German International School of Silicon Valley


The Grrman International School of Silicon Valley (GISSV) is a school educating children from preschool to grade 12 using bilingual full immersion at sites in Mountain View, Emeryville and San Francisco in California. Students graduate the school with both the German International Abitur and the California High School Diploma.

First founded in 1999 as the German School of Silicon Valley (GSSV), the GSSV officially changed its name to German International School of Silicon Valley (GISSV) in 2003 to better reflect the school’s multicultural and multiethnic student body.

Currently, GISSV has more than 600 enrolled students at its three locations. Primary languages spoken at home by GISSV students include English, German, Spanish, Italian, Arabic, Korean, and Chinese. The school prides itself with its international outlook and mission to form ‘global citizens’.

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Fieldwork period

31 October – 20 November 2017