German School Manhattan (GSM) is the first German-English bilingual school in the borough of Manhattan which opened its doors in September 2018 with an inaugural Kindergarten Class. GSM will grow one grade per year into a full K-5 program.
The Tribeca location is well situated, surrounded by parks and playgrounds and easily accessible by the two Chambers Street subway stations (A, C and 1, 2,3) and the City Hall subway station (R, W).
GSM combines proven teaching methods and curricula from Germany and the United States, crafting a unique, child-centered curriculum that represents German and New York State Department of Education standards.
Subjects are taught in German and English by native speakers. The expertly trained teachers are able to support each child's individual needs, with attention to language level and developmental skills. Small class size (maximum 20) allows for dedicated teacher-student interaction.
GSM puts the child first: personal well-being is the foundation for all academic accomplishments.
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"GSM has allowed us to continue fostering native German language education for our daughter, without sacrificing anything to do so. And simultaneously, she is receiving a comprehensive education across Math, Science, Music, Social Studies, and even Ethics. The teachers are all outstanding, the staff is caring, considerate and professional, and the location can't be beat. While walking hand in hand with my daughter last week, she looked up at me said: "Mommy, I LOVE my school!". That said it all."
"Our daughter Charlotte loves GSM. The location is fantastic and extremely convenient. But, more than anything, GSM's biggest asset is its people: An outstanding team of teachers and a principal who are passionate about what they do, have the required experience matched with the perfect balance of caring and teaching kids the right behavior, language skills, social interactions as well as setting a secure foundation for their academic future. We couldn't be happier with the school."
"Wir ziehen unsere Kinder zweisprachig in New York auf. Dank GSM bin ich mir sicher, dass meine Tochter nicht nur akzentfrei Deutsch spricht, sondern auch spielerisch Deutsch und Englisch lesen und schreiben und denken lernt. Es ist immer wieder beeindruckend zu sehen, wie einfach sie zwischen den Sprachen hin und her wechselt und sich in beiden Welten zu Hause fühlt."
"From the moment you set foot in GSM you are surrounded by a pristine, zen space that rings with peals of laughter. One can feel the happiness in the air if the children's smiles and excitement to be there isn't enough to go by! The classroom is huge, bright and beautiful and the walls are already filling up with the children's work. It is a happy oasis that allows for children to be children. The curriculum is strong in both languages (we get a good chance to go over it all and see the children's progress at parent nights) and the teachers are wonderful people: clever, gentle and funny and adored by the children. The headmistress Ilka is very friendly and always has time to answer any questions and concerns. Because the class is small the children and parents have gotten to know each other on a more intimate basis so there is a feeling of family at GSM that many schools usually lack. My husband and I had qualms about sending our oldest daughter to a start-up school (despite the sister-school being so well established in Brooklyn) but we couldn't be happier with our decision. She is so happy here at GSM and so are we. Her younger siblings are already asking to join her!"
"We feel so incredibly blessed to have our daughter attending GSM. We had so many uncertainties while searching for a place to send her and went through the usual Manhattan anxieties in trying to figure out what would be the best match for her. When we heard that GSM was opening we immediately arranged an interview and tour. We fell in love right away and all the previous worries evaporated right away.
As soon as you enter the building each day, you are greeted by the most amazing principal.
Each day we hear stories from our daughter about the fun, adventures and learning that she has experienced; reinforced by the photos and stories that the teachers share with us. GSM addresses the educational needs of each child as well as their emotional and social well-being.
GSM promotes a wonderful community spirit and we couldn’t speak more highly of this wonderful school."
"It speaks volumes when your daughter comes home from school, giggling about how fun math and reading are and wanting to teach us what she learned. The positive energy in the learning enviroment is encouraging for the entire family. The teachers obvious dedication and warmth is communciated from the moment we drop her off to the moment we pick her up."