We offer morning classes on Saturday to students from pre-K to the 10th grade. The school also offers a DSD II language exam preparation class for students who wish to continue their German studies past 10th Grade. Our goal is to teach our students to understand, speak, read and write in German, as well as to familiarize them with the German-speaking cultures. Classes are held on 30 Saturdays from September through May.
Our curriculum is designed to enable students to communicate actively in German by giving them a strong foundation in understanding German, building their vocabulary, speaking, reading and writing. German is the primary language of instruction.
The principal developed a basic curriculum plan in collaboration with a group of faculty members, providing students with continuity as they move from level to level and teachers with a strong foundation for lesson planning, classroom instruction, and follow-up.
Our curriculum includes guidelines to help the teachers structure their lessons each Saturday, balancing a review of familiar material with an introduction and reinforcement of new material, along with reading, writing and cultural projects. The faculty meets monthly to set short and long-term goals, share information, as well as collaborate on classroom and general curriculum issues.
Textbook selection involves extensive research by our principal to ensure that teachers and students have access to the most current and appropriate textbooks, along with other materials to supplement the curriculum. Music classes enhance our curriculum and add variety to the children’s language experience. Two professional music teachers, Birgit Danckert and Susanne Powers, meet regularly with the students, coaching them in German music and preparing them for our two annual school events/concerts, one for the December holidays and the other at the end of the school year.
We deliberately have small classroom sizes of 15 or fewer, to help foster active language use and instructions. Classroom placement is determined by the student’s ability, in order to ensure instructions are at an appropriate level.
Our students are well prepared to take the following standardized tests administered at our school: AATG National German Exam Levels 2-4, and as an accredited Deutsche Sprachdiplom school we also offer Internationale Vergleichsarbeit (IVA) Level A2, Deutsches Sprachdiplom DSD I and DSD II. We pride ourselves in preparing the students well for these exams. To be accepted into the DSD I and DSD II preparatory classes, students are required to receive a recommendation by the teacher. Find here more information on our 2014-2015 DSD I and 2015-2016 DSD II preparation and exam dates.
The students’ studies at the Saturday school also prepare them for the AP Exam and SAT Subject Test German. AP Exams as well as SAT Subject Test German are not administered at the Saturday School, but have to be taken through local High Schools.