The German Saturday School Boston (GSSB) is dedicated to teaching the German language to children from ages 4 through 17. The school strives to immerse students from diverse ethnic and linguistic backgrounds into the cultures of German speaking countries, thereby fostering their appreciation of global citizenship.
Founded in 1874 by the Boylston Schul-Verein, GSSB 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 for everyone.
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. DMS now provides a place to teach children in all grades under one roof.
Community at GSSB
We take pride in our strong community of families, teachers and students. Many of our students join GSSB at an early age and complete the entire program 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 parent volunteers organize events, staff the library, support school activities, and serve on the School Committee.
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). GSSB enjoys the support of the Zentralstelle für das Auslandsschulwesen (ZfA) and the German Consulate Boston, and partners with the German International School Boston, the Goethe Institute in Boston, as well as with Boston University. Since 2009, our school is part of the international PASCH Network of German Schools Abroad. We are also a member of the Weltverband Deutscher Auslandsschulen.
In 2019, GSSB’s German program has been designated a German Center of Excellence by the American Association of Teachers of German. The jurors found the German Saturday School Boston programming excellent in all categories.
- Number of Students Enrolled in the School Year 2022/2023: 462
- Number of Classes: 41
- Number of Faculty: 44
- Number of German language exams taken in 2022:
- AATG National German Exam, Levels 2, 3, 4 (grades 6+): 150
- IVA Level A2 (grade 8): 29
- DSD I – Level B1 (grade 9 or 10): 39
- DSD II – Level B2 or C1 (grades 10-12): 11
- Hours: 30 Saturdays a year, from 9:30am-12:30pm
- Boylston Schul-Verein
- German International School Boston
- Goethe-Institut Boston
- German Consulate Boston
- Zentralstelle für das Auslandsschulwesen (ZfA)
- Schulen – Partner der Zukunft
- German Language School Conference