Costa Mesa School

2017 GABA International Summer Mixer – Irvine

GASA School Directors Susan Metzler (Anaheim Hills) and Zoi Gatzaki (Costa Mesa) connect with businesses at GABA’s International Summer Mixer in Irvine.   And pose with the lucky raffle winner of a $100.00 prize towards tuition for the 2017-2018 school year!

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Christ Lutheran Church & SchoolCosta_Mesa_pic1
760 Victoria Street

Costa Mesa, CA 92627

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Our School

Welcome to the German-American School Association of Southern California, (GASA) Costa Mesa. We offer classes for children ages 4 – 17.

Our Saturday School classes are from 9 am to 12 pm on Saturdays. Our school year coincides with the public school calendar.

Our school has 4 class levels:

1. Vorschule | Kindergarten

2. Unterstufe

3. Mittelstufe (A1 Level)

4. Oberstufe (A2-B1 Level)

Our school offers the AATG test and also prepares the students for the DSD (Deutsches Sprachdiplom) for levels A1, A2 and B1 . 


Our Teachers


Annette Dörflinger

VORSTUFE: Our yougest students that cannot read or write yet. Introduction to the German language and culture with lots of singing,unnamed crafts and other fun activities.

Children under 4 years old are welcome to enroll after a 4 week trial period.

Annette is a native of Germany. She started substituting for two years in various classes at the German Language School in Westwood, NJ. After moving back to CA, Mrs. Dörflinger continued assisting at the GLS in Long Beach, and has now been with us since 2015.


Zoi Gatzaki (Co-Director and Teacher)profile

UNTERSTUFE: This class is for German beginners. Our focus is on verbal and written use of the German language, as well as cultural enrichment.

Zoi is a native to Greece but was born and grew up in Germany. She is fluent in German and Greek. Zoi has completed her “Mittlere Reife” degree in Sozialpädagogik in Bensheim, Germany. She started at our school in 2010 as a teachers assistant and is teaching the Kindergarten | Unterstufe class since 2011. She is the Co-Director of our Costa Mesa school since 2014.


Anke Secrest (Teacher)

MITTELSTUFE: This class is for intermediate students. In this class we focus on verbal, written and reading use of German vocabulary and cultural enrichment as well as preparation for the A1 exam.

Anke is a native of Germany and used to work at the American Air Force Police force in Germany. Anke is teaching at our Costa Mesa school since 2008. 


Dorothea Stratton (Co-Director and Teacher)

OBERSTUFE: This class is for advanced students and it is an all German class. In this class we focus on perfecting written and oral use of German. Individual preparation for a variety of exams, including AATG, A2 and B1.

Dorothea (Dori) is a native of Germany and grew up in Lübeck. She earned her Masters Degree in Education with emphasis on post secondary education from the Freie Universität Berlin.  Dori is a member of the AATG and ACTFL and has been teaching at our Costa Mesa school since 2010.  She is the Co-Director of our Costa Mesa school since 2015.

About Us

Multilingualism is the norm in most of the world and we believe that children who speak and write more than one language will be better prepared for life in the 21st century with its growing global economy. The best way to master another language is to start learning at an early age.

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