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Is the GLS a full-time school?

No. The German Language School Ottawa offers German courses on Saturdays as part of the Ontario Ministry of Education’s International Languages program in association with the Ottawa French Catholic School Board, the Ottawa Catholic School Board, and the Ottawa Carleton District School Board.

Do you offer classes for adults?

We offer informal conversation classes for adults but they are currently limited to parents of students registered in our elementary school program. However, adults can register for our high school classes.  Find out more.

Is there a membership fee?

We charge a membership fee of $150 for the first child, $100 for the second child, and $70 for all following children.

What is the membership fee used for?

100% of the membership fee is invested back into the school. We use it to pay for teaching, organize school events, buy equipment for the teachers to use, and to keep our school library up to date.

My child attends school in Quebec. Can they attend the GLS?

Absolutely, we have many students from Quebec. However, since the school operates as part of the Ontario Ministry of Education’s International Languages program Quebec residents have to pay a differential fee to attend the school. This fee is forwarded to the school board. It is $190 for the first child and $160 for all following children. Since this fee is already higher than our membership fee we waive the membership fee for Quebec residents.

Can I register my child during the school year?

Although it is preferable to participate in classes from September throughout the school year, you can register your child any time for the elementary school grades.

How old does my child have to be to attend?

Children have to be at least three years old as of September 1 to attend kindergarten. Children 14 and up should be registered in the high school classes.

Does my child already have to speak German to attend?

No – we have classes for all levels, from beginners to fluent German speakers. We take language proficiency (not just age) into consideration when deciding into which class to place a new student.

Can I get high school credits?

Yes – as part of the Ontario Ministry of Education’s International Languages program the high school classes count as credit classes.

What do you teach in the classes?

The goal of our courses is to help children and teens acquire a solid foundation in the German language in terms of speaking, reading, writing, grammar, literature, geography, history and culture.

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