Mission & Goals
Rilke Schule German School of Arts & Sciences is a K through 8 public charter school that provides an outstanding education focused on high academic achievement by engaging each child through an enriched immersion language curriculum taught primarily in German.
Our teaching focus is on language, arts, and sciences, fostering creative expression through drama, arts, music, and sports. With the support of parents and the extended family, our school creates a community, which is immersed in the German culture and promotes international awareness. Our school nurtures a child’s natural curiosity and cultivates life-long learning.
We believe in the following values:
Multilingualism is the norm in most of the World and we believe that children who know more than one language will be better prepared for life in the 21st century.
By exposing our students and their families to and immersing them in a new culture, we will promote informed, active, and responsible world citizenship.
We believe that all children learn best when they are known and understood as individuals. Each child at our school will be accepted and challenged in the manner that is most appropriate for them. We instill respect for the diversity of humankind by applying a social curriculum that is as important as the academic curriculum. This will include manners and etiquette.
We believe that children rise to academic challenges that are developmentally appropriate. We are committed to providing a learning environment that teaches and expects students to do the best work of which each student is capable.
We believe that at the heart of every vibrant school are involved parents, extended families, and their communities. Board members, faculty, and families share in the daily tasks and long-term planning that comprise the ongoing functions of the school.
We practice healthy living through nutritious eating and regular exercise in school. Please visit our Nutrition page to learn more about how we practice healthy living at Rilke Schule.
We are committed to the policy of “reduce, reuse, recycle.”
1. Students will learn to speak German fluently and will have a deep understanding of heritage, cultural norms and customs of German-speaking countries and use German to acquire knowledge not available to them in English.
2. Community Service – each child will actively be involved in the community to learn that helping others is part of being a responsible world citizen.
3. The school will have a financial plan to assure sustainability.
4. Students will have pen pals and e-mail pals in German-speaking countries. Regular exchange trips to partner school(s) will be made and the school will host students from the partner school(s).
5. Every family will be expected to fulfill a volunteer commitment to help the school with various needs. Families will also be involved in joint projects, field trips, festivals, performances, and similar activities.
6. Traditional holidays and festivals of the German-speaking countries will be celebrated.
7. The curriculum will meet the Content Standards for Alaskan Schools in all areas.
8. Performance standards in each subject area will be evaluated regularly in order to ensure continuity and effectiveness.
9. Students performing below ‘proficient standards’ will be offered tutoring for German and/or English subjects.
10. The school, its faculty and staff will collaborate with other learning entities to enrich the school life. We will work with ASD German faculty to develop an excellent German high school program to provide our students with an opportunity to continue their advanced German studies beyond 8th grade. We will work with members of the German government, the Goethe Institute and the American Association of Teachers of German to provide pre-service and in-service staff development.
11. Professional development and additional staff training will be emphasized during in-services, as well as on other special occasions.
12. Parents will be continually informed about student progress and school events through: newsletters, website, notes sent home, phone calls or e-mails from teachers, regular and special parent conferences, and the use of student portfolios.
13. Staff will be given the opportunity to improve their German through seminars in German-speaking countries.
14. Upon demand, the school will provide before and after school enrichment programs such as Spanish, Korean, other languages, drama, robotics, chess, choir, sports, and Legos.
15. The school will maintain an active recycling program and will participate in local, national, and international ecological and conservation projects.
16. Classes in German will be offered for parents and other adults who wish to learn German.