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Seattle Area German American (SAGA) School

520 NE Ravenna Blvd
Seattle, WA 98115

(206) 442-2023


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A German immersion school offering programs Preschool - 2nd Grade. After school programs (academic and enrichment), Spring and Summer Camps, and Adult German classes are offered as well.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Teacher-Led

From the Director:

We honor and foster the creativity of children, love of learning and imagination by providing open-ended materials and opportunities for play and by teaching skills to help them develop and realize their ideas.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Language       more

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  • Tracing paper and other writing instruments
  • A well-stocked bookcase
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
Physical activity more

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  • A playground with climbing equipment
  • Bean bags, balls, and other objects that children can throw, kick, and play
  • Tricycles
  • Enough room for children to move around and play and a suitable indoor alternative to the outdoor playground on rainy days
Other subjects taught German language and culture

From the Director:

Additionally children are exposed to pre-math curriculum from Germany: "Entenland u. Zahlenland" and the Second Step Program (Empathy and emotional development).

Day in the Life

General School Mission

At our school, we believe that 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.

The SAGA School provides students with a full immersion German language program that fosters early language acquisition and promotes cross-cultural understanding. The curriculum includes group activities and exploratory projects, circle and story times, arts and crafts, music appreciation, numeracy and science introduction, and physical activities. Academic skills in the Kindergarten programs include fundamental reading, writing and math skills. First and second graders keep a 'foot in both worlds' as the program meets academic standards for Germany and the United States.

For children (and families!) who are new to the German language, we closely monitor their language development to ensure that they will have a positive experience and gain the German language skills needed to advance to the next grade level. In addition, interested parents receive additional German-language materials and advice to foster ongoing language development at home. The teachers and parents work as a team to provide the best learning support to your child.

We are a parent involved school and we operate as a non-profit. Our board works with various parent committees to leverage the resources and talents of our community in the school’s operations. We require that parents volunteer during the school year to help build the SAGA experience.

A Typical Day

For the preschool and pre-K programs, a typical day includes circle time, both directed and free play, arts and crafts, music outdoor play, lunch and story time.

For the kindergarten through second grade programs, a typical day includes creative play, math or science work, reading and writing practice, lunch and outdoor play.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

As a parent initiated school, we believe in parent/teacher partnerships for providing a cooperative learning environment. SAGA teachers maintain open and close communication with parents. For example, parent/teacher conferences are conducted two times a year and weekly newsletters are sent out informing parents of current classroom activities and German words that students are learning. Schedules, classroom themes and other general information is posted on bulletin boards outside of each classroom so that each parent has exposure to what their child is learning.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Parents in classroom early on

Handling Separation: From the Director

SAGA school teachers deal with separation anxiety issues in a gentle and compassionate manner. They use distraction techniques and comfort mechanisms (i.e. encouraging the child to bring a stuffed animal from home) to ease the child into the classroom routine.