Our school at a glance

Welcome to the Homepage of the South Bay Deutscher Schulverein (SBDS), a German Language Saturday School.

Some quick facts about us:

  • Well established Saturday Language School, just celebrated its 50th anniversary

  • Very affordable tuition

  • Accredited and supported by the German Government

  • Member of GASANC, the German American School Association of Northern California

  • 15 Saturdays per Semester

  • 2 Semester per School Year

  • 18 Class Levels from Toddler through Adults

  • Approx. 200 students

  • We offer AP & DSD preparation classes

  • Class Levels for Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced

  • Members can enjoy our extensive Library with German Books and CDs/DVDs for all age groups and for free!

  • German Style Brotzeit (Snack) Table during recess is a highlight every Saturday

  • Small Class sizes (average 12 -15 students per class room)

  • Experienced teacher from Austria, Germany, Switzerland, and the United States

  • Culturally rich and learner oriented curriculum

  • Conveniently located at the San Jose Christian School campus in Campbell, CA, near Hwy 17 Exit "Hamilton Ave".

Please come and visit us for a free trial Saturday.

Take a few minutes to explore our website. Feel free to contact us with any questions about our school and programs.

Our Sponsors and Partners:





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We thank our partners and sponsors, including  GASANC, ZfA, IBM, SCU, and UGAS. We could not do it without their help because our Saturday School can only exist and thrive through close cooperation with other organizations, like high schools, colleges and universities to promote the German language and culture.


A prime example is the long term partnership with the Santa Clara University (SCU), where students with a Major in German Studies assist in our classrooms.



featured links


> 2014/15 School Calendar

> 2014/15 Enrollment Form

> School Flyer

> School Campus Map

> Area view of School Campus

> Contact us

News & announcements

SBDS Member & Parent Meeting this Saturday!

Don't miss the the Member & Parent this Saturday, September 27, 2014 in the Auditorium from 9:15am until 10:15am!

Please take the extra time and attend the meeting! It is only ONCE a year and gives you valuable information about our school.

The children should go to their regular classes, the parents, adult students and teachers are expected to attend the meeting. The meeting is about 45-60 min. long, starting at 9:15am. The regular classes will resume after recess.

1st Annual GSA Heritage Night


Join us at the first German - Swiss - Austrian Heritage Night in San Jose on Saturday October 4th, 2014!

You are invited to watch exciting soccer: the San Jose Earthquakes will play against the Portland Timbers at the Buck Shaw Stadium at Santa Clara University.

See the flyer for more details!

The San Jose Germania Verein, the South Bay Deutscher Schulverein, the Swiss Benevolent Society and the San Jose Earthquakes are offering this event jointly. Don't miss this historic opportunity, let’s get all together and show that the German speaking community exists! We think it’s certainly a no-brainer to be there.

Some Highlights:
- A free special 2014 German Heritage Night T-Shirt for the first 200 ticket buyers
- Seating in the German / Swiss / Austrian Heritage section
- All attending kids will get to participate in our pre-game Rally Tunnel
- An exclusive post-game Meet & Greet with Quakes player
- A portion of the proceed will go to benefit various non-profits in the German / Swiss / Austrian community
- Ticket Cost is $25 per person

How to purchase tickets:
- At the SBDS Office during school hours (check or cash only), or

- Online via ticket type "South Bay Deutsche Schule" (processing fee might apply).

Please share this email and spread the word to your friends and colleagues, too.

Your Voice

We are planning to establish a permanent corner on our school homepage (this page you are looking at right now) where we would like to publish some quotes and comments from our students about our school.

For the first round we would like to get your feedback in just one sentence answering the question: What you like or enjoy the most at SBDS?

Please send your quotes to info@sbds.org.

Please read: When you participate and send us your quote, you agree that your quote and first name can be published on the SBDS homepage.

WWW.SBDS.ORG turned 10 !!!

It is hard to believe, but our school website celebrates its 10th year in 2014.

In Internet time, this is already a pretty  long existence. Do you remember what the Internet looked like back in 2004?

To give you an idea, facebook.com was launched the same year and so was flickr.com, myspace.com was just one year old, yahoo.com just turned 10, youtube.com didn't exist then and launched a year later and twitter.com came to life two years later in 2006.

We are looking for a Backup Webmaster for the school website. If you are interested, please contact info@sbds.org.

Volunteering @ SBDS

The success of our school is largely reliant on parents and members being actively involved. Consequently SBDS needs your help and participation.

Volunteer Sign-ups are ALWAYS available during recess time, through email, or online

Sign Up Now!

For more details about volunteering opportunities, please click here.

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you in the new school year.

Did you miss it?

Did you not see the announcements and news on the previous homepage, before it got updated the last time?

Click here to see the previous version of our homepage.

Studying in abroad in Germany:
"A good choice for your child"

We are pleased to present you a new publication targeted to foreign parents whose children want to study in Germany. Parents are often concerned about the well-being of their children abroad. This brochure addresses those concerns and provides answers to the 15 most important questions parents may have about studying in Germany.

 > Brochure in English
Broschüre in Deutsch

This website was last updated on 09/24/2014