How does your bilingual after-school German language program differ from purely recreational after-school programs?

  • We are the only bilingual after school program accredited by the New York State Board of Regents
  • We offer K-8th grade classes as well as Playgroups
  • We give exams and offer a recognized diploma: Students graduate with the NY FLAC exam (Regents Equivalency Exam), which is the equivalent of three years of High School German. We also offer level A2 and B1 exams and Advanced Placement German. Our diverse and multicultural program ensures academic credibility and is based on a clear curriculum.
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Who is your clientele?

We cater to parents who believe that knowing a second or third foreign language will be an asset to their child’s intellectual development and to their future. Our parents appreciate that we offer an articulated curriculum that leads to graduation with recognized diplomas.

Who are your teachers?

We work with a native German-speaking staff of experienced full- and part-time faculty. Our teachers are academics and have been with us for many years. All are fully vetted.


Are you funded by any religious or political groups?

No. Our only mission is to teach German language and culture. Our language programs are tailored to a diverse and multicultural clientele and have neither religious nor political affiliation.

Where are your locations?

Queens: 70-01 Freshpond Road, Ridgewood, NY 11835.
Manhattan: Classes meet on East 77th between 2nd and 3rd Avenues. There is no school on the West Side of Manhattan.
Long Island: In Garden City, classes meet on Cambridge Avenue near Adelphi University and in Franklin Square, classes meet on Holzheimer Street next to Hempstead Turnpike.

When do classes take place in each location?

Vorschule I in Manhattan.
Vorschule I in Manhattan.

In Manhattan, classes meet on Mondays, depending on the grade, at 4:30-6:15 and for the older children at 6:30-8:15.
In Ridgewood, Queens, classes meet on Thursdays, 4:30-6:15 and for the older children from 6:30-8:15
In Garden City, Long Island, classes meet on Tuesdays, 4:30-6:15 and for the older children (grades 4-8) from 6:30-8:15.
In Franklin Square, Long Island, classes meet on Fridays, 4:30-6:15 and for the older children (grades 4-8) from 6:30-8:15.

You can view the tentative schedule for the upcoming school year 2016/2017 here.

How does your school year work?

We run parallel to the regular school year. Classes start the 3rd week in September, and we are closed on all federal holidays, including Thanksgiving, Easter, Christmas and Jewish Holidays. We also have Winter and Spring break.

Do you have Mommy and me classes?

No, not at this time, but we offer Playgroups for toddlers, from age 4.

Do you let parents and children observe classes to see if they like it?

We do not offer sample classes. However, if someone wants to see the classrooms and the building or meet the teachers, we will gladly arrange that.

After-school German language classes
A K class proudly displays the “Schmetterlinge” (Butterflies) they made before reading “The Hungry Caterpillar” in German.

What is the tuition for the 2017/2018 school year?

Our tuition is very affordable: 1st child: $ 700.00,  2nd child: $ 625.00, 3rd child: 525.00 and 4th child: 225.00. Tuition must be paid in full before the start of classes. The tuition discount does not apply to children in Playgroup and Kindergarten.

How do I register my child?

We have rolling registration until the beginning of September. Download and print out the registration form and send it in to the Ridgewood office at 70-01 Freshpond Road, Ridgewood, NY 11385. It is always good to discuss the placement with the principal, especially if your child knows some German.

If you have more questions about our programs, placement and tuition, please call (212) 787 7543 and leave your number, so we can call you back, or email us at . We are happy to answer all your questions.

We look forward to welcoming you to our school!