Our school at a glance

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


About Us:

  • Established Saturday Language School for over 50 years in Silicon Valley

  • Very affordable tuition

  • Accredited and supported by the German Government

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

  • 30 Saturdays per School Year

  • 20 Class Levels from Toddler through Adults

  • Approx. 300 students

  • We offer AP & DSD preparation classes

  • Class Levels for Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced

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

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

  • 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".

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:







The Excelsior German Center


News & announcements

SBDS Summer Camp 2023

SBDS is offering a summer camp again! During the weeks June 19–23rd and June 26–30th, from 10am-2pm, our popular staff from last year will offer a great German immersion program with activities. Located at our SBDS campus and available to students from Age 4 through Grade 8. You can enroll for either week or both.

Questions? Check the flyer & registration form for more details, or contact claudia@sbds.org directly. There are limited class sizes, so enroll now! Email your registration form by April 15th to registration@sbds.org (photos are ok, let us know if you prefer payment by check or prefer Paypal, which adds a 2.3% fee).

Volunteers Needed

The success of our school depends on the hands-on participation of parents and members! Please check our Sign-Up Genius page for the latest volunteer opportunities. Thanks!

To learn more about volunteering requirements at SBDS, please check out our list of volunteer job descriptions (PDF). Thanks!


Donate now!

SBDS needs your help to close the budget deficit for this school year. Every dollar helps. Thank you for your generosity and support. For more information see our Fundraising Page!

COVID-19 Guidelines

Our campus will be open again on school Saturdays to all parents so you can drop off your children, visit the library and cake table during recess or meet each other, etc. In general, masks are optional for now, but please continue to take care of each other. As a precaution we may ask cake table volunteers and higher risk groups to wear a mask indoors, so do respect your teacher’s wishes. We continue to ask that your student will stay at home if tested positive or he/she shows symptoms and we trust that you will help avoid to spread any illness (cold, flu). Thank you!

Adult Assistants Wanted

SBDS is always looking for adult assistants to add to the team. These are paid positions open for grade levels K thru Teenagers. It’s easy and fun to assist the teacher & students in groups during class times, the teachers will show you what to do, but very good German skills, responsibility and occasional (in case you start as a substitute) to regular participation on Saturdays are required. If you have time on Saturday mornings, like to speak German, want to join an awesome team & provide real value, get paid and maybe show your own children & community the best in you? Then please reply or contact andrea@sbds.org and kerstin@sbds.org and let us know your questions & what class levels you could imagine to help with. Or spread the word, and volunteers are certainly welcome, too!

Studying 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.

 > Flyer in English
Broschuere in Deutsch

featured links

> 2022/23 SBDS School Calendar

> 2022/23 Membership Application

> 2022/23 Enrollment Process

> School Flyer

> School Campus Map

> Aerial view of School Campus

> Contact us

Non-discrimination policy
As a member school of GASANC, SBDS admits students of any race, color, sex, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, national and ethnic origin in administration of our educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship programs, and other school-administered programs.