The German-American School is a NY State accredited After-School language program with German classes held in Manhattan, Franklin Square and Garden City, LI.
What sets us apart?
Unlike ordinary German language courses, we are the only New York State Board of Regents accredited bilingual After-School program in New York – perfect even for children who do not have a German background.
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 an accredited program for a language that many public and private schools don’t offer, in a diverse, multicultural and nourishing environment. We create a customized curriculum for each class — including quizzes, tests, end-of-trimester and final exams in order to maintain academic credibility. Homework is assigned in all classes, except Kindergarten.
All our teachers are native German speaking, fully-vetted and experienced, whether full- or part-time.
Who would choose our program?
Our program caters to children ages 4 to 15. Some of our students are of German heritage, others have no German background. No previous German is necessary. There are classes for children K through 10th grade. Parents select our school because they believe that nurturing one’s heritage or learning a second or third foreign language benefits their child’s development and can be useful later — whether in college or for their career.
How do we teach?
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.
When are classes?
Our classes meet one afternoon per week for 1 hour and 45 minutes:
in Manhattan on Mondays, in Garden City on Tuesdays, and in Franklin Square on Fridays.
View the 2017-2018 school calendar here.
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 which is why our program is recognized by NY State. It is also why the program of German-American-School can lead the students toward completion of the New York State Three-Year Comprehensive Regents Exam in German. 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.
German-American-School, Teaching German for 119 Years. Regents Accredited Since 1911.