Die Rasselbande Preschool was founded in the fall of 2003 as a full German immersion preschool cooperative by Heike Paulsen and Johanna Petosa. The cooperative then became a fully licensed preschool in March 2008. Die Rasselbande has grown from 12 to over 100 children and over 15 staff members.





 We believe that children learn best through play in a safe and nurturing environment. We see children as unique individuals and respect and respond to their individual needs.Our teachers’ knowledge in the field of child development provides appropriate developmental experiences and opportunities for each child through careful planning and observations of their group of children.The curriculum is theme based, yet allows for adjustments due to children’s interest or occurrences in our daily work. The many facets of language are interwoven through all of the activities. Die Rasselbande Preschool strives to help each child feel secure and happy. Each child’s creative nature is developed, enhanced and challenged. Children are encouraged to develop the necessary physical, emotional and social skills to become independent thinkers in a group setting.

Die Rasselbande Preschool is a German immersion preschool, where primarily German is spoken during preschool hours. Using gestures, pointing games, dramatization, props and repetition supports children for whom German is a foreign language.  To ensure the children’s safety and understanding, some English language may be used. All communication to the parent body and official records are in English. Our philosophy of the curriculum is a whole language, play based approach.


Kinderwerkstatt (Kinder Workshop)

Part of the House of Germany in Balboa Park. Kinderwerkstatt encourages and fosters bi-literacy in children by involving them in a program entirely in the German language. They provide a full German immersion program to children at various competency levels. They instruct children ranging in ages from 4 to 12 years in ability-based groups.



Der Kinderzoo is preschool-like program specifically designed for children that are raised bilingually, learning German at home while living in an English-speaking country.


Albert Einstein Academies

Albert Einstein Academies is a German-English immersion charter elementary and middle school.


German-American Societies of San Diego, Inc.

The German-American Society in El Cajon is famous for its Oktoberfest. It also offers German language classes, dancing and social activities.


Multilingual Children's Association

Your practical web-guide to raising multilingual children. Expert advice and real world wisdom with parent discussions, tips and articles on kids growing up with multiple languages. From birth through school.


German-American School of San Diego

The German School of San Diego is part of the German American School Association of Southern California.  Please contact Principal Doris Herwig for further information.


German Consulate General Los Angeles

Please visit the website for further information regarding questions concerning visa, passport renewals, finding a translator, a German school or preschool.


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