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DANK Haus Chicago Kinderschule was founded in 1964 and has since been the leading German Language School in the Chicagoland area. Throughout the years, the school has treasured and promoted German language and culture and served as a mainstay for building a strong German community. Kinderschule 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 USA, children of German-speaking parents who live permanently in the USA, 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.

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Program and Program Schedule

 Wednesdays   9:30-11:30 Sonnenkinder (ages 3-5)
  10:00-11:00 Mäuse Krabbelgruppe (ages 1-3)
 Saturdays   9:15-12:00 Vorschule/Pre-K, Kindergarten, Pre-Level 1, Level 1-6
    9:30-10:30 Marienkäfer Krabbelgruppe (ages 1-2)
  10:45-11:45 Schmetterlinge Krabbelgruppe (ages 2-3)

Krabbelgruppe (Ages 1-3)

Wednesdays 10:00-11:00am Mäuse (ages 1-3)

Saturdays 9:30-10:30am Marienkäfer (age 1+young 2s)

Saturdays 10:45-11:45am Schmetterlinge (ages 2+young 3s)

What is Krabbelgruppe? Think playgroup meets German Circle Time!  In this fun and playful parent-child get-together, families gather for an hour of German songs & rhymes, play and fun activities introducing children (and sometimes parents/care takers alike) to the German language.

Vorschule/Preschool, Kindergarten, Pre-Level 1 (ages 3-6)

Wednesdays 9:30-11:30am (Sonnenkinder - mixed Preschool and Kindergarten group)                                                                                      Saturdays 9:15am-12:00pm (Vorschule/Preschool class, Kindergarten class and Pre-Level 1 class)

Over the course of the school year, children in Preschool (ages 3 and 4) and Kindergarten (age 5) will be exposed to a play-based 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. 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. 

Pre-Level 1 is right for your 6 year old that needs a more playful approach to beginning to learn reading and writing in German before joining the more academic Level 1 class.

Levels 1 through 8 (ages 6 through 14)

Saturdays 9:15am-12:00pm

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. For placement in levels 2 and beyond, please refer to our online placement tests (scroll down). For classes for kids ages 10+, please consider our Teen classes.

 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.

Calendar 2017-2018

 September 9, 2017
 Open House - Meet & Greet 10am-12pm
 September 16, 2017
 First Day of Saturday Classes
 September 20, 2017
 First Day of Wednesday Krabbelgruppe
 November 23, 2017
 No Wednesday Krabbelgruppe
 November 25, 2017
 No Saturday Kinderschule
 December 17, 2017 Annual Holiday Program 3pm-5pm
 December 23, 2017 No Saturday Kinderschule
 December 27, 2017 No Wednesday Krabbelgruppe
 December 30, 2017
 No Saturday Kinderschule
 January 3, 2018
 No Wednesday Krabbelgruppe
 January 6, 2018 Saturday Kinderschule resumes

 January 10, 2018 Wednesday Krabbelgruppe resumes
 January 31, 2018 First Day of Wednesday Sonnenkinder
 February 17, 2018
 No Saturday Kinderschule
 February 17, 2018 Open House - Schnupperkrabbelgruppe
 and Winter Story Time
 March 24+31, 2018 No Saturday Kinderschule
 March 28, 2018 No Wednesday Krabbelgruppe
 May 16, 2018
 Last Wednesday Krabbelgruppe
 May 16, 2018 Last Day of Wednesday Sonnenkinder
 May 19, 2018 
 Last Day of Saturday Kinderschule
 Aug 6-17, 2018 Sommercamp


The 2017/2018 school year is in full swing ... We are still registering for our Wednesday Mäuse Krabbelgruppe and our new Wednesday Sonnenkinder group for 3-5 year old kids!

Registration for our 2018/2019 school year will open throughout the month of July.  Please sign up to be added to our contact list to receive notification about registration for the next school year.

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.

Open Registration 2017/2018

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Placement Tests Levels 1+

Available soon ... we are updating our placement tests!

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.

  Level 1 Test 
 Level 4 Test 
  Level 2 Test 
 Level 5 Test 
  Level 3 Test
 Level 6 Test

Certification and Testing

DANK Haus Kinderschule students can test their language ability by taking the National Exam offered by the American Association of Teachers of German (AATG).  Additionally, students are offered the possibility to receive the Deutsches Sprachdiplom der Kultusministerkonferenz (DSD), which is an internationally recognized German Language Certificate.  Please, contact Language Program Director Dr. Miglena Nikolova with questions regarding our curriculum as well as AATG and DSD testing.


 Full Academic Year Preschool - Level 8 MEMBERS $700
 Full Academic Year Preschool - Level 8 NON-MEMBERS $745
 Full Term Krabbelgruppe MEMBERS $360
 Full Term Krabbelgruppe NON-MEMBERS $375
 Sonnenkinder (15 classes) MEMBERS $270
 Sonnenkinder (15 classes) NON-MEMBERS $285


For all Saturday Preschool - Level 8 classes we implement two billing cycles throughout the school year.  A first installment of half of the tuition fee plus full material fees (Pre-Level1 - Level 8) are due at the time of registration.  The second half of tuition payment is due on January 13th, 2018. Please contact us regarding payment in installments.

Material Cost

 Pre-Level 1 "Hallo Anna"
 Level 1+2 "Das neue Deutschmobil 1" Text and Workbook $90
 Level 3+4 "Das neue Deutschmobil 2" Text and Workbook $90
 Level 5+6 "Das neue Deutschmobil 3" Text and Workbook $90
 Level 7+8 "Prima B2" Text and Workbook $90


Contact Us

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.

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German American Cultural Center
4740 North Western Avenue 
Chicago, IL 60625

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Office: +1 (773) 561-9181
Email: Dank@Dankhaus.com

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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