About Us

Our Mission

Founded in 1874, the German Saturday School Boston is dedicated to teaching the German language to children ages 4 through 17. The school strives to immerse students from diverse ethnic and linguistic backgrounds in the cultures of German speaking countries, thereby fostering their appreciation of global citizenship.

Our Community

We take pride in a strong community of families, teachers and students who stay with our program for a number of years. It is not uncommon for children to attend our school from preschool through high school. Along the way, students build long-lasting friendships and develop an appreciation for the German language and culture.

Our strong sense of community is further supported by our dedicated parent volunteers. Each Saturday, our parents volunteer to organize events, staff the library, help with school management and serve on the school committee.

Our History

Founded in 1874 by the Boylston-Schulverein, the German Saturday School Boston is the oldest language school for children in Massachusetts. We pride ourselves on our experienced, dedicated faculty and our all-volunteer School Committee, as well as our core of motivated parents, who volunteer their time to make the school a special place.

After more than 40 years at Boston University, the German Saturday School moved to the Diamond Middle School (DMS) in Lexington, MA in September 2012.  The DMS now provides a place to teach all children in all grades under one roof.

Our Associations

Our school is an active member in the Association of American Teachers of German (AATG), the German Language School Conference (GLSC) and the Massachusetts Foreign Language Association (MaFLA). We enjoy the support of the Zentralstelle für Auslandsschulwesen (ZfA), the German Consulate, the German International School Boston, the Goethe Institute in Boston, as well as Boston University. Since 2009 our school is part of the international PASCH network of German Schools Abroad.

Our Facts

  • Name: German Saturday School Boston / Deutsche Sonnabendschule Boston
  • Founded: in 1874
  • Number of students: 420 (in 2016-2017)
  • Classes: preschool through 12th grade
  • School Hours: 30 Saturdays, September – May from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30pm
  • Location: William Diamond Middle School, 99 Hancock Street, Lexington, MA.

Our Approach

We teach more than 400 children each Saturday from September through May. While the school’s core educational experience is carried by our dedicated and experienced teachers led by our principal, we couldn’t run the school without the help of our parents. A few years ago, we implemented a sophisticated parent helper system that allows us to keep the tuition affordable as parents pitch in to support the school in administrative, logistical, safety, entertainment and many other tasks.

Our Policies

The German Saturday School Boston does not discriminate by race, color, religion, sex, age, country or ethnic origin. To view our school’s rules and regulations, please refer to our 2017-2018 Student and Parent Handbook

. See also our Unlawful Harrassment Policy page.

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