What Sets Us Apart?
We are a New York State Board of Regents accredited bilingual after-school language program in Greater New York.
Our students complete our program by taking the following exams:
- The New York State FLAC exam (equivalent to 3-years of High School German), which offers 3 high school credits
- A2 or B1 level exams that are recognized in Germany
- AP German, an exam that is recognized by colleges in the USA
We offer a thorough, accredited program for a language that many public and private schools don’t offer, in a warm, diverse, multicultural and nourishing atmosphere. We create a definite curriculum for each class — including quizzes, tests, end-of-trimester and final exams — which helps us maintain academic credibility. Homework is assigned in all classes, except Playgroup and Kindergarten.
We work with a native German speaking staff of experienced full- and part-time faculty. Our teachers have been with us for many years and are fully vetted.
What Do We Offer?
Our program attracts children ages 4 to 15. Some of our students are of German heritage, others have no German background. No previous German is necessary. We offer Playgroups for 4-5-year-olds as well as classes for children K through 8th grade. Parents select our school because they believe that nurturing ones heritage or learning a second or third foreign language benefits their child’s development and can be useful later — in college and professionally. We offer your child a head start in mastering a foreign language with classes that progress continuously and maintain a defined academic standard.
We teach German as a foreign language: Teachers will speak English in class when necessary and explanations are given in English, especially in the lower grades. In the upper grades, English is phased out in favor of German.
We offer classes in four locations: Manhattan, Ridgewood (Queens), Garden City and Franklin Square (Long Island).
Our classes meet once a week for 1 hour and 45 minutes in the afternoon on varying days: In Manhattan on Mondays, in Garden City on Tuesdays, in Ridgewood on Thursdays and in Franklin Square on Fridays.
Classes start the 3rd week in September. View the 2016-2017 school calendar here.
Our School’s History
In the late 19th century, the school’s students came from German immigrant community and its main purpose was to teach German literature, history, and culture (in German) to the children of German immigrants.
The German-American-School was incorporated in 1911 by the Regents of the University of the State of New York. Therefore, our German-language program is recognized by NY State and the language program of German-American-School is designed to lead the students toward successful completion of the New York State Three-Year Comprehensive Regents Exam in German. Our students take the exam at the conclusion of our program (after eight years). Once the Regents Exam is passed, the student can be awarded three language credits from their respective high school.