German School Campus needs your support!

German School Campus needs your support!

Please help us raise funds to make one year of German language and cultural studies accessible to 10 students.

Last week we started a gofundme.com crowd funding campaign to get closer to our goal of raising $20,000. This will provide 10 scholarships for students to learn the German language for an entire school year including all materials, books and exam fees. Please support us!

 Multi Ethnic Students Standing In Front Of German Flag Showing Thumb Up
Multi Ethnic Students Standing In Front Of German Flag Showing Thumb Up

Learning any world language opens the doors for our children to advance in their professional careers later on in life. And learning German in particular could even help your child to study for free at one of the many world-renowned German universities later on. According to a recent study, German is among the top three languages children should learn “…if they’re looking for success in the next 10 years.” (Travel & Leisure)

Here at GermanSchool campus we want to make learning of the German language accessible to any child, who wants to discover the exciting world of getting to know a new culture through its language. “Young minds are so inquisitive and eager to learn. That is the time when we have to help them tackle the study of a new language and acquire a sense for a new culture. It will make them insightful and well-rounded adults.” believes Ursula Schoeneich, GermanSchool campus’ engaged principal and founder.

Alex M and Deputy Consul General Stefan Biedermann presented DSD Diploma
Alex M and Deputy Consul General Stefan Biedermann presented DSD Diploma

Our school provides German classes for the age groups 4 to 17. Comprehensive teaching covers the German language in reading, writing, listening and speaking and our curriculum will immerse students into Germany’s culture, geography and traditions. Classes are purposely held small so teachers can dedicate their attention to the individual student; an environment that enables very focused work towards the German “Sprachdiplom” (German National Exam).

As you get ready for your taxes please keep us and the education of our children in mind – Sponsor a child with your contribution today!

“Americans have used charitable donations to lower their taxable income since World War I”. reports TurboTax, and “…nearly 27 percent of filers take advantage of this tax break, according to a preliminary analysis of 2010 tax returns by the Internal Revenue Service.”

GermanSchool campus is a 501(c) (3) non-profit Public Benefit Corporation and any donation translates into a 100% charitable tax deduction.

Your generous contribution will help transform our youth of today into responsible and aware global citizens of the future.

Please consider GermanSchool campus in your gifting this year!

GermanSchool campus at www.Gofundme.com

German School Campus is gearing up for the German National Exam

German School Campus is gearing up for the German National Exam

German School Campus is gearing up for the German National Exam

An exciting month is ahead of us. It’s German National Exam Time!

April is the month where we can show off what we have studied for so hard all year. Our German language skills are under the spotlight ! AATG testing (American Association of Teachers for German), which is also known as the German National Exam, is scheduled for this month and our students are ready to proof their knowledge of the German language!

The April AATG test is the first one in a series of four, that students can take. All following German National Tests are being held in the winter semester .

Participating in AATG tests has a number of benefits:
  • Working towards a goal respectively a test, motivates and inspires the students to give their best.
  • Students may have the benefit of being placed in a higher-level language class at their high school (given the school offers classes in German)
  • These tests are a great preparation for high school students, who work towards taking the SAT subject tests: ‘German’ or ‘German with Listening’, which in turn will help their overall SAT scores for their college applications.
  • Working toward a test makes studying more streamlined since very particular material has to be covered.

In 2016 an astounding 26,572 students from nearly 700 schools all over the U.S. have participated in the AATG testings. All our German School Campus students, who took part in last year’s AATG 4 testing, have finished with a gold medal. So our bar is set high for our students, who are taking the AATG 1 this April!

German School Campus, a Specialist in German Language Test Preparation

We at German School Campus take testing seriously and leave nothing to chance.
We prepare our students well not only in the specifics of the German language but also in the technicalities of the test taking itself. This alone can sometimes be challenging if it has not been practiced.

In the last month leading up to the exam we make time to work with our students also on the actual test taking and initiate mock test situations. That way our students learn how to navigate the particular AATG test format and will be able to access videos, reading material and audios as well as their actual test material simultaneously when needed.

How do the AATG Tests work?

Each AATG exam is delivered in electronic format and consists of two parts, a 40-minute listening and viewing portion (audios and videos) and a 45-minute reading portion that includes printed text but also graphs and images that need to get interpreted. Each of those two parts has 50 questions in the style of multiple choice, matching and true/false. AATG offers some sample tests on their website so one can get familiarized with the format.

German School Campus will hold its German National Test on April 22nd, 2017.

Have any questions? We are here to help.

Contact us by phone +1 (949) 229 – 7389 or send us an email at [email protected]

Summer Camp 2017 open for enrollment

Summer Camp 2017 open for enrollment

STEM Summer Day Camp 2017

Please register your kid’s, places are limited and filling up fast.

STEM Summer Camp 2017 Flyer

German & Environmental Science
Monday July 3rd,
(Tuesday 4th of July is off)
Wednesday July 5th to Saturday July 8th
Time 8:30 am to 4:30 pm daily

STEM Summer Day Camp 2017 – Enrollment Form- Payment

Camp location is at our school campus:
1931 West Coast Highway, Newport Beach CA 92663

Spring in Franconia!

Spring in Franconia!

Nuremberg is the second largest city in Bavaria with about half a million inhabitants and is in the heart of Franconia. Not only does it contain a dramatic and fascinating past, but also a wonderful old town, and many international fairs and with great locations in the middle of nature. City life beckons many residents and tourists to visit. The connection the city has to the University of Erlangen and the city of science, Fürth, makes Nuremberg even more attractive for all generations. Large parks and a great public transportation systems connect the three cities and the people. The surrounding lakes, the open air events, and the castle at night should especially be visited during the springtime.

Die Blaue Nacht
Die Blaue Nacht
Spring in Franconia!
Spring in Franconia!

One popular event for everyone is “die Blaue Nacht” in the center of the city. All shops and squares light up with a magic blue glow, while artists and storeowners present their works. Many visitors meet for music, cocktails, and good food on the streets dancing the night away. If this is too much blue, you can also visit the public gardens, the zoo, or enjoy long walks to many different cities. Despite the high population, Nuremberg has remained welcoming and pleasant. If you are planning a trip to Germany, the middle of Franconia should not be missed!

Frühling in Franken!

Frühling in Franken!

Nürnberg ist die zweitgrößte Stadt Bayerns mit ungefähr einer halben Millionen Einwohnern und ist das Herz Frankens. Nicht nur eine dramatische und faszinierende Vergangenheit, sondern auch eine wundervolle Altstadt, viele internationale Messen und die tolle Lage in der Mitte von Natur und Stadtleben überzeugen viele Bewohner und Touristen. Die Verbindung zu der Universitätsstadt Erlangen und der Wissenschaftsstadt Fürth macht Nürnberg noch attraktiver für Jung und Alt. Große Parks und eine gute Verkehrsanbindung verbinden die drei Städte und die Menschen. Aber vor allem die umliegenden Seen, die Openair Events und die Burg bei Nacht sollte man bereits im Frühling besuchen.

Nuernberg
Nuernberg
Die Blaue Nacht
Die Blaue Nacht

Ein beliebtes Fest für jedermann ist „die Blaue Nacht“ im Zentrum der Stadt. Alle Geschäfte und Plätze tauchen in ein blaues Licht, während Künstler und Ladenbesitzer ihre Arbeiten präsentieren. Viele Besucher treffen sich zu Musik, Cocktails und zu gutem Essen auf der Straße und feiern die ganze Nacht. Wem dies zu viel blau ist, der kann auch die öffentlichen Gärten oder den Zoo besuchen oder lange Wanderwege genießen. Nürnberg ist trotz seiner Einwohneranzahl gemütlich und natürlich geblieben. Wer eine Reise nach Deutschland plant, der sollte sich die Mitte Frankens nicht entgehen lassen!

Endlich zurück!

Endlich zurück!

Nach einem langen Jahr konnte ich meine Lieblingsschüler wiedersehen. Vier Wochen konnte ich wieder an dem Unterricht teilnehmen und sehen wie hart alle letztes Jahr gearbeitet haben. Aber nicht nur meine Kids, sondern auch neue Schüler konnte ich kennenlernen. Jedes Alter ist nun vertreten und alle lernen gemeinsam! Ich war zunächst skeptisch, aber es funktioniert! Ganz

Endlich zurück!
Endlich zurück!

nach dem Motto, jeder hilft jeden. Es wird weiterhin streng nach Plan gearbeitet, auch in den Ferien und es lohnt sich! Alle Schüler haben die Tests bestanden und wollen weiter machen. Ich bin wirklich stolz auf die Arbeit von allen! Aber nicht nur die Atmosphäre in der Klasse, sondern auch private Events haben mich wieder einmal beeindruckt. Die Schüler freuen sich auf Ostern in der Schule, sie kommen gerne mit zu Filmabenden und die ersten Familien haben sich bereits für das nächste Sommer Camp registriert. Eine Woche alles um das Thema deutsche Wissenschaft mit vielen Experimenten in der Schule oder auf dem Wasser. Ich wünschte ich könnte wieder mit dabei sein! Es ist viel Arbeit am Anfang, aber die Woche verging so schnell und es war ein riesen Spaß für alle! Meine Schüler vermisse ich jetzt schon! Den Koffer werde ich nicht weit weg stellen!

Finally, I am back!

Finally, I am back!

After a long year, I could see my favorite students again. For four weeks I could take part in classes again and see how hard everyone was working. Not only my kids, but also new students I could get to know. Every age is now represented and everyone learns together! At first I was skeptical, but it works! According to the motto, everyone helps everyone. The program of one school year is still strict, even in the holidays but it is worth it! All students passed their

Finally, I am back!
Finally, I am back!

latest tests and everyone wants to move on to the next level. I am really proud of the work done by all of the students! Not only the ideas in class were really impressive, but also our private activities as well. The students are looking forward to Easter at school, they are happy to come to film events and the first families have already registered for the next summer camp. The camp is one week filled with German science involving many experiments in school or on the water. I wish I could be there again! It’s a lot of work at the beginning, but the week went by so quickly and it was a blast for every one of us! I miss my students already! For sure, I will not put my suitcase too far away!

Karneval at GERMAN SCHOOL campus

Karneval at GERMAN SCHOOL campus 

The “Karneval “event was celebrated yesterday February 25th, in the classrooms at German School campus in Newport Beach. It was our 2nd year of this great party.

School Director Frau Ursula Schoeneich is a native from the Rhineland in Germany, where “Karneval “is this week-end in full swing. Frau Ursula loves to bring cultural events to the students and five events are being hosted during the school year.

Together with Frau Ute from the Kinder Schule (4-6 year old’s) this event was fully sponsored by both schools. Music Teacher Frau Livia helped with a great music program. Lots of fun activities, games and dance moves. Students came with the entire family and brought also friends. We had students in creative costumes. The games were so much fun for young ones and adults: Parents fed each other with chocolate pudding as the eyes were blind-folded. Kids ate chocolate marshmallow so called “Schaumküsse’” in a competition. Pretzels on a string where the smaller kids competed with the older ones. They all danced to the music of Karneval. 

The balloon dances were the highlight. Wonderful prices were given to the winners. Children and adults got spoiled with donuts so called “Berliner”, coffee, tea, lemonade and later in the evening with Hot Dogs The final game of the evening was the circle where a gift box went from right to the left student. As the music stopped, the child who hold the box in hand could open it.

The teachers were thankful for the last group of parents who helped in clean up. Party ended by 6:30 pm.

SOCAL German Day 2017 at UCI

SOCAL German Day 2017 at UCI

Deputy Consul General of the Federal republic of Germany Kathrine Steinbrenner at UCI
Deputy Consul General of the Federal republic of Germany Kathrine Steinbrenner at UCI

The Day started with German weather in Southern California with rain showers but turned into sunshine after a while.

Students of German School campus
Students of German School campus

German School campus students and Frau Ursula Schoeneich met at UCI to join the three hours filled program which was put together by. Glenn Levine, Professor of German and German Language Program Director at UCI. Dean of Humanities, Georges van den Abbeele, as we well as the Deputy Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany, Kathrin Steinbrenner welcomed teachers and students to the event. In addition, sessions were led by Peter Zykowski of the Goethe Institute San Francisco, Hanni Geist from the DAAD, and Vera Dindoyal from the ZfA-Zentralstelle für das Auslandsschulwesen of the Federal Republic of Germany.

Theater workshop with Vera Dindoyal ZfA
Theater workshop with Vera Dindoyal ZfA
DAAD workshop with Hanni Geist
DAAD workshop with Hanni Geist

Students of German School campus won the German Trivia Quiz 1 with 20 to 11 against other High School students. They joined classes of “Getting a Degree in Germany”, “Step into German with Soccer and Music”, a “German Theater workshop”.
Everyone joined the UCI Campus Tour and went then to the Mensa for a lunch invite by Frau Schoeneich. Gifts were given and every student and chaperone took a bag of information’s about the German studies, home.

Karneval Party 2017

Karneval Party 2017

Lots of activities, fun, games, music and snacks. Bring your entire family, friends and new students are welcome. Please download and print your flyer and send the link to your friends and family.

Saturday February 25th, 2017 – 4 pm to 6 pm –
Sea Base room downstairs “Foxtrott

GERMAN SCHOOL Campus Location
Youth Center Newport Sea Base – 1931 West Coast Hwy
Newport Beach, CA 92663

Please make your reservation:
Age group: 7 to 18
GERMAN SCHOOL campus: (949) – 229 – 7389
Email: [email protected]

Age group: 4 to 6
Ute’s KinderSchule: (949) – 786 – 3877
Email: [email protected]

About Karneval

In general, Karneval is the word used for the Rhenish (Rhineland) version of carnival in northwest Germany (except in Mainz), while the word Fasching refers to the similar celebration in southern Germany and Austria. The big day for Karneval is the Rose Monday parade, whereas the big Fasching parades are usually the day before, on Carnival Sunday. (The big final parade for Mardi Gras in New Orleans is on Shrove Tuesday.) But one of Germany’s biggest carnival parades takes place in the northern German city of Braunschweig, also on Carnival Sunday. Called “Schoduvel” (“scaring away the devil”), the Braunschweig carnival dates back to 1293.

As we can see from the examples above, keeping track of carnival customs is far from simple. The term Fasching is also seen and heard in Berlin and other parts of northern Germany. Fastnacht, mostly used in Swabia and Switzerland, is also used in the northern city of Mainz. However, that still does not mean that these words are interchangeable. In fact, if we examine the origin of the three words, we discover that each is derived from a different source.

The word Fasching dates back to the 13th century and is derived from the Germanic word vaschanc or vaschang, in modern German: Fastenschank = the last serving of alcoholic beverages before Lent. In olden times the 40-day Lenten period of fasting was strictly observed. People refrained from drinking alcohol or eating meat, milk products and eggs. The English word “fast” (to refrain from eating) is related to German fasten.