Program Overview 2023/24

Overbrook (in-person)

o for German-speaking children
o 1-year-old to 7th graders (2023/24)
o up to 10-11 participants per group 

o Thursdays, 4.30-6pm

o 30 weeks

o course descriptions here


Students from 8th grade onwards (2023/24) may enroll for classes in Overbrook but will be mixed with younger students. The majority of our older students participate in our online classes.



Online classes

o for German-speaking students
o grade 5 grade & onwards (2023/24)
o 4-7 participants
o Wednesdays, 4.15-5.15pm (grades 5-7)*, Schlaue Füchse 1

o Wednesdays, 5.30-6.30pm (grades 7-9)*, Schlaue Füchse 2

o 30 weeks

o course description here


*7th graders should communicate which time slot works best for them. Best to send a note with the enrollment form.



AP Prep PLUS Kurs

o online class via Zoom
o for German-speaking students
o grade 9 & onwards (2023/24)
o 4-7 participants
o (presumably) Wednesdays, 5.30-6.45pm

o 30 weeks
o course description & important AP exam registration information here.



Einsteiger – German for Beginners
o online class via Zoom
o for students interested in learning German
o grade 3 & onwards (2023/24)
o 4-7 participants
o Tuesdays, 4.15-5.15pm (advanced beginners)**
o Thursdays, 4.15-5.15pm (beginners, grade 3 and older) 

o Thursdays, 5.30-6.30pm (beginners, grade 6 and older)

o 30 weeks

o course description here


** Einsteiger - German for Beginners (advanced beginners): For returning students from Kirsten's 2022/23 class or more advances students entereing grade 5 & onwards.



Waldkindergarten for German-speaking families
o parent-child class

o for 3 to 6-year-olds

o 5-10 participants
o Saturdays
o 10.00-11.30am/12pm

o 8 weeks

o offered in the fall and in the springtime

o course description here




Changes reserved

These are dependent on enrollment, availability of teachers and rooms in Overbook. Thank you for your understanding!




Feel free to reach out if you have any further questions!


Our Mission


Phillykinder is a bilingual community that brings together families in the Greater Philadelphia area to build German language friendships and celebrate events of shared cultural interest.


A non-profit language enrichment program, PhillyKinder provides an interactive experience for all language levels through an original and engaging curriculum.


Deutsch mit Spiel und Spaß!




Who we are


PhillyKinder offers 

  • weekly in-person classes for German-speaking children
  • weekly online classes for German-speaking children & teens
  • weekly online classes for German Beginners (small group instruction)
  • a German summer camp 
  • several time/year playgroup at the German Society of Pennsylvania


Our primary goal is to provide a supportive learning program for children being raised bilingual by fostering the development of their German language skills through interactive learning in age-appropriate groups. Lessons are conducted exclusively in German.


Language and culture are taught with a practical orientation and
experienced through all the senses. Group activities supplement general instruction and play a significant role in promoting a sense of community among the children. Older age groups also practice their written language skills. Lessons in each class are provided by an experienced German-speaking instructor with the help of an adult or adolescent teacher's aide.


Through all of its work, PhillyKinder sees itself as a community that brings together (bilingual) families in the Greater Philadelphia area.

Board of Directors:


President: Adrienne Frangakis

Vice President: Moritz Ritter

Secretary: Kirstin Patragnoni-Sauter

Treasurer: Ulf Timme


Board members:

Jessica Tremblay

Thorsten Drautzburg

Petra Goedde

Hajo Oltmanns

Anne Lena Traub



Anja Hilliard (Program Director, non-voting)

Birgit Splitt (Program Director, non-voting)




Overbrook Presbyterian Church

6376 City Ave

Philadelphia, PA 19151

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