Our Preschool

Portland Kinderschule offers a complete German language-immersion preschool experience for children ages three (3) to five (5) years and who are potty trained. In certain circumstances, children younger than three may be accepted with approval of our teachers and school Board of Directors.We operate our regular co-operative preschool program from September through June, following the Portland Public School calendar. We are open Monday through Friday, 9am-1pm. Our children may attend 3, 4, or 5 days a week, depending on availability.In order to keep up with the language skills of other children in the classroom, we require all students to register for a minimum of three days of preschool per week.  Families are given the ability to select which days they prefer but may be limited based on classroom space availability.

3-5 Years Old

We welcome children who are 3–5 years of age. Children younger than 3 may be accepted with approval of the Board.

12 Children Per Class

Our class sizes are small so your child will receive individualized attention.

Balanced Curriculum

Focused learning times are balanced with indoor and outdoor free play so your child learns the language in a setting of fun.

Cultural Activities

We regularly hold special events and performances that honor German traditions and holidays.


Portland Kinderschule will be closed on holidays observed by Portland Public Schools.  Portland Kinderschule’s German language immersion preschool regularly holds special events honoring German traditions and holidays.

We invite all of our community members, including Portland Kinderschule graduates and their families, to celebrate St. Martin’s Laternenumzug, Nikolausfeier, and Faschingsfeier. In addition to our yearly celebrations, Portland Kinderschule schedules several field trips which are open to all currently enrolled students and siblings.

Typical Daily Schedule

8:40 am – 8:50 am

Parent helper (PH) and teacher arrive to help set up room

8:50 am – 9:00 am

Children arrive, PH helps children get jackets, backpacks off and hausschuae on, plays with Kinder

9:00 am – 10:00 am

Children have free play with PH, teacher has art/crafts with small groups, reads

10:00 am

Aufräumen / clean up

10:10 am – 10:30 am

Circle Time: Stories, songs, music, dancing, and lessons based on monthly theme

10:30 am – 10:45 am

Arts/Crafts related to theme

10:45 am – 11:15 am

Wash hands, go potty and have snack time

11:15 am – 12:00 pm

Outdoor play or gym play during inclement weather.

12:00 pm – 12:30 pm

Get cleaned up, go to the bathroom, do art project

12:30 pm – 1:00 pm

Wash hands, lunch and dismissal.


for the 2023-2024 School Year:

3 days/week = $447/month
4 days/week = $540/month
5 days/week = $634/month

Non-refundable Enrollment Fee for each child: $135 for new students, $115 returning student.

10% Sibling Discount applies to tuition rates for additional family members attending PKS.


Enrollment is open throughout the school year, provided spaces are available. Fall enrollment opens for new incoming families in March each year.
A total of 12 spaces are available each day of the week; spots are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.
Children are required to attend a minimum number of 3 days. Submit one application per child.
Each application must include a $50 non-refundable deposit. Upon enrollment, there is also a one-time enrollment fee required to secure your child’s space for the year. A sibling tuition-discount is offered for each additional sibling enrolled.
Interested families must complete a meet and greet at Portland Kinderschule before their child's enrollment is confirmed.
Meet and greets are by appointment; please contact us to schedule.
Families are encouraged to wait until their child is 2.5 years old before applying. Children must turn 3 by September 1st to enroll at the beginning of the school year. If your child will not be 3 by September 1, a teacher assessment is required and special determination made by the board.

Application Process

For The 2023/2024 School Year
Our Membership Coordinator is your contact for asking questions, scheduling a meet and greet, and assisting in the enrollment process.
Enrollment starts in March of each year for the upcoming school year. Space permitting, enrollment is possible throughout the school year and is evaluated on an individual basis.
Portland Kinderschule does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability, religion, or national origin. Portland Kinderschule does prioritize a family's ability and willingness to participate in and contribute to the language development and cultural awareness we value as a German Immersion Preschool.

Start by getting information about our pre-school. We look forward to meeting you! Please email membership.

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