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German School campus Parent Zoom meeting

Saturday December 5th, 2020 11:00 am


  • German School Academic courses 2021
  • Tests- Exams in Spring 2021 age groups 8/9 to age 18
  • NGA – National German Exam
  • A1 Vergleichsarbeit, A2 Exam
  • DSD I and DSDII
  • AP Accreditation ZfA, PASCH-net, WASC
  • Benefits of German Language
  • upcoming events
  • Questions by Parents


Dear Parents,

Thank you for being here this morning and we do not want to take too much of your time.

My Name is Ursula Schoeneich. I am the founder and Principal of the German school campus. With me is Frau Kerstin Roche and Frau Alexandra Wuerfler.

Once a student is enrolled in school, you become a member of it.
Our core curriculum is in accordance with the CEFR – Common European Framework of References for Languages as a guideline for Learning, Teaching, Assessments.

Its main aim is to provide a method of learning, teaching, and assessing which applies to all languages in Europe and is widely accepted as the European standard for grading an individual’s language proficiency.

The European Framework Level is on our website. A1 – C1

”How do we teach German.”

Our classes are structured in K/1st Grader-, 2nd Grader classes, Heritage speaker classes, Beginners of the German Language, Intermediate and Advanced German, AP German Language and Culture, High Advanced German class.

This gives the opportunity to grow into a Language assessment, get High School credit, receive Certificates, and Honors.

Our yearly curriculum is structured in accordance with the study books. We include special events like the German Reunification, we add short movies, speak about inventions and add Austria, Switzerland, and Lichtenstein as German-speaking countries.

We are a little bit limited with online classes right now rather than having action-oriented lessons with many activities in classroom settings.

We also teach German Culture in which we add to the following events in the calendar year, St.Martin, St. Nikolaus, Christmas, Fasching-Karneval, Easter Eggstravaganza.

I love to give students what they deserve especially when they work so hard in the extra afternoon hours or in between all their other classes, to learn German.

Therefore I founded the German school campus in 2015 and within these 5 years we reached ( I say we reached as there are also the teacher's Frau Roche and Frau Wuerfler who create wonderful classes).

Tests-Exams in Spring 2021

ZfA A1 age 8 or 9 in March and A2 age 12/13 to 18

NGA age 12/13 to 18 Level 1,2,3,4

ZfA B1/DSD I at least age 14 and C1/DSDII age 16

We come now to the first AATG NGA National German Exam for High School students, in which we participate already with 6th graders Middle School level.

We do testing early to reach level 4 one day and to guide the students early enough to a test system. Every student on each level will be prepared.

Out of this membership we hold with AATG students receive certificates medals, honor roll letters, can become members of the Delta Epsilon Phi Honor Society.

We can start as early as Middle School.

It is time to enroll our students for this German Exam by next week the 10th on Level 2, 3, and 4, Exam by End of January.

Level 1 students will be enrolled in January, Exam Mid April.
For all testing, I need parents written acceptance. We let the parents know by email about the upcoming Exams.

Teachers have a Conference about the ZfA testing every year and the Exam days are set by the Ministry of Education in Berlin.

Testing A1 Vergleichsarbeit

Students will be in 3rd grade-9 years old up to 5th grade 11 years old.

It is an official Test we turn in to ZfA Central Agency of Schools Abroad
It is about 10 sentences reading, understanding, and answering questions with right and wrong. Then we read a part and students draw the elements of the story. They write an invitation to for sample a Birthday Party with words given. We have a conversation with all.

Students get really nice certificates with stars.

Mrs. Roche will tell you something about the A2 and DSDI Exam of the ZfA.

I will open the Powerpoint.

We get clear guidelines on what we have to do to cover these Exams. We are all trained in it by ZfA.

I will then take over again at the DSD II of the ZfA, which we were able to compete successfully in the Thanksgiving week.

DSDII PowerPoint

We have the AP German Language and Cultural class where we have the exam on May 5th by the College Board.

All these exams cumulate in the Seal of Biliteracy in which our students will get another great certificate and medal to stand out of the crowd once it comes to employment or university studies. These students earn much more money one day.

What do you the parents expect from a School like the German School campus?

Seeking student programs and contests that can demonstrate a level of quality in terms of its educational value, its operation.

Accreditation ZfA, PASCH-net, WASC

We are accredited by the Central Agency of Schools Abroad ZfA in which all student documents are registered with the Culture and Education Ministry in Berlin.

We are accredited by Pasch net de. In which many institutions work together like the Goethe Institut, the German Academic Exchange Service DAAD, and the Pedagogical Exchange Service PAD of the Secretariat of the Conference of Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs.

We are WASC accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Schools and Colleges.

The Accrediting Commission for Schools, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (ACS WASC), a world-renowned accrediting association and one of the six regional accrediting agencies in the United States, works closely with the Office of Overseas Schools under the U.S. Department of State. The mission is built upon these beliefs: 1) a school’s goal is successful student learning; 2) each school has a clear purpose and schoolwide learner outcomes; and (3) for ongoing school improvement, each school engages in collaborative self-reflection and analysis to assess progress in achieving its mission, vision, and schoolwide learner outcomes.

We are members of the WDA World Organisation of German Schools abroad. This is our speaking tube to Berlin directly.

Benefits of German Language

Higher pay rate in employment and free university studies in Germany.
Connections to family and friends abroad. We had students who left us as parents got employed overseas.

Upcoming events

Sunday afternoon is the Weihnachtsmarkt in Old World under the CDC guidelines.

We do the Gingerbread house competition, which we do every year as a fundraiser.

Please, visit our Facebook Page. All Infos and news are posted. There are always extra quizzes or new vocabulary to learn.

Now your questions ……………………


Accreditation News – We reached a milestone!

Besides the accreditation by the ZfA ( Central Agency of German School Abroad) on November 2019 and Pasch-net on October 20th, we received on November 3rd, the letter to be accredited by:

533 Airport Blvd, Suite 200, Burlingame, CA 94010

Ursula Schoeneich, Principal

Dear Ursula Schoeneich:

The Accrediting Commission for Schools, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (ACS WASC) announces that the Executive Committee of the Accrediting Commission for Schools has approved Initial Accreditation for The German School, Inc, through June 30, 2024…..

We cannot be prouder of it as the “Visiting Summary Report” indicates the Strengths of German School campus:

“The German School campus provided a very throughout the initial visiting report, including supporting evidence. During the initial visit, there was the opportunity for meaningful dialogue with the stakeholders, observations of students engaged in learning, and examinations of additional evidence. The VC found many positive aspects of the program.

  1. The program has a highly qualified teaching staff who are native speakers of German and Spanish.
  2. The Director/CEO is very supportive of her staff, students, and families.
  3. A rigorous German and Spanish curriculum filled with cultural and historical lessons.
  4. Opportunities for students in the German program to take the German National Exam (DSD) and qualify to study in Germany.
  5. Strong partnerships with foreign language associations and the Federal Republic of Germany’s Central Office of Schools Abroad.
  6. Various internship opportunities for all language students.
  7. Many community partnerships in Southern California.
  8. Full Online Platform Google Grant Recipient.
  9. Google Grant Recipient to further ists growth opportunity.”

The purpose of the ACS-WASC Commission is to foster excellence in elementary, secondary, adult, and postsecondary institutions, and supplementary education programs. The Commission encourages school improvement through a process of continuing evaluation and recognizes institutions through granting accreditation to the schools that meet an acceptable level of quality in accordance with the established criteria.
ACS WASC accreditation is important because:

  1. ACS WASC accreditation is recognized worldwide.
  2. Certifies to the public that the school is a trustworthy institution of learning.
  3. Validates the integrity of a school’s program and student transcripts.
  4. Fosters improvement of the school’s programs and operations to support student learning.
  5. Assures a school community that the school’s purposes are appropriate and being accomplished through a viable educational program.
  6. Provides a way to manage change through regular assessment, planning, implementation, monitoring, and reassessment.
  7. The University of California requires a school to be accredited in order to establish and maintain an accreditation “a-g” course list.
  8. The United States military application process requires that applicants graduate from an accredited secondary school to qualify as a high school graduate.
  9. College students must matriculate from a high school that is fully accredited by ACS WASC to qualify for Cal Grants from the California Student Aid Commission.
  10. Schools want to assure quality to students, their families, and the public; accreditation status assures that schools meet at least the threshold standards required.
  11. Many public safety organizations require a diploma from an accredited secondary school as a minimum standard for their job application.
  12. Schools use ACS WASC to help them articulate with their partner feeder schools.
  13. Accreditation ensures to employers that graduates have successfully passed the requirements of an accredited institution.
  14. California charter schools must be ACS WASC accredited to apply for charter school building funds.
  15. Private, independent, charter, and parochial schools must be accredited to access California state student teachers.
  16. Accreditation is important to ensure that courses are easily transferred among member institutions.
  17. Some private individuals and institutions look for evidence of accreditation in approving school grants.
  18. Accreditation is an achievement that is used in marketing to prospective families.
  19. Foreign students must be enrolled in an accredited institution in order to be eligible to receive an I-20 U.S. Visa.
  20. The ACS WASC process helps schools increase students’ achievements through the continuous improvement process.

If parents would like to know more about German School campus, Inc and the road to success in foreign language learning and opportunities for their son/daughters,
pls contact: [email protected]


German School campus is now an official partner school in initiative PASCH

We are very proud of it.

Awakening interest and enthusiasm for Germany, motivating young people to learn German, and creating a worldwide network of schools are the goals of the PASCH initiative. PASCH stands for “Schools: Partners for the Future.”

German School campus is now an official partner school in initiative PASCH

PASCH is an initiative of the Federal Foreign Office, in cooperation with the Central Agency for Schools Abroad (ZfA), the Goethe Institute, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the Pedagogical Exchange Service (PAD) of the Secretariat of the Conference of Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs.

The initiative networks more than 2,000 schools in 120 worldwide counties, where German is a particularly high priority. The PASCH partners advise school administrations, ministries, and schools on the development of German language teaching. Second, experts from the PASCH partners supervise the schools on-site and support the expansion of German lessons. The exchange between international and German PASCH schools is particularly encouraged. The School Partner Exchange contributes to the development of school partnerships.


Wanderbus by Goethe Institute Washington

We had the opportunity to bring our students on a virtual field trip with the Wanderbus, organised by Goethe Institute Washington.

It was an amazing program in which German learning students could explore different activities on the following topics:

  1. Tourplan – maps of Germany and the USA (learn about cities and participating schools)
  2. German – Culture – Soccer, Wurst, Müll (don’t we all admire the German system of garbage separation…)
  3. German Science – DIY experiments with famous german scientists (air pressure, light, materials)
  4. German Games – of course, all language and culture related
  5. German history and politics – historical locations, messages from politicians
  6. Guestbook – students can leave messages for fellow students touring the bus after them

We toured for about 1 h and got then invited to the famous Kahoot game to compete with other German students in High School.

We did not do bad at all and rang 5th place out of 13 .

What an experience, what a fun class for our German learners.

We thank Goethe Institut Washington for this opportunity.

AATG outstanding award

Outstanding Senior in German Award

recipients are selected for their excellent academic achievement, exceptional commitment to the study of German, and participation in extracurricular activities related to German.

The student will receive a special certificate and medal acknowledging their award, a press release to distribute to local media; a congratulatory letter will be sent to the principal, and the student's name will be placed on the AATG Outstanding Senior Honor Roll on the AATG website. Only one student per school may be honored with this award. Available only to students of AATG members.


5 Jahre German School Campus Newport Beach

im September jährt sich der Gründungstag des German School Campus zum 5. Mal. Am Anfang standen die Initiative und die Vision einer Gruppe engagierter Menschen, die etwas bewegen wollten. Der Wunsch nach einem gemeinsamen Ort, an dem Schülerinnen und Schüler auf höchstem Niveau die deutsche Sprache erlernen können stand dabei im Vordergrund.

Heute erwartet die Schülerinnen und Schüler des German School Campus eine Schule, die den Schwerpunkt auf exzellenten Sprachunterricht legt. Der Fokus des Unterrichts liegt auf Weltoffenheit, kultureller Vielfalt und fortschrittliche Sprachbildung. Die Möglichkeit sich im Miteinander die eigenen Sprachen und Kulturen näher zu bringen stehen im Mittelpunkt des Schulalltags. Schülerinnen und Schüler können bei Ihnen erfolgreich die DSD-Prüfung ablegen – sie bringen damit jedes Jahr kulturell und sprachlich vielseitig gebildete Absolventen hervor, die für den deutschen und internationalen Arbeitsmarkt wertvolle Fachkräfte sind.

Ihre Schule ist daher ein unabdingbares Teil des Netzwerks der Deutschen Auslandsschulen, welches wie zuletzt vom Bundestag bestätigt, ein essenzieller Teil der Auswärtigen Kultur- und Bildungspolitik ist. Schulen wie Ihre stärken die Position des WDA gegenüber den fördernden Stellen und helfen uns dabei, auch in Zukunft Durchbrüche für das Netzwerk der Deutschen Auslandsschulen zu erreichen. Zu Ihrer beispielhaften Arbeit und zu Ihrem Jubiläum gratulieren wir nachträglich im Namen des Weltverbands Deutscher Auslandsschulen sehr herzlich. Wir danken dem Vorstand, der Schulleitung, den Pädagogen, Eltern, Schülern und Ehemaligen der Schule für ihr großes Engagement. Sie machen gemeinsam Bildung
„made in Germany“ in den USA möglich!

2020 Gratulation_5 Jahre Newport Beach

Gratulation 5 Jahre GERMAN SCHOOL campus Newport Beach

From the mushroom check to the path of the wood

Explore the forest Elementary class week 4.

In addition to the diverse flora and fauna in the forest, we also prepare the students for possible dangers, such as poisonous mushrooms. They will also learn about the good edible mushrooms, and with the help of a mushroom profile, the children will learn the individual terms.

Teil des Pilzes
  • Where is the mushroom hat? What is mycelium?
  • We talk about the term “symbiosis” Teamwork in nature, mushrooms as helpers.

In the second half of the week we discuss the path of wood.

Vom Baum zum Holzbrett
  • Tools of a forestry worker.
  • From felling wood to the finished piece of furniture.
  • Children name at least three things that are mainly made of wood.
  • What do exercise books have to do with the forest?
  • Students explain the terms sawmill and chainsaw.
  • For this purpose, we work with a worksheet, where the pupils put the respective work steps “from the little tree to the wooden board” in the right order.
  • “The four weeks with the summer camp flew by so quickly and our little explorers were such wonderful students that I really I like them very much.
  • I also had a lot of fun with them, as we cut, glued, did handicrafts, and created our own forest.
  • We made a big lap book board that every student can continue to use to deepen what they learned.”

Alexandra Wuerfler
Teacher of German Language

forest lapbook

Explore the Forest Elementary class Week 3

As a repetition in week 3, the pupils have created a forest lapbook. With this form of presentation, the children can work on, consolidate and creatively implement lesson topics.

The theme of week 3 is “the forest and its inhabitants”.
We differentiate between coniferous and deciduous trees, from the root layer to the tree layer, the pupils learn about the benefits of the forest.
The seasons, and who hibernates or hibernates, are there animals that are active all year round?!
Photosynthesis is an important component.
Behavior in the forest – the rules.
Eat and be eaten, the food chain.

The children are very motivated and engaged in their work. They arrange the obtained information in a fold-out envelope, which contains numerous glued or pinned inner parts, such as “Leporello” elements, compartments, or turntables, thus creating a clear and condensed presentation of the chosen topic.
The students work not only theoretically but also manually – many senses are involved. The children learn to research and design independently.


Kreislauf der Natur

3rd Week Summer camp – Seasons

This week we talked about what happens in the forest during different seasons. In the fall, trees lose their leaves. We read about the reason for that and why conifers do not lose their needles. In winter, some animals hibernate, and others do not. In spring, birds return from the south and mate. Early bloomers, like the Schneeglöckchen, appear to let us know that winter is over.

Kreislauf der Natur



We learned about food chains and nature’s circuits, wrote short poems, and discovered that the forest plays an essential part in many German fairy tales.

Poems “Elfchen”

Der Bär
Heftig und stark
Winterschlaf in einer Höhle

Das Fell
Leuchtet im Sonnenlicht
Es hüpft durch das Gras

Die Vögel
Die Würmer im Boden
Ich hasse alle Insekten


Forest 2nd week

Explore the Forest Kindergarten online 2nd week

“The forest and its inhabitants”

Our project “Explore the forest” challenges the students. The experiences they make are valuable and the learning progress is enormous. You can see how they become discoverers and analysts of their own work.

This week we have focused specifically on the birds of the forest, from their development, nest-building to the profile, and their use.

They learn to work independently, trying to work out the worksheets we provide them with. To do this they have to cut, glue, and write simple words.

In the second half of the week, we go to the heart of the wild forest world and start with the forerunners of spring-like snowdrops, wood anemones, violets.

In addition, the students paint and inscribe their respective flowers and learn whether they are poisonous or non-toxic.

  • Are these plants under nature protection?
  • What does nature conservation mean?
  • How beautiful is our forest our nature?
  • What does it do for us?

All these questions we work out step by step.

The pupils work on their forest projects as free work. For this purpose, they collect things in nature, e.g. in their own garden, parks, hiking trails, etc., which we need for our handmade forest.

You can already see how our wild forest world is growing step by step.
Every student always presents his found collectibles.