German Program For The Youngest

A New German Program For The Youngest Language Learners At German School Campus.

The 2017/18 academic year rings in our first ‘Vorschul-Klasse’ for the 4-6 year olds.

Knowing how important it is for our children to be introduced to a German Program For The Youngest Language Learners At GermanSchool Campusnew language as early as possible, we realized the significance of designing a special class for our youngest German language learners. We listened to our parents, and created German School campus’ brand new ‘Voschul-Klasse’ (4-6 years old)!

Learning German at our school right on the Newport Beach Bay has always been an exciting adventure but this year marks the first year, where we make it possible for students to join us at German School campus already at four years of age!

New at German School campus for the academic year 2017/18?

Here is what you need to know: We are expanding our course offering for the upcoming academic school year by adding two new programs:

  • Our new German ‘Vorschul-Klasse’ for ages 4-6 will cater to our youngest learners within the preschool to Kindergarten age.
  • Our new Advanced Learner Class will prepare for the B2/C1 Exam / DSDII Deutsches Sprachdiplom, a prerequisite for anyone, who would like to take advantage of going to university for free in Germany!

We will continue having our traditional Beginner Class that prepares students for the AATG 1 exam in their first year, and we will have our popular Intermediate Class, which culminates in taking the A2 Exam according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), (The A2 Exam is a necessary step towards the B1, and finally B2 /C1 exams). Our Intermediate class takes also the AATG 2 exam in spring 2018, which can count towards credits for foreign language studies at a high school.

Acquiring an early taste for German at German School campus’ new ‘Vorschul-Klasse’

Countless studies show how beneficial it is for children to start learning a foreign language as early as possible. Not only is learning a foreign language happening more naturally and playfully then, but research demonstrates that language learning has also many cognitive benefits. It enhances critical thinking and problem solving skills, and provides our children with greater mental flexibility and makes them better multi-taskers.

Our ‘Vorschul-Klasse’ program for our youngest learners is taught by Livia Wielath, a gifted educator, who has a BA in Education and a Masters Certification in the Dalcroze-Method for Music & Dalcroze-Method for Music & MovementMovement from the Conservatory in Stuttgart. Livia has been teaching young children in Germany and Orange County for the past 27 years. She currently teaches Orff Music classes and also German Language Circles at a school in Laguna Beach.

At German School campus she’ll use her experience with the Dalcroze-Method and teach our 4-6 year olds the German language through songs and rhythm. Children will learn numbers, the days of the week, the calendar, seasons and much more through fun songs and plays. As it is tradition in our school, also our youngest members will learn how to introduce themselves and will be able to hold up a small and simple conversation by the end of the year. You’ll be surprised by their success!

Our engaging teaching method benefits all 4-6 year olds in our ‘Vorschul-Klasse’. While we focus more on the spoken word with our youngest ones in class, we start introducing simple writing and reading in German to our 5-6 year olds. Working on art projects and doing crafts further enhances the German language immersion.

Learning about German Culture by celebrating German Traditions

Throughout the year all classes at German School campus participate in celebrating German traditions and prepare for festivities in an age-appropriate way. Highlights are:

  • In November, we have our much loved lantern parade.
  • In December, we have several celebrations: Our Saint Nicholas celebration, a Gingerbread House Decorating contest, as well as a Family Christmas celebration, in which our students traditionally present a play and sing German Christmas carols.
  • In spring around February we have our Karneval.
  • Around Easter in late March or April our kids enjoy the Easter Egg Hunt.
  • In the first weeks of summer our Science STEM Summer Camp takes place.

One of our recent post explains more in detail how else we make learning German a fun adventure at German School campus.

Registration for all German Classes has started – Classes will begin August 28th

The new school year is just about to begin and we are already in the middle of planning out all our classes.

Be part of our school and enroll your child at our school today! We look forward to welcoming you and your family!

Great time at Summer Day Camp 2017

The second year Summer camp 2017

STEM Summer Day Camp 2017

The second year of the project “summer camp” is over and it was a complete success again as shown by the positive reaction of the students regarding the practical experiences. Outside of the class rooms the students have learned everything about the elements -earth, water, air and fire. The main focus was talking about our resources and renewable energy, with an emphasis on sustainability in mind. A further priority was learning new vocabularies in a field that becomes more and more important to all nations all over the world. In cooperation with the Newport Sea Base School Mrs. Schoeneich (school director) was able to plan an all-round camp with interesting articles, videos, games and great trips to different places in the Newport Back Bay area, for examples excursions on the water including kayaking and sail boat tours. The idea was to practice a specialized vocabulary playfully with all students of all ages together. At the end the kids got their own folders with all important information about tides, solar and wind energy and recycling, of course in German. Mrs. Ursula Schoeneich created with her German School Campus another wonderful summer camp that hopefully will come back in 2018 again!

We are looking forward to her projects!


Summertime for students in Erlangen

The University of Erlangen-Nuremberg

is the third largest university in Bavaria. It was founded in Erlangen in the 18th century and offers 79 Bachelor’s and 89 Master’s degrees to more than 40,000 students. The faculties are distributed Der Sommer für Studenten in Erlangenall over the city and cooperate with many organizations. The cooperation with a lot of hospitals in Erlangen makes the Friedrich Alexander University to one of the ten largest universities in Germany. The palace garden in the center of the city offers a great atmosphere. Right next to the faculty of the university is the Orangerie of the palace with direct access to the university street. The park has many beautiful places that are used for sports, reading and relaxing and makes the students’ lunch time especially in summer. The palace garden is also a popular place for graduation parties and festivals. A beautiful place to study.

Der Sommer für Studenten in Erlangen

Die Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg

ist die drittgrößte Universität in Bayern. Sie wurde im 18. Jahrhundert in Erlangen gegründet und bietet mehr als 40.000 Der Sommer für Studenten in ErlangenStudenten 79 Bachelor und 89 Master Studiengänge an. Die Fakultäten sind in der ganzen Stadt verteilt und kooperieren mit vielen Organisationen. Besonders die Kooperationen mit den Kliniken in Erlangen macht die Friedrich-Alexander-Universität zu einer der zehn größten Universitäten in Deutschland. Eine tolle Atmosphäre bietet vor allem der Schlosspark im Zentrum der Stadt. Direkt neben der Verwaltung der Universität liegt die Schloss Orangerie mit direktem Zugang zu der Universitätsstraße. Der Park besitzt viele Wiesen für Sport, Lesen und Entspannen und versüßt den Studenten die Mittagspause. Der Schlosspark ist unter anderem ein beliebter Ort für Abschlussfeiern und Stadtfeste. Ein wunderschöner Ort um zu studieren.

The Northern Sea

30 degrees Celsius, sun, beach and water!

In this way the May began in Germany at the Northern Sea. In the north of Germany the summer feeling began early this year. Just in time for school holidays, families enjoyed the warm sand, the warm water and good food. A perfect place if you need time to relax! Even from the south of Germany people travel to the north. Not only the coast is an attractive holiday destination for many people, also the islands around the mainland. All public ferries are also easy to reach. The most relaxing place is in “beach baskets”, which shelters from the sun and the wind, but also invite you to dream. The Northern Sea is an unique landscape with tall grasses and sand hills called “Dünen”. A visit to German beaches is worthwhile for everyone!

Die Nordsee

30 Grad Celsius, Sonne, Strand und Meer!

So hat der Mai in Deutschland an der Nordsee angefangen. Im Norden von Deutschland fing das Sommer Gefühl früh an dieses Jahr. Rechtzeitig zu den Schulferien genossen Familien den warmen Sand, das warme Wasser und gutes Essen. Wer Zeit zum Entspannen braucht ist hier genau richtig! Sogar aus dem Süden Deutschlands reisen die Menschen in den Norden an. Nicht nur die Küste ist für viele ein attraktives Urlaubsziel, sondern auch die darum liegenden Inseln. Mit den Fähren sind alle ganz einfach zu erreichen. Am schönsten ist es in den Strandkörben, die nicht nur Schutz vor der Sonne und dem Wind bieten, sondern auch zum Träumen einladen. Die Nordsee ist eine einmalige Landschaft mit hohen Gräsern und Sandhügeln, die „Dünen“ genannt werden. Ein Besuch an deutschen Stränden lohnt sich für jeden!

“Having Fun while Learning German” is a year-long motto at German School Campus

Celebrate with us the end of an excellent year of learning.

GERMAN SCHOOL campus ends this school year on a strong note with our students bringing home 15 awards for their exceptional work in the German National Exam testing in May: 10 Gold, 4 Silver and 1 Bronze Award!

“But how do you get there?” Parents frequently ask us. In the following we hope to offer some answers by letting you in on our teaching philosophy as well as on what a successful first year of German language studies may look like.

A successful year of learning German.

For many of our students this school year was their first year being exposed to the German language and for some it was even the first year learning a foreign language all together. It is amazing to witness the immense progress students have made by the end of each school year.

When classes start out in late August, many parents, who have signed up their children to learn German, are anxious about how their child will cope with learning a foreign language. What will they learn during the first year? What will they actually be able to understand by the end of the year?

They are always surprised but excited to find out that many of our first time learners partake in either the German National Exam for teenagers or the A1-“Vergleichsarbeit” test for our younger children. And this, by the end of only one year of German language instruction!

The Road to Success

It’s an exciting learning path throughout the year, where each student studies not only German grammar and vocabulary but also discovers quite a bit about German culture. At GERMAN SCHOOL campus we are teaching along the guidelines of the Common European Framework. For students starting out with studying German this means learning a lot about daily life scenarios.

Students will learn how to introduce themselves in German, how to talk about their family, their hobbies and their pets. Throughout the duration of the school year, they will practice chatting with fellow students about their day and can strike up a conversation about friends and school.

Fun Along the Way

Part of our teaching philosophy is to regularly incorporate fun and engaging ways to help our students retain new vocabulary and learn grammatical concepts more easily. If we talk about sports, we’ll make use of our exceptional location right on the Newport Bay, and take our students out on the water, where they can learn how to kayak, or rig a sailboat “in German”. Who says working on new vocabulary can’t be fun?!

Another lesson that students enjoy each year is the chapter about food. students enjoy each year is the chapter about foodWe invite the whole class to join us for our traditional German breakfast and principal ‘Frau Ursula’ literally “makes the breakfast vocabulary come to life”! What better way to learn German vocabulary than by munching on delectable German cookies, enjoying German chocolate milk and indulging on the vast variety of German breads, cold cuts and cheeses?

While sipping tea or chocolate milk, students work on how to ask in German for another piece of bread, or practice how to offer a fellow student another cup of tea. “The success of each of my students is very much on my mind all year long”, says principal Ursula Schoeneich, “and moments like our breakfast, when I see our children start conversing in German, assure me that we are on the right path.”

Excellence is our Goal

German is a very structured language and, yes, has many rules. But once you understand the basics, there is a system you can build on. Especially English speakers have an advantage. The English language has so much in common with German that “even today, 80 of the 100 most common words in English are Germanic in origin…making the most frequently spoken words in English and German …extremely similar!” Kindergarden-Kindergarten; ball- Ball; sun-Sonne.

At GERMAN SCHOOL campus we like to give our students little goals to work on before tackling the big goal of the National German Exam testing. This gives them a sense of purpose and turns learning into a game by achieving various benchmarks along the line. We encourage all of our students to take part in the year-end German National Exams and that way be eligible for the Delta Epsilon Phi National Honor Society for High School Students of German. We are proud to have two students qualify for this award in 2017!

Mark your Calendar for these Upcoming Dates :

July 1st
Join us for our End-of-the-Year Award Ceremony and celebrate our students! Students, please bring parents and friends and join us for a delicious breakfast and receive your awards and medals!

July 3rd – 8th
Summer STEM-Language Camp at GERMAN SCHOOL campus. Come and have fun with us at the Newport Bay! Please sign up here!

August 28th
The new 2017/2018 School year at GERMAN SCHOOL campus starts out. You can enroll your student right here.



Dieser besondere Tag, der nur den Müttern gehört, wird natürlich auf der ganzen Welt gefeiert!

Was sind die Unterschiede in den Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika und Deutschland?

Wenn die Familie zusammen sein kann, wird der Muttertag sehr ähnlich gestaltet. Wir stehen früh auf und überraschen die Mamas mit Frühstück, es gibt Geschenke und die Mamas sollen nichts tun müssen. Wir wollen zeigen, dass wir unsere Mamas lieben und sie immer brauchen werden. Dieser Tag soll uns daran erinnern, was für ein Glück wir haben!


In den USA sind gemeinsame Feiertage eher selten. Die amerikanische Lebenskultur und Arbeitskultur veranlasst viele junge Menschen berufliche und private Chancen in anderen Staaten wahrzunehmen. Eine Familienfeier über Skype sowie Besuche einmal im Jahr sind Normalität. Trotzdem werden die Mamas nicht vergessen.

Wer seine Mama nicht sehen kann an diesem Tag, freut sich umso mehr auf den nächsten Besuch und es ist eh viel schöner die Mama mehr als einmal im Jahr zu überraschen!

Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day

This special day, which belongs only to the mothers, is, of course, celebrated all over the world! What are the differences in the United States of America and Germany?

If the family can be together, Mother’s Day is very similar. We get up early and surprise the moms with breakfast, there are gifts and the moms should have nothing stress-fully to do. We want to show that we love our moms and will always need them. This day shows us how lucky we are!

happy mothers day

In the US, holidays with the family are rare. American life culture and work culture encourages many young people to take advantage of professional and private opportunities in different states. A family birthday party via Skype or visits once a year are normality. Nevertheless the moms are always with us!

If you cannot see your moms on this day, you are looking forward to the next visit and it is way more fun to surprise the mom more than once a year!

Summer is Next! Join us for our STEM Language –Science Camp

Summer is Next! Join us for our STEM Language –Science Camp

“Earth, Water, Air, Fire” – Be one of our young scientists at our STEM Summer Camp at the Newport Sea Base

Finding a meaningful camp that enriches our children as much as it provides fun, is hard work. GermanSchoolcampus offers the Orange County community just that with its STEM summer camp right at the beautiful Sea Base in Newport Beach, from July 3-8, 2017.

Following in the footsteps of famous scientists, children ages 6-17 will get immersed into hands-on scientific experiments while playfully being introduced to the German language and culture. But being at the Newport Bay means also water is part of every day’s fun at camp.

Brace yourself because our language-science camp is also an adventure camp!

Games and art activities are just some of the ways we will explore the different elements Earth, Water, Air and Fire. Be ready to go on some exciting excursions on a pontoon boat and check out a local sea bass hatchery in the Newport Bay, or hoist the sails and use wind power to move yourself across the Bay. How about kayaking or building a solar powered hydro car?

Germany is one of the most sustainable industrial countries (Facts about Germany) and is Europe’s top recycler (Eurostats). In our STEM camp you will learn a lot, not only about the various environments but also about sustainability, recycling, clean air solutions, wind power and much more.

Learn German playfully.

All along, while experimenting and having fun in the water, German language terms and vocabulary will subtly be introduced at the beginner level while more advanced groups will try to incorporate German as a “working” language throughout their camp explorations. For a complete schedule of events please click here.

To freshen up any newly learned vocabulary or just to impress parents and friends, every camper will receive a folder that will include new and important vocabulary, have a lesson outline and will serve as a general guideline throughout the camp.

STEM Language-Science Camp: The perfect union between learning German and experiencing Science first hand.

Ursula Schoeneich, GermanSchoolCampus’ principal and a certified DaF German Language Teacher worked for 25 years as an executive in the sustainable recycling industry. She designed this camp to be the perfect union between learning German and learning about science in an environment that also promises fun adventures.

“My goal is to engage and captivate the minds of my young campers with topics and projects that they can relate to. Their having fun is as important to me as their learning experience.”

STEM Summer Day Camp 2017 – “Earth, Water, Air, Fire”
Dates: July 3rd – 8th (no camp on July 4th),
Hours: 8:30am – 4:30pm
Location: Newport Sea Base -1931 West Coast Highway, Newport Beach CA 92663
Cost: $ 465.00

Please Sign Up Here or call us at (949)  285  0829

MARK your CALENDAR for these UPCOMING Dates:

May 6th – Join us for Open House this Saturday from 10am – 2pm. Lots of fun activities await.

May 13th – We are at Scout-O-Rama with Troop 90. Families there can play the Europe Game and Boy Scouts can get the Interpreter Strip “German”!

July 1st – Join us for our End-of-the-Year Award Ceremony! Enjoy breakfast with your family, friends and GermanSchoolCampus staff. From 10:00am -12:00pm.

July 3rd – 8th – Summer STEM – Language Camp at GermanSchoolCampus. Come and have fun with us at the Bay!