German-American School
of Palo Alto

P.O. Box 50942
Palo Alto, CA 94303
(650) 200-3464

Saturday Class Location
All classes are currently online
only. We are looking for a new
home for our program for
the 2022-23 school year.




The Deutsches Sprachdiplom (DSD) is a collaborative effort offered by the Conference of German Cultural Ministers, the Foreign Service, and the Central Agency for Schools Abroad (ZfA). This program consists of two major parts.

  • Level I (A2/B1) qualifies a student to apply to a Studienkolleg at a German University.
  • Level II (B2/C1) is normally administered to students in their final years of high school. It is, according to the Office of the Culture Ministers, the certificate and level of German required to apply at a German University.

As part of this exam four subject areas are tested:

  • Listening Comprehension
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Written Communication
  • Verbal Communication

The execution of this exam takes two Saturdays and is graded in Germany by the DSD. The DSD evaluates each subject area separately and the student is then given a personalized language profile indicating the student's proficiency in each subject area.

Some costs may incur for this exam. The exam itself however is free of charge. For the verbal portion of the exam, students are required to travel to given exam locations to be tested by German language experts from Germany.


For those students who are able to and wish to sit this exam, GASPA is able to offer a DSD I as well as a DSD II exam preparation class. This class is in addition to our core program and takes place either Saturday morning or afternoon depending on the teacher.

Additional fees apply for this class. The exam itself however is free of charge.

No DSD I or II prep classes are currently being offered for the 2019/20 school year. Should you be interested in this exam, please contact our office.



Year # of Students
2015/2016 DSD I - 10 students passed at the B1 level
2014/2015 no DSD prep course
2013/2014 DSD I - 2 students passed

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We are looking for German Language Teachers at the Pre-K, Kindergarten and Elementary level for our German Saturday School Program in Menlo Park.

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