DANK Haus Chicago Kinderschule was founded in 1964 and has been the leading German Language School in the Chicago-land area since. Throughout the years, the school has treasured and promoted German language and culture and served as a milestone for building a strong German community. The Kinderschule now collaborates closely with the Zentralstelle für das Auslandsschulwesen (ZfA), the German Central Agency for Schools Abroad, and is a member of PASCH (Worldwide Network of German Schools).
DANK Haus Kinderschule welcomes native-born German children spending time in the US, children of German-speaking parents who live permanently in the US, and non-native children who are motivated to learn German. Our curriculum is carefully developed to meet the needs of different types of learners and is aligned with the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) standards for foreign language learning and the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages(CEFR). Our committed faculty members deliver immersion language classes that foster intellectual growth and reasoning skills through fun activities and age appropriate projects.
Over the course of the school year, children in Preschool and Kindergarten will be exposed to an immersion language class that fosters intellectual growth and pre-literacy skills through fun activities and age appropriate projects. Learning topics include letters, numbers, family, colors, shapes, animals, etc. Kindergarten will ensure a smooth transition between Preschool and Level 1. In addition to improving their German language, children will learn essential social and emotional skills. Children in Preschool and Kindergarten classes must be toilet trained.
Both Preschool and Kindergarten classes are full! Please contact us to be added to our wait list.
Children between the ages of 6 and 14* (*cut-off date is September 1) will build foundational language skills by receiving valuable, immersion classroom instruction tailored to the individual needs of each child. Students are placed in Levels 1 through 8 according to language ability and age. Kinderschule bases its curriculum on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Level 1 welcomes kids from last years' Kindergarten or new students ages 6+ with no/very little prior German instruction in reading/writing.
|Level 1: A1.1||Level 5: B1.1|
|Level 2: A1.2||Level 6: B1.2|
|Level 3: A2.1||Level 7: B2.1|
|Level 4: A2.2||Level 8: B2.2|
Please reference our online Placement Test results when submitting your child’s application for ages 7+. These are designed to give us a first evaluation of language skill level and starting placement. Language ability and progress will be closely observed throughout the school year to ensure students are placed in the class that best meets their needs.
Our Placement Tests are designed to be a first evaluation of language skill level and starting placement. Beginning with Test 1, please have your child ages 7+ advance through the test levels as she/he reaches more than 80% with as little direction from you as possible. Please reference your child's test results when registering for the school year.
Our 2016/2017 school year is in full swing. All Wednesday and Saturday Krabbelgruppen as well as Preschool and Kindergarten classes are full. Please contact us if you would like to be entered in our contact list to receive information about registration for the next school year, registration is expected to start in July 2017.
The DANK Haus has implemented a web-based application system to streamline the registration process, which includes the option of online payments. Within 24 business hours of submitting your application(s) you will receive an email message confirming registration. This email will also include access information to the DANK Haus School Portal. Please note that this information will be time sensitive and temporary passwords will expire after 3 days. Therefore, we recommend you take the time to sign in right away to avoid the need for a password reset link at a later point.
By registering, parents agree to our school policies (covering withdrawal, refunds, media consent). Please take a moment to read them.
Please contact our Language Program Coordinator Anett Rollin with any questions regarding spot availability, placement and the registration process.
For Preschool through Level 8 tuition payment we implement two billing cycles. A first installment of half of the tuition fee as well as material fees (Levels 1-8) are due within two business days of your application submission. The second half of tuition payment is due on November 21, 2016.
We welcome families to visit us and sit-in during a class. This lets you see first hand how the class is taught, and allows you to determine whether the Kinderschule will meet your needs.
Office hours are sporadic. If you would like to speak in person, please leave a message at 773.561.9181 ext.2. We will be sure to return your call as soon as possible. In the meantime, we will be happy to communicate with you via email.
Questions about our curriculum? Please contact Language Program Director Dr. Miglena Nikolova.
For general inquiries about programming, registration and payment, or if you would like to be added to our contact list and receive our Kinderschule newsletter - please contact Language Program Coordinator Anett Rollin.