anne Arundel County, which incorporates the World Language Readiness Standards. Authentic materials and technology are smoothly integrated into lessons. Students select how they will present what they’ve learned, by writing a song or recording an interview, and track their progress using daily learning goals. The annual German STEM Immersion Day brings together students from elementary schools, middle schools, high schools and colleges, who use German while working collaboratively on STEM projects. The program provides students with diverse cultural experiences, from hosting concerts by German bands and organizing an exchange program in Bremerhaven, to providing a workshop with a German graffiti artist. The strong program and engaged faculty prepare North County High School students to be lifelong ambassadors of German language and culture.

Since its inception in 2007, the German Program at Whitewater High School has grown rapidly, with 170 students now enrolled in German. An immersion classroom with differentiated instruction supports learners with varied needs and abilities. Two exchange programs in Germany provide intercultural connections. The German club and ΔΕΦ Honor Society keep German visible in the school and the community. The School to Work Initiative, an innovative internship program at Whitewater High School, connects students with German and Swiss companies in the area. Whitewater High School has spearheaded other efforts to forge connections between schools at all levels of instruction, the area business community, and the community at large. Student achievement is demonstrated by the school’s designation as a PASCH-Schule in 2014. Both in and beyond the classroom, the German program at Whitewater High School lives up to its motto “Wir streben nach Erfolg.”


2014

Rilke Schule German Charter School of Arts and Sciences is a K-8 public charter school in the Anchorage School District with a focus on the German language. The school, founded in 2007 by a group of German teachers, parents and community members, uses a 50% English, 50% German immersion model. Enrollment has grown to 425 students, and a new building is under construction to accommodate more students. The Rilke Schule has forged strong community ties, with an active parent group, strong business partnerships, and connections to other schools at all levels. A wide variety of extracurricular activities are offered, and German classes are offered for parents in the evening. Rilke Schule has received a 5-star rating on the Alaska State Performance Index, has been recognized as a German Immersion School Abroad and PASCH-Schule by the German government. Students, parents, teachers, and community members all agree—the Rilke Schule lives up to its motto “Freude am Lernen.”


Fall 2013

Bay Area Kinderstube Plus (BAKS+), also known as the Deutsche Sprachschule Berkeley, is a full-immersion German-language program targeted toward bilingual or heritage learner children, 5 to 17 years old, in grades K-12. It was founded in 1999 for students from the Bay Area Kinderstube's preschool program, whose parents wanted their children to maintain and enhance the German language skills they had acquired in preschool. The school has grown to over 100 students enrolled in twelve classes in two locations. Most students attend classes one afternoon per week, and many attend the summer programs. Classes are enriched by arts, crafts, music, and games as well as many extracurricular events and celebrations. BAKS+ has been recognized as a German language school through the German government and is a PASCH-Schule.

Robinson Secondary School offers a strong, vibrant German program for middle and high school students. Three full-time teachers use communicative activities and thematic units to provide engaging instruction to the 350 students enrolled in German classes. The curriculum, a carefully articulated sequence of instruction from middle school through International Baccalaureate classes, is based on Fairfax County’s Program of Studies, which German teachers at Robinson helped to develop. A strong German honor society offers many engaging activities throughout the year, along with a service component of tutoring other students. The GAPP exchange with a school in Dortmund has active family and community support. The German program at Robinson has grown 63% in the last four years.


January 2013

The German program at Cheyenne Mountain Junior High School includes over 100 seventh and eighth grade students, nearly all of whom continue with German in high school. Instructional methods emphasize TPRS, literacy, and the German language in context. Students participate in cultural events including a weekly lunch Stammtisch and a popular Oktoberfest where parents help prepare and serve German food. Students communicate by email with students in two partner schools in Germany, continue their connections through Skype and other social media, and visit their German friends during a trip to Germany.

Gunn High School’s German program is well-established and thriving. The standards-based curriculum, carefully designed from beginning through AP levels, uses materials which are authentic, age-appropriate, and geared towards student interests. Students are involved in creative assignments at each level, which become part of their portfolios. Third-year students interview immigrants from a German-speaking country, forging strong community ties. Parents are involved on many levels — as guest speakers, event organizers, and weekly volunteers in class. Outside the classroom, students participate in the German club, see German films, and take part in the Internationale Deutscholympiade and a GAPP exchange

Hempfield School District, a suburban and rural school district located in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, supports a long-established German program. The teachers collaborate on curriculum development using Understanding by Design, and incorporate differentiated instruction, technology, and student learning profiles. This carefully articulated sequence of instruction meets the needs of students from an exploratory program in the middle school through AP German. Curriculum-based assessments encourage students to demonstrate what they know and can do. Students enjoy many opportunities to explore German culture both within the community and through exchange programs.

Lee’s Summit, a suburb of Kansas City, Missouri, has grown, and the German program has grown along with it, beginning with a single class in 1979. German is now offered in three high schools and three middle schools, which are regarded by teachers and the district as one program taught in six locations. The German program has a unified curriculum with common assessments. Teachers share resources, collaborate weekly and jointly organize an exchange with a German school. Level four and five classes offer dual credit through the University of Missouri–Kansas City. Level five students have the option to take the International Baccalaureate exam. As part of a district-wide K-12 curriculum plan, the German teachers revise each course’s essential standards, learning targets, curricular scope and sequence, formative and summative assessments.

German teachers in Upper Arlington have thoughtfully tailored a program to ensure success for all students. German is offered beginning in grade 6 in two middle schools and continues at the high school. Students leave middle school with one high school credit, and may continue their study of German for an additional four years, culminating in both AP and IB courses at level 5. Students also have the opportunity to earn college credit while in the high school. The district has implemented a proficiency-based program, in which students demonstrate their competencies before progressing to the next level of instruction. Exchange opportunities, available at the middle schools and high school, further connect students with the German language and culture.


2012

Carmel High School is a public school district located in Carmel, Indiana, a suburb of Indianapolis. The three middle schools average about 1,200 students per school and the high school is the largest in Indiana with about 4,500 students. The schools’ diverse population includes 3.3% African‐American, 10.6% Asian‐American, 79.2% Caucasian, 4.7% Multiracial, and 2.2% Hispanic/Latino. About 95% of the student population continues their education at a post‐secondary institution. 11% of all students at CHS are enrolled in a German class. Students begin German in grade 6 at age 11, finish at the high school at age 18. There are three middle schools which feed into one high school. German is taught at all four schools.

Timpview High School is a public school, grades 9-12 with 1900 students. German 1 through 5 are offered as well as a GAPP exchange. The German teacher at Timpview High School has been teaching there since 1997. In that year, there were three sections of German with a total of 60 students (German 1, German 2, and a German 3/4AP combo class). The German class enrollment has increased every year (up to 215 in 2011). German classes have now grown to the point where they can’t grow any further. All classes have between 34 and 37 students in them with classroom capacity at 36 students.

The Arlington Public Schools German program is a public school program that ranges from grades 6 to 12 and from ages 11 (6th graders) to 21 (students in the HILT program who are recent migrants to the U.S. and thus older than average high school students). While the middle school classes and some of the lower level high school classes are taught in a traditional classroom setting, the upper levels (3, 4, 4AP, 5, 5AP, 6) are taught in ‘electronic classrooms’, which allow small classes from four different schools to receive live instruction simultaneously. This way, German can be offered even at schools with low enrollment. This system has been in place for 16 years. Two German teachers deliver live, interactive classes using distance learning technology. Students and teachers have the sense that they are all in one large room, when, in fact, they are up to five miles apart.


2011

This vibrant, growing, and tuition-free K-8 charter immersion school is located in the heart of St. Paul, which served approximately 270 students in grades K-7 in the 2011-2012 school year. The strength, tradition and future of TCGIS includes small class sizes, averaging 20 students per class, double-staffed with native German-speaking interns. The school offers both half and full day immersion Kindergarten programs, and a curriculum that includes English instruction after third grade, and progressive art, music, physical education and science programs. Spanish is offered starting in fifth grade, making TCGIS one of the few immersion schools in the United States to offer a third language. Academic rigor is assured by a variety of standardized assessments to objectively measure success in language proficiency and academic skills. The school has an extensive German-language library collection and has built a strong sense of community for parents as well as children -- an amazing 87% of parents volunteer in some capacity at the school.


2009

Diese Schule ist eine internationale kalifornische Grund- und Mittelschule mit deutsch/englischem Immersions- und Fremdsprachenprogramm. Die Schule wurde 2002 von deutschen Eltern gegründet und begann mit 24 Schülern. Im Jahr 2010 hat die Schule über 750 Schüler in den Klassenstufen Kindergarten bis 8. Klasse, von denen mehr als 650 Schüler Deutsch lernen. In der Grundschule (Klassenstufen K-5) findet 50% des Unterrichts auf Deutsch und 50% auf Englisch statt. Der Unterricht in der jeweiligen Sprache wechselt wöchentlich und alle Fächer, einschließlich Mathe, und Heimat-und Sachkunde, werden in beiden Sprachen unterrichtet. Am Ende der Grundschulausbildung nehmen die Schüler am Deutschen Sprachdiplom A2 teil. In der Mittelschule (Klassenstufen 6-8) haben die Kinder deutschen Fremdsprachen-unterricht auf ihrem Sprachniveau. Alle fortgeschrittenen Deutschsprecher können zusätzlich auch eine bis zwei deutsche Wahlklasse(n) belegen z.B. zum Thema Kultur. Am Ende der Mittelschulausbildung nehmen alle fortgeschrittenen Deutschlerner am Sprachdiplom B1 teil.

The German Saturday Language Courses of Portland has been operated by the local German American Society since 1964. Classes meet Saturday mornings. The staff is committed to the mission of providing a rigorous German Language immersion program for students of all ages who are either learning German as a foreign language or have native abilities - while providing an enriching, enjoyable learning environment to keep students coming back year after year! Students have the opportunity to take the DSD 1 or DSD 2 exams, as well as the AATG National German Exam.

Waldsee hosts immersion adventures in German language and culture for youth ages 6-18, as well as families and adults. Children can experience German food, pottery, soccer, giant chess, stained glass making, painting, fencing, swimming, biking, canoeing and archery - everything auf Deutsch. Students live in Black Forest-style cabins in the Minnesota Northwoods and learn about new age living in the ultracomfortable, super energy-efficient Waldsee BioHaus, the first certified Passivhaus in North America. At Waldsee, students learn German by living it – naturally and with confidence. There are 1, 2, or 4 week programs available. Waldsee is one of 15 different Language Villages sponsored by Concordia Language Villages.


2007

The German Language School White Plains at German School New York, founded in 1987, focuses on empowering students to meet the challenges of the future by mastering German, and fostering greater cultural awareness among its future global citizens. It provides excellent, age-appropriate instruction in the German language, literature, and culture in an immersion environment where students use the target language with native speakers. Multiple strategies are used to ensure active and ongoing learning across the curriculum.


2002

The Deutsche Schule Charlotte provides a German-speaking environment, in a multicultural atmosphere, where language skills and cultural understanding are developed and deepened. It was founded in 1974 to help German-speaking children maintain their language skills and expand their cultural knowledge and understanding of customs and traditions. In addition to regular Saturday classes, students enjoy many cultural activities: a fall lantern parade, a Christmas program, Karneval celebrations, a circus, an end of the year picnic, and a summer program.

The German Language Courses (GLC) at the German School Washington, D.C. provides all levels of German language study in a diverse, challenging and nurturing environment. The GLC also promotes self-motivation and self-discipline while fostering a lifelong learning of the German language and its culture. The school has been offering courses in German for children and adults since 1976. Located in beautiful Potomac, Maryland, about 500 students learn German or hone their German skills on a weekly basis. The German Language Courses (GLC) at the German School Washington, D.C. was named a PASCH school by the German Secretary of State, and is a testing center for the examination for German Language Diploma of the Ministry of Education (KMK).

The German Language School for Children was founded in 1965 and provides German language classes ranging from Kindergarten to 12th grade. Classes are conducted by certified teachers with excellent German language backgrounds and native speaking fluency. The school’s program includes German reading and writing. Special emphasis is placed on conversation and oral proficiency. Lessons are designed based on the student’s level of proficiency. In addition to language instruction, students are introduced to the culture and customs of the German speaking countries, including Austria, Germany, Liechtenstein, and Switzerland. The upper grades study the literary traditions of these countries. Students, parents and teachers celebrate together at the annual Nikolausfeier, Fasching, and the end of the year picnic.


2000

Milwaukee German Immersion School is an all-day 4-year old kindergarten through grade 5 elementary school founded by Milwaukee Public Schools in 1977. It serves as a city-wide school to attract children from all parts of Milwaukee with our innovative total language immersion program. The school provides children with the academic, social, and economic benefits of becoming bilingual in German and English. Children receive reading, language arts, mathematics, social studies and science instruction in German from the first day of kindergarten through fifth grade. In second grade, students are introduced to 30 minutes per day of English reading instruction.

1998

Throughout Orange Hunt Elementary School's history, high academic goals for students have been the standard. In 1994, a German partial-immersion program was established at Orange Hunt. Countywide, parents may opt to enroll their children in this program as first graders. Approximately 300 children participate in this program in grades one through six. The German partial-immersion program gives students the opportunity to gain a command of the German language while being taught math, science, and health during the regular school day. Social studies, language arts, music, physical education, and art are taught in English.

1995

Fairview-Clifton German Language School is one of only a few Cincinnati Public Schools to receive the state’s highest rating. Schools that receive an excellent rating must meet or exceed performance, attendance, yearly progress and, where applicable, graduation standards. Students consistently rank among the highest on the Ohio proficiency tests in Cincinnati Public Schools and score well above the national norm. Students completing 6th grade at Fairview go on to excel in area public, private and parochial schools. A well organized and active parent group offers many opportunities for input and involvement. The purpose of the German language program at Fairview is to enrich each child's educational experience through intensive daily exposure (60 minutes of instruction) to the German language and culture. German instruction at Fairview is provided within the framework of an intensive Foreign Language in the Elementary School (FLES) program with emphasis on content enrichment. A variety of approaches, media, and materials is employed to ensure that children have the maximum positive contact with the target language.

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