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The German School of Connecticut Stamford and West Hartford, CT Who studies German in Fairfield County? And Why?

Georgetown Preparatory School N. Bethesda, MD

Georgetown Preparatory School enjoys the unique distinction of being the oldest Catholic Preparatory School for boys in the United States. The first Archbishop of Baltimore, John Carroll, established the “Academy on the Patowmack” in 1789, continuing a tradition of Jesuit education in Maryland that dates back to the founding of the colony more than three hundred fifty years ago. That tradition has for its purpose the same goals that St. Ignatius set for the administration of schools: “promoting the full growth of the person which leads to action based on sound understanding and enlivened by contemplation.” We are celebrating our 225th year of educating men of competence, conscience, courage and compassion, men of faith, men for others. Georgetown Prep offers a rigorous, liberal arts education that encourages growth in mind, body, and spirit. As a boarding and day school, we foster a close-knit, global learning environment that challenges each student to achieve their utmost potential. Georgetown Prep students excel in academics, the arts, and athletics. However, at the heart of our education is a call to be men in service to others who will as St. Ignatius exhorted “ite inflammate omnia”, go forth and set the world on fire. By setting the bar high for our young men, we push them to be their very best. As a result, each year our graduates matriculate to some of the best colleges and universities in the world. Prep’s 92 acre campus features state of the art facilities including smartboards in all classrooms, a recording studio, and some of the best athletic facilities available. However, the learning environment at Prep reaches far beyond our front gates. Located directly across the street from the Metro Red Line, our students enjoy the benefits of studying in our nation’s capital. On any weekend, students can be found touring the Smithsonian, catching a Capitals or Georgetown University game at the Verizon Center, studying at the Library of Congress, or sharing a meal in Eastern Market. At Georgetown Prep, we shape our men into leaders that are prepared for the challenges of life and ready to meet them with reflective action. Brian J. Gilbert Dean of Admissions Georgetown Preparatory School 10900 Rockville Pike, N. Bethesda, MD 20852 admissions@gprep.org; 301-214-1215 www.iamahoya.org www.gprep.org/admissions

In 2012, The Boston Globe reported that citizens from many European countries were “flocking to learn German in hopes of getting jobs in Europe’s biggest and strongest economy.” This year, the German American Chambers of Commerce reports that “confidence levels of German companies doing business in the US hit a five-year high: 98% are expecting growth in 2014, 31% plan new product introductions, and 75% intend to hire new personnel in 2014. No wonder the German School of Connecticut (GSC), celebrating its 36th year at both Stamford and West Hartford campuses, saw a record enrollment last year of over 350 students… and plans for another record 2014-15 year. Founded in 1978, GSC is a Saturday school offering a dual-track curriculum for non-native beginners, and native or near- fluent speakers. Classes are held on two campuses (Stamford and West Hartford), ranging from Pre-School through High School and Adult. Students learn, improve and maintain German language skills while celebrating German, Austrian and Swiss cultures. Many GSC students realize the advantage of studying one of Europe’s leading languages: Some plan to split their future studies between universities in the US and a German-speaking country, others study to gain a professional advantage. Certain high school students have the opportunity to take a special German language exam, which can fulfill the language requirement for direct entry at a German university. GSC introduced these “Sprachdiplom” examinations in the US in 1982, authorized by the German education authorities in Bonn. Students may also get credits from local high schools, and can prepare for the AP German Exam, earning US college credit. Studying German at GSC is rewarding! Adults enjoy the camaraderie and friendship among like-motivated class participants. Toddlers and elementary school children enjoy hands-on modern teaching, along with singing, playing and being with their friends. Middle school and high school students enjoy special projects and cultural events… and all students participate in the many traditional holiday celebrations. GSC also embodies an international parent community: those from German speaking countries are joined by US and other international parents. All appreciate the services of the school, and the transnational atmosphere. Interested in enrolling or teaching? Classes are held from September to May – For further information regarding enrollment or teaching, please visit www.GermanSchoolCT.org or call Stamford at 203/548-0438, West Hartford at 860/404-8838.

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