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Elementary

Our elementary school program is built on research-based theory, best practices, and is delivered in an environment that invites children to try new things and express themselves.

Program At-a-Glance

  • Kindergarten through 5th Grade
  • Focus on Washington State & German Curriculum Standards
  • Schedule: Mon-Fri 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

At the SAGA School we believe children learn best through playing, exploring and engaging in hands-on activities while forming positive relationships with children and adults in the world around them.

Previous exposure to the German language is highly recommended for incoming Kindergarten students and required for students grade one or higher. However, since our students come from a wide variety of different language and cultural backgrounds, we provide individualized student support by forming collaborative relationships between the school, teachers and the families.

Curriculum

The Elementary School curricular goals are organized into Kompetenzbereiche (competency areas) as is common practice in Germany, while meeting, and often exceeding, Washington State Standards. Beginning with Math, German, Science, and Social Studies, students are challenged to develop their understanding of basic concepts and awaken a passion for learning that will accompany them throughout their developmental years.

Daily Schedule

Kindergarten meets Monday through Friday for a full day program from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. In accordance with Washington State Public School policy, Kindergarten students must be 5 years old on or before August 31st of the year they enter Kindergarten. If you are interested in testing early into Kindergarten, please check your local public school system for information.

First through fifth grade meets Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Due to the low student-teacher ratio, students benefit from individualized attention and a personalized curriculum. The multi-age classroom encourages a strong community where older children serve as models for their younger classmates. Younger children tend to develop independence more quickly because of the assistance of an older "buddy" in the group. While being exposed to models of positive social, emotional, physical and intellectual behavior, our younger students also benefit from the stimulation of a wider range of interests, personalities and abilities.

A typical school day includes a well balanced blend of academic studies and self-enrichment activities.

9:00

School Day Begins / Arrival / Greeting and Morning Circle

9:15

Core Subjects (Math, German, English starting at 1st Grade)

11:00

Lunch and Recess

12:00

Core Subjects (Math, English starting at 1st Grade)

1:00

Recess

1:30

Home room/ Check in

1:50

Projects / PE / Art / Music /Class Council

3:15

School Day Ends

Current Families

Re-enrollment information will be emailed to you and included in the parent portal.

Important Dates

Aug 30

Meet the Teachers

Aug 31

First Day of School

Nov 23 - 25

Thanksgiving Break

Dec 19 - Jan 2

Winter Break

Jan 31

End of Semester 1

Feb 20 - 24

Mid-Winter Break

Apr 10 - 14

Spring Break

Jun 16

End of Semester 2

Teachers
Photos
Artwork inspired by Artist Wayne Thiebaud
Elementary Art Project
Arts and Crafts
Study Time
Creativity
Cultural Celebrations
Spass in Wald
Artwork inspired by Artist Wayne Thiebaud

Es ist nicht nur die Schule, sondern das gesamte gesellschaftliche und soziale Umfeld, dass den Reiz von SAGA ausmacht.

Gregor Tatsios, SAGA Alumni parent

We chose SAGA because of the balance between language immersion, a curriculum based approach and the obvious attention to detail. We have not yet been disappointed!

Stacey Wiggins, Current SAGA Elementary parent

...the school is so much more than "just a" German immersion school. SAGA feels like an extension of our family and is such a creative, healthy, loving, caring, fun and motivating place for my daughter.

Annette Veihelmann, SAGA Alumni parent

Es ist nicht nur die Schule, sondern das gesamte gesellschaftliche und soziale Umfeld, dass den Reiz von SAGA ausmacht.

Gregor Tatsios, SAGA Alumni parent

Frequently Asked Questions

Previous exposure to the German language is not required for preschool students. Previous German is highly recommended for students enrolled in Kindergarten and required for students Grade 1 or higher.

Our teachers strive for 100% total German immersion and only speak English in the rare case that a child is in distress and can not be comforted using the German language. However, our elementary aged students (1st Grade and above) receive English lessons, from an English teacher, as part of their curriculum. The number of hours of English instruction varies based on grade level.

The Kindergarten curriculum is primarily German in focus. We have found that kindergarten children are particularly savvy in pointing out the differences between English letter sounds and German letter sounds. This happens frequently when the children are learning the letter sounds as well as learning to read in German. Often a child pronounces the letter "E" or "J" for example with the English pronunciation. Our teacher uses these instances as "teachable moments" where knowledge of both English and German language skills is reinforced.

For the current school year tuition rates, please view our Tuition & Enrollment page. For information about financial aid opportunities, please visit our Financial Aid page.

Most of the teaching materials are all brought from Germany and include:

  • ABC der Tiere (German) and children make their own books as well.
  • Zahlenbuch (Math) and Antolin, an on-line reading process for learning to read and write.
  • Individual Federmaeppchen, very typical of what is used by many German school children is provided for our Elementary School Students. And of course all the other materials for sensory exploration, gross and small motor skill development, dramatic and imaginative play, etc. that are available to our preschool class are also used by the elementary program, where appropriate.

And of course all the other materials for sensory exploration, gross and small motor skill development, dramatic and imaginative play, etc. that are available to our preschool class are also used by the elementary program, where appropriate.

Since the teacher/student ratio is low, the teacher is able to meet most (special) needs right away. This includes children's desires to drive the curriculum, need for 1:1 attention and playing extra games with a student to practice the child's skills.

One of the most effective ways to deal with this is by pairing children up to work on a common goal, employing each child's strengths and weaknesses. For example: in a matching exercise picture to letter, a child who knows their letters, but has a limited German vocabulary may be paired with a child who knows a lot of German words, but is still mastering letter recognition.

In everyday situations, the teacher adjusts their teaching style to the child's unique ability (speaking slower, using more pictures, examples, gestures, etc.)

All parents are asked at the beginning of the school year what they expect from our program. The teacher then works to strike a balance between the child's abilities, the parent's expectations, and the school's philosophy.

SAGA alumni successfully integrate into both American and German-speaking countries’ primary education systems. The biggest adjustment students will likely face in starting American public school is that they will be the "new student". Most students will have already had at least one year to "learn the ropes" of public school. SAGA School graduates will most likely adjust to a larger class, a longer day and a greater amount of academic time. It is a big change, but one that students adapt to relatively quickly.

SAGA : Seattle Area German American School

11010 Greenwood Ave N
Seattle, WA 98133
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