What is GSM’s curriculum?

GSM has developed a bilingual curriculum that reflects German grade-level learning competencies, as well as New York State Department of Education standards. After establishing a solid foundation in both languages in kindergarten, beginning in 1st grade, instruction is split evenly between German and English, with native speakers guiding the children in their learning. Following a responsive classroom model, teachers create classrooms that are child-centered and which foster creative thinking and independent learning. 

Native German teachers instruct students in German reading and writing, math, social studies, and ethics. Native English-speaking teachers teach students in English reading and writing, social studies, science, and beginning in 1st grade math. Units of study culminate in grade-wide presentations where children share with their families what they have learned. These presentations center the thematic learning from social studies (in both German and English), but highlight the skills they have acquired in all subjects (e.g. writing skills, scientific thinking, reading and public speaking). 

Art, music, and movement are taught in German and English to children beginning in kindergarten. Spanish-language instruction will be introduced in 3rd grade. 

Academic instruction is complemented with plenty of free play and daily visits to local parks.

How does GSM support its students?

Children play, learn, and explore in a thoughtfully structured classroom environment. From day one, teachers work with children to cultivate a classroom culture built upon rituals that center the child and that creates a safe and joyful learning experience. The school day begins with a morning circle and then transitions into rotations of whole-group, small group, and independent learning. This allows teachers to differentiate learning and to meet each student where they are academically and social-emotionally. Our progressive, well-rounded approach guides children in meeting all American and German learning competencies.

The school day

Drop off begins each day at 8am. Kindergarten’s morning circle begins at 8:50, while 1st grade on begins at 8:35. Dismissal begins at 3pm for Kindergarten and 3:15 beginning in 1st Grade. Daily after school programming offered by community partners and the school provides the opportunity for an extended day through 5:30. Click here for more information about the after school program.


The German School Manhattan works closely with Schulexpert/Deutsche Fernschule, a non-profit association in Germany. Schulexpert provides educational consulting services as well as teaching materials worldwide. The teaching material is recommended by the German Ministry of Foreign affairs and the high quality teaching concept combines long standing expertise in curriculum design, school management and e-learning into a cutting edge educational approach. ( /