Starting in 6th grade, our students take the following tests AATG Levels 2, 3, and 4. In subsequent grades, students take the IVA, DSD I and DSD II. Students also prepare to take the SATs and AP Exams in their respective high schools.
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. Students up to Grade 5 perform German songs 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 instruction. Classroom placement is determined by the student’s ability, in order to ensure instructions are at an appropriate level.
Exams & Certificates
Our students are well prepared to take the following standardized tests administered at our school: AATG National German Exam Levels 2-4. As an accredited PASCH school we also offer Internationale Vergleichsarbeit (IVA) Level A2, Deutsches Sprachdiplom DSD I and DSD II. Students prepare to take these exams starting in the 7th grade. We pride ourselves in having the highest success rates for all of these exams among German Saturday Schools in the USA. To be accepted into the DSD I and DSD II preparatory classes, students are required to receive a recommendation by the teacher.
The students’ studies at the Saturday school also prepare them for the AP German 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 the students’ respective local high schools.