Welcome to the German Pacific School San Diego !

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 34 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. 

Classes are offered in La Jolla, Clairemont, Carmel Valley and Poway. Depending on availability, joining during the school year is possible as well.

Due to the corona virus outbreak and spread, all in person classes have been suspended effective Friday, March 13, 2020 until further notice.

All of our classes are now offered through a blended from of distance and online learning. Our great staff continues to teach through weekly group video and 1:1 video classes in combination with online and home assignments. 

Please send us an email at germanpacificschool@gmail.com if you are interested in learning more about our current program.

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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).

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Our Mission.

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.

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Our team.

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

President

Christine Johnson

Principal

Uli Heine

Board Member

Dr. Angela Miller

Board Member

Paul Williamson

Treasurer

Birgit Wester

Administration

Andrea Palczewski

Teacher

Kathrin Grosse

Teacher

Vicky Ripart

Teacher

Raschel Boujram

Teacher

Eva Vallon

Teacher

Colette Vogler

Teacher

Serena Graedel

Teacher

Magdalena 'Magi' Gawlik

Teacher

Erin Pfeil

Teacher

JOB OPPORTUNITIES.

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

Qualifications:

  • 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 germanpacificschool@gmail.com.  We are looking forward to hearing from you!

Dedicated
Teachers

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

Student
Growth

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

German Speaking
Community

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.

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Our Locations.

Please note that not all class levels are offered at every location.
See current class schedule for classes that are offered at a respective location.
1

La Jolla

Classes are held at the

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

2

Clairemont

Classes are held at the

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

3

Carmel Valley

Classes are held at the

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

4

Poway

Classes are held at the

Incarnation Lutheran Church
16889 Espola Road
Poway, CA 92064

tuition

please call

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Current Child Classes.

School Year 2019/20

Classes started in September 2019 and run through mid June 2020.
If you are interested in joining mid-year, please email us at germanpacificschool@gmail.com for availability.
Class assignment will be based on language level/assessment test and, if joining during the school year, tuition will be pro-rated based on individual start date.

Mondays in Poway

$1099

Per School Year

  • Grades 1-10
  • 4:00 PM - 6:15 PM
  • 34 weeks/school year
Wednesdays in Clairemont

$1099

Per School Year

  • Grades 1-10
  • 4:00 PM- 6:15 PM
  • 34 weeks/school year
Wednesdays in Clairemont

$1099

Per School Year

  • AP Prep, Grades 8-10
  • 6:30 PM - 8:45 PM
  • 34 weeks/school year
Fridays in Carmel Valley

$1099

Per School Year

  • Grades 3-12
  • 4:30 PM - 6:45 PM
  • 34 weeks/school year
Fridays in Clairemont

$1099

Per School Year

  • DSD II for Grades 11/12
  • 5:00 PM - 7:15 PM
  • 34 weeks/school year
Saturdays in La Jolla

$1099

Per School Year

  • Grades preK - 12
  • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • 34 weeks/school year

 

Withdrawal and Refund Policy 2019-2020
In case of withdrawal, notification must be made in writing to the Registrar at germanpacificschool@gmail.com. The Withdrawal and Refund Policy provides for refunds as follows:

  • Prior to August 1, 2019 – 100% of the tuition minus non-refundable Enrollment Fee of $80.
  • Prior to the second day of school – 75% of the tuition minus non-refundable Enrollment Fee of $80.
  • Prior to the third day of school – 50% of the tuition minus non-refundable Enrollment Fee of $80.
  • After the third day of school – no refund.

Please allow 4 weeks for a refund to be processed (we will make every effort to process refunds earlier). The non-refundable Enrollment Fee is $80 per student. The non-refundable Enrollment Fee covers the Materials Fee of $60 per student per class as well as the administration and processing costs of new and returning students of $20 per student per class. The Materials Fee helps defray the costs of supplies, testing fees, and materials for classes.

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Current Adult Classes.

School Year 2019/20

The 2020 Spring Semester started on February 6th, 2020

New beginner classes will be offered in the Fall of 2020.
If you are interested in joining mid semester, please email us at germanpacificschool@gmail.com,
so we can determine if our current class offering is the right fit for you.
Thursdays in Clairemont

$545

Per Semester

  • Adult Beginner / Intermediate
  • Level A1.2/2
  • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • 17 weeks/semester

 

Withdrawal and Refund Policy 2019-2020
In case of withdrawal, notification must be made in writing to the Registrar at germanpacificschool@gmail.com. The Withdrawal and Refund Policy provides for refunds as follows:

  • Prior to August 1, 2019 – 100% of the tuition minus non-refundable Enrollment Fee of $80.
  • Prior to the second day of school – 75% of the tuition minus non-refundable Enrollment Fee of $80.
  • Prior to the third day of school – 50% of the tuition minus non-refundable Enrollment Fee of $80.
  • After the third day of school – no refund.

Please allow 4 weeks for a refund to be processed (we will make every effort to process refunds earlier). The non-refundable Enrollment Fee is $80 per student. The non-refundable Enrollment Fee covers the Materials Fee of $60 per student per class as well as the administration and processing costs of new and returning students of $20 per student per class. The Materials Fee helps defray the costs of supplies, testing fees, and materials for classes.

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2020 German Immersion
Summer Program

We are offering German Immersion Summer Programs for elementary, middle, and high school age children and teens.

Program weeks are: 6/22 – 6/26/2020 (week 1) and 6/29 – 7/2/2020 (week 2)

Monday – Friday, 9:00AM – 4:00PM

Location: Campus of San Diego French American School
6550 Soledad Mountain Road
La Jolla, CA 92037

ELEMENTARY AGE
IMMERSION PROGRAM

Bilderbuecher, die Lust auf mehr machen! Not your average picture book!

  • wk 1: 6/22-6/26/2020, M-F
  • wk 2: 6/29-7/2/2020, M-Th
  • Full Day: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Ages 6-9 | Grades 1st to 4th
  • Tuition: $320 (wk1), $260 (wk2)
MIDDLE SCHOOL AGE IMMERSION PROGRAM

"So ein (Improv-) Theater!"

  • wk 1: 6/22-6/26/2020, M-F
  • wk 2: 6/29-7/2/2020, M-Th
  • Full Day: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Ages 10 -13 | Grades 5th to 8th
  • Tuition: $320 (wk1), $260 (wk2)
HIGH SCHOOL AGE
IMMERSION PROGRAM

Jugend Debattiert!
-Join our first GPSSD German-language debate team!

  • wk 1: 6/22-6/26/2020, M-F
  • wk 2: 6/29-7/2/2020, M-Th
  • Half Day: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
  • Option to extend to Full Day
  • Ages 14-17 | Grades 9th to 12th
  • Tuition: $300 (wk1), $240 (wk2)

Summer Program Withdrawal and Refund Policy
If you have to change your summer plans, please email us at germanpacificschool@gmail.com.
The Withdrawal and Refund Policy provides for refunds as follows:

  • Withdrawal four weeks before your summer program start date – 100% of the tuition minus non-refundable Administrative Fee of $40
  • Withdrawal three weeks before your summer program start date – 75% of the tuition minus non-refundable Administrative Fee of $40
  • Withdrawal two weeks before your summer program start date – 50% of the tuition minus non-refundable Administrative Fee of $40
  • Withdrawal at a later point – no refund

Please allow up to four weeks for a refund to be processed (we will make every effort to process refunds earlier). The non-refundable Administrative Fee is $40 per student. 

ELEMENTARY AGE IMMERSION PROGRAM - Full Day

Bilderbuecher, die Lust auf mehr machen! Not your average picture book!

Morning Program 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Great picture books are not just for small children, but really for all ages. They vividly tell a funny, scary, or heartfelt story, but profoundness is always lurking in between the pages. Beautiful illustrations capture the interest and imagination. Pictures provide the language we all intuitively understand. We will use a selection of beloved classics and newer pictures books that earned critical acclaim to explore many cross-curricular topics in science, art, culture, and social studies. In this program the children will engage their whole minds and bodies reading, writing, drawing, building, crafting, and moving.

Did you know that most elementary-age children are sad that their parents stopped reading to them when they learned how to read on their own? Shared reading fosters listening, reading comprehension, vocabulary building, and important literacy skills. Reading with children is also an opportunity to discuss social and cultural values.

Students in this program need some basic knowledge of German. Activities and instruction will be differentiated, but teaching will be in German.

Signing up for both weeks in this immersive German environment is strongly recommended.

Supervised Lunchtime 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Afternoon Activities 1:00PM – 4:00PM 
Our German language classes in the morning are complemented by a fun-filled afternoon German-immersion program exploring the theme of “Typisch deutsch!” – German culture and customs from Currywurst to Sportverein. We will mingle with our other students for interesting projects and also have an opportunity to share in their AM learning. We have the opportunity to use the outside campus for physical activities and games.

MIDDLE SCHOOL AGE IMMERSION PROGRAM - Full Day

"So ein (Improv-) Theater!"

Morning Program 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Language improvisation – bring a stories and scenes to life with creativity, spontaneity, and lots of laughter!

Did you know that improvisation can be a very helpful tool for language learning? You can be someone else and speak freely without the fear of making mistakes. Bringing in our emotions and involving our bodies stimulates the imagination and increases retention. Interacting with other students improves German communication skills.

In a relaxed and safe atmosphere with non-verbal and verbal games of improvisation theater, we will bring to light our spontaneous thoughts, feelings, and ideas, and maybe even a short performance!  Let German be fun! Let the drama begin!

Intermediate and higher language skills. 

Signing up for both weeks in this immersive German environment is strongly recommended.

Supervised Lunchtime 12:00 – 1:00 PM

Afternoon Activities 1:00PM -4:00PM 
Our German language classes in the morning are complemented by a fun-filled afternoon German-immersion program exploring the theme of “Typisch deutsch!” – German culture and customs from Currywurst to Sportverein. We will mingle with our other students for interesting projects and also have an opportunity to share in their AM learning. We have the opportunity to use the outside campus for physical activities and games.

HIGH SCHOOL AGE IMMERSION PROGRAM - Half Day

Jugend Debattiert
-Join our first GPSSD German-language debate team!

Morning Program 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

“Jugend Debattiert” is the renowned German-language debate program and competition supported by the ZfA (Central Agency for German Schools Abroad), sponsored by several German foundations and companies, and organized under the patronage of the German Bundespräsident. It is a fun, engaging, and lively curriculum! Students have the opportunity to compete. The competition spans from school to regional and state competition to federal competition (Germany), in which the best debaters meet in Berlin every year. First step: Bay Area and then the US final in November!

Learn to use your reason. Listen to your peers. Make your voice heard. Exercise your democratic responsibility and ask critical questions, listen to the opinions of others and have a respectful discourse. Successfully negotiate with your parents 😉

This workshop will not only improve your oral communication skills, but also help you to write well-structured essays in the DSD exam (Deutsches Sprachdiplom).

Teacher training is required to become a “Jugend Debattiert” facilitator. GPSSD is proud to be a “Jugend Debattiert” school and to be able to offer this fun and rewarding program in San Diego this summer.

Signing up for both workshop weeks is strongly recommended.

Students that do want a full-day program can join our afternoon program for an extra fee of $20/day.

Calendar

Please select your class day to see when classes are in session.

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

News and Events

Please check back. Updates coming soon.
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Get in Touch.

We are looking forward to hearing from you.
Here for you

germanpacificschool@gmail.com
858-461-9118

German Pacific School
San Diego

4271 Clairemont Mesa Blvd.,
San Diego, CA 92117