Welcome to the German Pacific School San Diego !

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We hope that you are enjoying the summer!
We are working on offering in-person as well as online classes for the school year 2021/22.
Please check back soon for updates!

We offer German classes to native and non-native speakers, from 3 years old through adults, with a core program for grades K-12. Our school year consists of 30 weeks and follows roughly the holiday schedule of the public schools. 

Different language level classes are offered on Saturday mornings, weekday afternoons and weeknights, as well as field trips and camps with a diverse learning focus. 

Due to the corona virus crisis, all classes are currently offered online. We hope to be able to offer in-person instruction again for the school year 2021/22 as the situation allows. In person instruction is otherwise offered in La Jolla, Clairemont, Carmel Valley and Poway. Depending on availability, joining during the school year is possible as well.


about us.

The German Pacific School San Diego (GPSSD) is a non-profit organization that was founded in August of 2013. GPSSD is a language and cultural immersion school open to all students who desire to improve or master their German language skills and enhance their cultural understanding.

GPSSD offers German language classes for native and non-native speakers from age three to adult. Our core program aligns with the requirements set forth by the German Central Agency for Schools Abroad (ZfA) that is part of Germany’s Federal Office of Administration (BVA).

GPSSD is accredited by the German government to administer all levels of German language exams, including the German Language Diploma (DSD I and II ) which serve as proof of necessary language skills required in order to enroll in college-level courses in Germany (DSD I) and evidence of language proficiency required to attend a German university (DSD II). We also offer classes to prepare for the SAT Subject Test German and the Advanced Placement (AP) German Language Test. 

Our school is governed by a dedicated board of directors consisting of educators, parents of students, and community members. GPSSD benefits from the unselfish leadership of our volunteer board members. In 2018, GPSSD stakeholders consisting of board members, principal, teachers, and students achieved accreditation by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).


Our Mission.

The German Pacific School San Diego (GPSSD) is a language and cultural immersion school open to all students K-12 who desire to master the German language, or to enhance their German language skills.


Our Vision.

GPSSD strives to foster global awareness of the traditions and cultural heritage of German speaking countries. The goal is to prepare students to become informed and critically thinking global citizens of the 21st century who are able to communicate inter-culturally.

GPSSD is dedicated to broaden and improve its currently existing language program to the next level of excellency by offering more access throughout San Diego County, resulting in a yearly increase of students mastering higher levels of German education. GPSSD is determined to become the premier educational organization in San Diego County for German language and cultural heritage.



Our team.

Our dedicated team of board members and teaching staff.
Peter Teriete, D. Phil.


Christine Johnson


Uli Heine

Board Member

Dr. Angela Miller

Board Member

Paul Williamson


Birgit Wester


Andrea Palczewski


Kathrin Grosse


Vicky Ripart


Raschel Boujram


Magdalena 'Magi' Gawlik


Erin Pfeil


Colette Vogler


Eleana Whyte


Eriona Cullhaj


Celi Mangione


Caia Jaisle

Community Relations Coordinator



Interested in joining our team?
We are always looking to increase our pool of qualified candidates that could teach or substitute teach. 


  • Native or near native oral and written skills in German
  • Availability on weekdays late afternoons/evenings and/or Saturday mornings
  • Excellent communication skills with students, parents, staff members
  • Teaching experience preferred

Please send your resume to info@gpssd.org.  We are looking forward to hearing from you!



Our teachers are native or near native german speakers with love for the language and passion to share it with others.


From Pre-K through Grade 12 and for adults, we offer early language acquisition and build a strong foundation for growth.

German Speaking

GPSSD is a supportive community of parents, students and teachers. In addition to our regular classes, we offer a variety of cultural events throughout the year.


Our Locations.

Please note that our classes have moved online for the school year 2020/21.

Not all class levels are offered at every location.
See current class schedule for classes that are offered at a respective location.

La Jolla

Classes are held at the

San Diego French American School
6550 Soledad Mountain Rd
La Jolla, CA 92037



Classes are held at the

Clairemont Lutheran Church
4271 Clairemont Mesa Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92117


Carmel Valley

Classes are held at the

Harvest Evangelical Church
13885 El Camino Real
San Diego, CA 92130



Classes are held at the

Incarnation Lutheran Church
16889 Espola Road
Poway, CA 92064


2020-21 Class Information and Registration for Child and Adult Classes

Welcome to the 2020-21 school year at GPSSD!


Please read through the following information. All classes during the first and second semester of the school year 2020-21 will be ONLINE.

  • Students will be taught remotely via Zoom video conferencing. Synchronous instruction will be complemented by other learning activities via Google classroom, Seesaw (K-2) and other digital tools as appropriate and effective for learning and engagement.
  • Parental support will be needed for Kindergarten and Lower Elementary students.
  • Class size will be limited to allow for student-teacher and student-student interaction.
  • Class duration will be tiered based on grade level and age of students.
  • Students will interact, collaborate, and work during class time. If appropriate, students will be using break out rooms.
  • As most students will participate in distance learning at their regular school, we will maximize German instruction during the assigned class time.
  • Weekly academic support will be offered for students to get help if needed.
  • Feedback on homework and other assignments will be provided weekly.
  • Testing will resume unless not offered by the respective organizations.
  • Returning students will receive priority consideration for enrollment.
  • Books will be needed for most classes. Books will be drop shipped.

2020-21 Class Schedule and Tuition: Semester 2

First Day of School: 9/12/2020

Semester 1: 9/12/20 – 1/23/2021
Semester 2: 1/30/21 – 6/12/21

The  schedule below reflects class offerings during Semester 2.


1. Tuition and Registration (Please read!)

  • Tuition is per semester.
  • A non-refundable registration fee of $30/student is due upon registration.
  • Tuition includes fees for text/-workbooks for classes as indicated above. Books will be shipped directly to your home address.
  • New students joining a current class that is still working with books from the previous semester, will be invoiced a separate book fee of $35. Books will be shipped directly to your home address.
  • Exam fees of $30 for the DSD I and DSD II in-person exams will be due at the time of exam registration.
  • If registering multiple children, a registration form has to be completed for each child individually.


2. Selecting your child’s class

  1. Use your child’s grade level in the current school year to guide you.
  2. If your child is a returning student, you may check the recommended progression in their latest report card.
  3. General guidelines for the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference) levels:
    A1 – Beginner (student completes A1.1 and A1.2 before taking A1 exam)
    A2 – Elementary (student completes A2.1 and A2.2 before taking A2 exam)
    B1 – Intermediate (students working towards DSD I exam)
    B2/C1 – Advanced/Mastery (students working towards DSD II exam)
    AP is an American High School Exam. Students can enroll in the AP prep course after completing the DSD I exam)
  4. Enrollment in any exam prep class is based on teacher recommendation.
  5. If you are new to the school, you will be asked to complete a language skill assessment form.
  6. Students will be grouped by considering language abilities, age/maturity, grade level, and teacher input. Adjustments will be made as required.
  7. Please contact the school if you need any assistance! 

Priority consideration will be given to registered students of returning families.

Withdrawal and Refund Policy 2020-21

  • In case of withdrawal, notification must be made in writing to the Administration at info@gpssd.org. 
  • No refund of tuition after the 2nd week of classes.
  • The $30 registration fee is non-refundable.

If you are interested in joining after the start of the current semester, please contact us by email at info@gpssd.org before registration, so we can confirm that we have a spot in the right class available. Thank you!


Language Proficiency Standards and Exams: CEFR-ACTFL

The two major frameworks for learning, teaching, and assessing foreign language skills are: the U.S. defined scales of proficiency, i.e., the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines/ILR Skill Level Descriptions, and the Common European Framework of Reference for Language (CEFR). Please see below for details of each framework and how those two systems have been aligned.

1. CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Language).
The self-assessment grid below illustrates the levels of proficiency described in the CEFR. For more information, please follow the source link.
Source: Council of Europe

2. Correspondences ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) Levels and CEFR 
For more information and to read the complete text of the Assigning CEFR Ratings to ACTFL Assessments follow the source link.
Source: https://www.actfl.org/resources/assigning-cefr-ratings-actfl-assessments


Calendar School Year 2020/21

First Day of School: 9/12/2020
Semester 1: 9/12/20 – 1/23/2021
Semester 2: 1/30/2021 – 6/12/2021

Any short notice changes to class session dates due to illness or any other unforeseeable circumstances will be communicated by the class teachers respectively.

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German Pacific School
San Diego

4271 Clairemont Mesa Blvd.,
San Diego, CA 92117