South Bay Area School

Christ Lutheran Church and School
28850 S. Western Ave.
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

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KINDERGARTEN / PRESCHOOL: 4 to 5 year old children who are introduced to the German language with lots of singing, crafts, and other fun activities.

UNTERSTUFE / BEGINNING GERMAN CLASS:  6 to 8 year old students who are not yet fluent in German. The focus is on developing verbal skills but initial writing skills are being practiced. The students are introduced to the skills necessary for the DSD A1 test.

OBERSTUFE / MIDDLE LEVEL GERMAN CLASS: This class is taught exclusively in German as the students are taking the DSD A1 and A2 test.


Our Teachers

Jennifer Rieg

Jennifer was born and raised in a small town in the Black Forest, Germany. When she was 10 years old, her family moved to Los Angeles. Jennifer graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in Psychology and graduated in 2015 from Loyola Marymount University with a M.A. in Elementary Education and a California teaching credential. Jennifer has been teaching for the South Bay School for the last six years and is currently teaching the Middle Level German Class. Since 2015, Jennifer teaches 2nd graders at the Goethe International Charter School.


Patricia EscalantePattie

Patricia was born and raised in Southern Germany and has been living in California for 20 years. Patricia worked for the German American Chamber of Commerce but has recently moved to Insides Sales. Patricia has a B.A. in International Studies and also studied French at the Sorbonne in Paris. Patricia joined the South Bay School in 2015 and currently teaches the Beginning German Class.

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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