Our School

The German Language School of the North Bay was founded in 1967 in Novato, California, by families seeking to preserve the German cultural heritage and language within the rich multicultural landscape of Sonoma and Marin. Today, we carry on that mission as a non-profit Saturday school and community committed to furthering the language, culture, and customs of German-speaking countries to our local community and beyond—just as we have for over 40 years.

We are a proud member of the non-profit German American School Association of Northern California (GASANC), which is dedicated to supporting the cause of Saturday schools in Northern California. We are also members of and connected with other supporting clubs, schools, and organizations associated with German culture, language and events in San Francisco and the North Bay. Take a look at our Resources section for more information about our German community connections.

As a non-profit, our support is through registration, fundraisers, tax-deductible donations, and grants. Our school membership consists of teachers, administrators, professionals, and paraprofessionals passionate about the advancement of German. We are run by an all-volunteer board that wishes to carry on the strong traditions of our school and share that culture with others. Our membership is made up of the parents of enrolled students as well as all the adult students.

Our Teachers

To ensure high quality instruction, teachers are selected both for their knowledge of German and for their teaching ability. Most of our instructors are from German speaking countries and possess teaching credentials. As dedicated professionals, they make sure that the learning experience is fun and well-rounded. Are you interested in becoming a teacher with the German Language School of the North Bay? Contact us for available opportunities.

Learn more about our teaching staff.

Our Board

The German Language School of the North Bay is administered by an all-volunteer Board of Directors that is dedicated to running the school. The Board members take care of all administrative functions regarding the school. The Board of Directors is elected annually and all members (parents of enrolled children and adult students) of the school are eligible to vote for and serve on the Board. Contact us if you are interested in joining the board.

Learn more about our Board of Directors.

Our Campuses

We have a campus in both Marin and Sonoma counties! School days and curriculum for both campuses are the same, however class offerings may vary. For more information:

Class Days and Times

Our classes meet Saturday mornings (excluding holidays) from 9:30am until noon at both campuses. Please see our calendar for the Saturdays school is in session or download our complete calendar (PDF). For questions, feel free to contact us.

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