Deutsche Sprachschule Bloomfield, Inc. (DSB) in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, was founded in 1982 and reorganized to a Non-profit Organization in 1999. In 2007 DSB became an accredited testing school and is registered and supported by the German Agency for Schools Abroad "Bundeszentralstelle für das Auslandsschulwesen" (ZfA) in Germany.
In the 2020-21 school year, lessons were only held online for the first time due to the covid pandemic. In the meantime, the students and teachers have got used to this type of teaching and have learned to deal with the new media and to use them safely.
DSB will nevertheless endeavor to offer face-to-face lessons again from the coming school year 2021-22, but this all depends on available rental offers, among other things.
DSB has become one of the largest German Language Schools in the US.
Students are prepared to take the IVA1 and IVA2 exams (Internationale Vergleichsarbeiten) as well as for the "Deutsche Sprachdiplom" (DSD I and DSD II). When enrolling at a German University/Studienkolleg, a German Proficiency Test (DSD I or DSD II) is required in combination with an American High School Diploma.
Since 2009, the Deutsche Sprachschule Bloomfield, Inc. works in cooperation with the "Fern Universitäten" in Hagen, Göttingen, Riedlingen, Koblenz-Landau and AKAD Hochschule Stuttgart Germany, and supervises testing for different faculties in Michigan.
DSB Administrative School Team's (AST) members are comprised of experienced professionals and parents with educational backgrounds. The highly motivated and committed team members contributed to the school’s growth from 35 students to the present enrollment of about 300 students. The school offers: Music (Musikzwerge), Preschool (German Kindergarten), Kindergarten (Vorschule), German Grade 1-12, German as a Second Language (DAZ) Level 1-11, French and Latin.
The knowledge and experience of the DSB Team has made it possible to implement the successful concept of meeting the needs of German speaking students living abroad or at home.
The school employs more than 20 qualified educators, whose native language is in general German.
The DSB provides the students with access to an on site, extensive library with German books, games, CDs, DVDs, and comics for all age groups and is updated regularly. Most books are available for the German "Antolin" reading program available for DSB students through school.
Frequent seminars are offered during school hours for parents of the DSB.
Each school year, a DSB school picnic takes place in Fall. This event gives families, faculty and the DSB Team the opportunity to meet in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. The event is organized by a team of parents and is always very popular.
Once a year each class organizes a field trip. Popular destinations include: Detroit Institute of Art, Cranbrook Science Museum. They may also choose to go rollerblading, bowling or ice skating. This creates an additional opportunity for students, teachers and parents to socialize outside of the classroom.
Classes are held in rooms leased at Berkshire Middle School in Beverly Hills, which is part of the Birmingham School District.
The DSB maintains memberships in the following organizations:
German American Business Council of Michigan (GABC)
Association of American Teachers of German (AATG)
German Professional Women Association (GPWA)