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!



Deutsch 3 students receive A1 proficiency certificates

Our Deutsch 3 students received their A1 German Language Certificates yesterday. Big congrats to them and a shoutout to their fabulous teacher, Catalina Thomsen.


The A1 level of proficiency of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages — the first step towards the German Language Diploma — attests that a learner can “understand and use very basic phrases, express needs of a concrete type and ask and answer questions about personal details.” Students are tested in four areas of linguistic competence: listening comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing. Testing is free for our students. What a boost for these 4!

First day of school

We welcome 50+ students to the new school year! Thursday classes started on Sep. 3, Tuesday classes will begin Sep. 8.


Class Rules Vorstufe Deutsch (taught by Sara James)

Just in time for classes, our book grant from the ZfA (Zentralstelle für das deutsche Auslandsschulwesen, Central Agency for German Schools Abroad) was delivered. We are immensely grateful for the support and look forward to expanding our cooperation. This year, students in our DaF, Deutsch2 and Deutsch3 classes will work towards taking internationally recognized proficiency exams.

Auf ein gutes neues Schuljahr!


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Milestone for our school: first round of A1 proficiency exams



Congrats to our Deutsch 3 students and their teacher, Catalina Thomsen! The students took the A1-Vergleichsprüfung a couple of weeks ago and received their certificates from the ZfA (Central Agency for German Schools Abroad) today.

The A1 exam tests children’s language skills in the domains of listening comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing and is the first in a series of exams that lead to the German Language Diploma (DSD).

This was the first year in which we were authorized to offer the A1-Exam. We look forward to preparing more students for this fun exam next year (Deutsch 2/3; DaF 2). Online registration is open!


Book grant from the ZfA

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We gratefully acknowledge our first grant from the German government: The  Central Agency for Schools Abroad (ZfA) generously provided funding for the purchase of more than 60 textbooks, workbooks, Duden grammars, teacher resource books, and poetry collections for our students.

Selection of books provided by ZfA

Selection of books provided by ZfA

These books will mostly be used in our Deutsch 1/2/3 series. Board member Catrin Weimbs was delighted to deliver them to these classrooms.

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Educational director Catrin Weimbs distributing textbooks to Deutsch 1 teacher Morgan Achterberg

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Deutsch 1 students with their new textbooks

The books belong to the German School of Madison and can be checked out by teachers for short-term or long-term use. If your child received one of these books (they are marked with a ZfA sticker inside), please make sure that they do not write or draw in the book. Books will be collected at the end of the year and redistributed in the new academic year.

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Deutsch 1 student enjoying working with her new book