Who We Are
The German School of Connecticut comprises dedicated teachers, students and parents who meet every Saturday morning during the school year to teach and learn German and support a variety of school activities.
Our classes meet Saturday mornings, from 9:30 am to 12:15 pm, when students are rested and more receptive to instruction than they would be in a weekday afternoon program. Also, Saturday morning classes do not interfere with afternoon extracurricular activities and homework.
Founded in 1978, the school is a non-profit organization. All tuition and funds are used to teach and maintain the German language and culture, and to create the most positive environment to do so.
In 1982, with the help of the Zentralstelle für das Auslandsschulwesen (Central Agency for German Schools Abroad) the school introduced the Sprachdiplom to the US. The very first two exams were given at our facilities, and all students passed! Today, many schools nationwide administer the test.
To better serve German speaking communities in Connecticut and neighboring New York, the school has two campuses: West Hartford and Stamford.
The German School of Connecticut provides German language and culture instruction for children pre-K to 12 and adults in a professional, stimulating and friendly atmosphere. Besides offering classroom activities, we provide an international and intercultural environment and a forum for U.S.-German friendship. We offer a modern view and an up-to-date picture of life in the German speaking countries.
The specific goals of the GSC program are to develop the students’ oral proficiency and literacy in German, and to introduce them to the cultural heritage of the German-speaking countries, their modern achievements, and their contributions to the US. Research has shown that acquiring a second language, particularly at an early age, has many additional benefits:
- it has a positive effect on intellectual growth
- it improves listening skills
- it enhances flexibility in thinking
- it produces greater sensibility to any language
Our students come from German-speaking and non-German-speaking homes, and from many different ethnic and linguistic backgrounds. A number of them learn German as their third or even fourth language, and they have the support of their parents. Our adult students come from all walks of life. We have students from New York and New Jersey also coming to GSC.
Parents take great interest in the school and perform much of the administrative work. They constitute the Board of Directors, Board of Officers and serve on a pro bono publico basis. In addition, parents dedicate time for Saturday morning help and for the preparation of seasonal and other school activities, as needed.
To give instruction authenticity and to make learning fun, students participate in a number of cultural activities. Some of them involve the parents and the community.
Each year, teachers and students participate in the Steuben Parade in New York City. Students learn about Advent and other German pre-Christmas customs. Christmas calendars are sold. At Christmas, students present a festive program for their parents and the community.
The West Hartford school participates in the Reimfest of elementary students in Connecticut.
The school year ends with a poetry recitation contest in Stamford and a picnic at both schools.
Students 12-15 are encouraged to take advantage of a summer program in Germany. A three week homestay with a German family, school visits, excursions to castles, old cities, the first printing press and a chocolate factory offer exciting experiences for adventurous youngsters.
Don't forget to check our schedule for all the extra events taking place at our school or where the German School of Connecticut is actively participating!
For those who are interested, a small library of German books and videos is available to all students.
Our teachers are professionally trained with German or US degrees, specializing in German language teaching and in childhood education. They are supported by a full compliment of teacher aides.
GSC is always looking for good teachers with native or near-native language ability, and a German or US degree. Naturally, experience is preferred.
If you are interested in joining our faculty, please contact us.
The German School of Connecticut, Inc. (GSC) does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation or military or veteran's status in any of its activities or operations. GSC is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate and will take measures to ensure against discrimination in employment, recruitment, advertisements for employment, compensation, termination, upgrading, promotions, and other conditions of employment against any employee or job applicant on such grounds.