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KiSchu: 2024/25 Weekday Kindergarten

  • Tuesday, August 27, 2024
  • 8:15 AM
  • Friday, June 13, 2025
  • 3:00 PM
  • DANK Haus, 3rd Floor


  • This fee is non-refundable, but will be deducted from the June invoice of the school year.


Kindergarten Classes

On weekdays we offer school to students between the ages of 3 and 6: The youngest can join our preschool, and the older ones go to Kindergarten.

Kindergarten (5yr/6yr)

Our Kindergarten program is a full-day small-sized program where learning is project based and driven by the children's curiosity. Students will deepen their understanding of the world in Social Studies, Science, PE, arts, language, and math, as laid out by the Illinois State Standards.

In this age group, we follow an integrated, Montessori-style, mixed age approach, where our Kindergarteners share a learning environment with the preschoolers for part of the day. For the other part of the day, our Kindergarteners are taught by a dedicated Kindergarten teacher in all subjects according to the Illinois Education Standards.

Kinderschule also nurtures physical well-being, through frequent trips to the playground or walks in the neighborhood (weather permitting) and physical education in the DANK Haus. Additionally, our students will venture on field trips that round out the projects they have been working on. Past field trips have been to the Zoo, museums, community centers, and more.

After graduating the weekday preschool and kindergarten, we offer our Community Based Heritage Learning School on Saturdays to maintain our students' German.  

Diversity and Gender Norms

At our Haus we strive to be respectful and inclusive, and while the German language has a rigid binary structure, we are aware of the implications of these norms, and aspire to teach our children a more inclusive way of using these structures. And although there are limitations to what the language allows grammatically, please let us know directly if you or your child(ren) have a preferred noun and/or pronoun you and/or your child would like to be addressed with.

Times and Costs Overview

Time Type Cost per month
7:30-8:30 Before Care $169
8:30-12pm Half Day $716
8:30-3pm Full Day $1,103
3-4pm After Care I $169
4-5pm After Care II $169

Drop-In Before or After Care is available at $11.50/hour.

Additionally, there is a one time $110 field trip fee which will be billed during the first invoice. This covers all field trip related costs throughout the school year, from chartering buses to entrance fees and more.

Cost are billed monthly, due on the 1st of the month September through June.

Please contact us for alternative payment schedules, we want to work with you to find a solution.

Sibling Discount: 7% per year for each additional child.


Please pay a one time $500 application fee when registering. This fee will be deducted from the June invoice of the school year, and is non-refundable. Parents withdrawing before the end of the school year will forfeit the deposit.

Once registrations are complete, we will reach out to our new class with additional registration information and medical forms.  Please note that priority will be given to current Kinderschule students and siblings, waitlist families, and full-day applicants over half-day applicants.

Please contact us at if you would like to schedule a tour, or if you have any questions or concerns. 

Payment must be received within 15 minutes of registration to avoid automatic cancellation of your registration. Please reach out to us if you have any questions!

German American Cultural Center 

4740 North Western Ave. 
Chicago, IL 60625

DANK Haus German American Cultural Center is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

DANK Haus German American Cultural Center does not discriminate based on race, color, sexuality, national origin, sex, disability or age.

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Phone: +1 (773) 561-9181

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