Tschüss, Sommer!

This is what German Sommercamp looks like. 


Our kids had so much fun learning German songs and games. Who wouldn’t like to sing about a grandmother who rides her motorbike in a chicken coop (“Meine Oma fährt im Hühnerstall Motorrad…”) and go home with a Schultüte filled with treats?


Our thanks go to our extraordinary counselors and teachers: Bernie, Christine, Delaney, Sebastian, MaryGrace, Chris, and Jonathan. Thanks for making learning German fun! (Pictures are from our August session, but we also had a great camp session in June.)


We had a great time! See you next year — if not earlier. School starts September 10!




Meet & Greet on Sep. 10

All families registered for the fall are cordially invited to a Meet-and-Greet on the first day of classes (9/10, 2-5 pm)!  Come and pick up your welcome folder and enjoy a cup of coffee/tea and a sweet treat while chatting with our board members and other families!
We are also urgently looking for classroom helpers for some of our classes! If you are interested in volunteering your time, either regularly or several times throughout the year, please contact our office!
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Wait lists for most classes

The registration deadline for the 2016-17 school year has passed.  We are happy to report that our classes for younger students have all filled and that spots are only left in our Eulen (5/6th grade), Möwen (7/8th grade), and adult class. For all other classes, you can still get on a wait list. 

We warmly thank all new and returning families for their support. You will soon receive information about a meet & greet on the first day of school. It’s going to be a great year!



Sommerfest 2016 and exciting news about the new school year

Our students and families had a splendid time at our annual Sommerfest in June. It was Zeugnistag for everyone, and our Deutsch 3 students also received their well-earned A 1 certificates from the German Central Agency for Schools Abroad (ZfA). Our thanks go to our fabulous teachers and to our wonderful parents and volunteers for their support. We couldn’t do it without you!

At the Sommerfest, we also announced our schedule for the next school year. Two big changes: We will move to a new location (on Madison’s east side) and to a weekend schedule. All classes will now be taught on Saturdays. And, as requested by many, we will offer a class for adults! Read more about the 2016-17 school year here.

Online registration is open! Please register by July 31 to ensure that the class you are interested in will make and that your child(ren) will have a spot.

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We also held a very successful rummage sale. Time to stock up on those German books and toys!


No need to hire a face painter — our older students are quite the make-up experts.


Tschüss, 2015-2016 — we hope to see you all in September, in our new location. Classes start September 10, 2016.

Register today!



Exciting news about the 2016-17 school year

Dear GSoM families and friends,

We have been receiving a lot of questions about the schedule for the next school year from you. As most of you know, we have outgrown our current location and hence we have been looking for a new “home” for our school over the last several months. While some details still have to be finalized, we would like share some exciting news with you!

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Our first summer camp was a big success

25 children (6-12 years old) had a great time at our first GSoM summer camp (June 15-19, 2015). A big thank you to everyone who helped make it happen, especially Chris Tabisz, who was in charge of putting the camp together, and Morgan Achterberg, who was the local coordinator. Thanks to Chris’ initiative, we received a financial grant from the Central Agency for German Schools Abroad (ZfA), which helped keep tuition low.

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The topic of our camp was “Märchen” (fairy tales). Here kids learn about German fairy tales with Bernie Schlafke and his guitar.

Bernie Schlafke playing the guitar

Which fairy tale is being acted out here? (Hint: A pair of siblings captured in the woods is involved.)


Students are decorating “poisonous” apple cookies for another fairy tale.


Storyboard for the same tale.


Having fun outside.


A big thank you to our six teachers and three volunteers…


…and, of course, to our students for making our first camp a big success!


See you back in the fall! Registration is open (deadline for early bird discount: July 15).


Curriculum update

We’re excited to report that more than 50 children have enrolled for the 2014-15 academic year at GSoM! After processing all registration forms, we have the following updates to share:

  • Due to an unexpected demand for a class for beginning readers with prior knowledge of German, there will be an additional class: Vorstufe Deutsch (mostly for children with a German-language background who are entering Kindergarten) will take place on Thursdays from 4.30-5.30 p.m. (with additional project classes — shorter than those for Deutsch 1 — on selected weekends). This class will focus on the connection between letters and sounds (working with an  Anlauttabelle). A work book will be provided.
  • There will be only one DaF1 (German as a Foreign Language) class (meeting Tuesdays from 4-6 p.m. and on three project weekends). No “split” class with meetings on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
  • There will be only one Deutsche Dachse class (meeting on Thursdays from 4:30 pm- 5:15 p.m.). No second class beginning at 5:15 p.m.
  • Due to an overlap with Yom Kippur, our October project class (Deutsch 1/2/3)  has been moved from Oct. 4 (Saturday) to Oct. 5 (Sunday), still from 1-4 p.m. Please consult our calendar for all calendar updates throughout the school year.
  • Curious about your child(ren)’s teacher? See our teacher profiles here. You will also receive a welcome email from your child(ren)’s teacher(s) prior to the beginning of the semester.
  • Online registration will close on August 15. If you would like to enroll your child, please do so now. Some courses are close to capacity at this point, while our Youth Group (for middle and high schoolers) still needs some more students.


Our teachers take great care to assign children to the most appropriate class level, to ensure a challenging yet not overwhelming language learning experience for all children. During registration, we are asking parents to choose a preferred class for their child(ren); however, teachers will have the final decision regarding class placement. Prior to the beginning of the school year, you will receive an email with information about your child’s initial placement, based on the information provided by you in the registration process and, if applicable, teachers’ prior experience with your child(ren). After a period of four weeks, teachers will reassess each placement and children may be advised to move to a different class.