Prospective Parents

  • Rilke Schule is a tuition-free K-8th grade Charter school that is part of the Anchorage School District. Charter schools offer alternative teaching methods or curricula different from regular public schools. In our case, students are immersed in the German language for half of the school day. School year 2015-2016 will be our ninth year of operation. If you have any questions about our program, please call us at (907) 742-0900 or send us an e-mail at



    See our pages under Admissions and Registration Information to learn how to enter the Anchorage School District Lottery for Rilke Schule.



    Our parent handbook is a more in-depth publication that spells out the school's mission, vision, goals, curriculum, and policies.



    Interested in Rilke Schule? You are welcome to come and have a tour of our school. Please call the school at 742-0900 and set up an appointment. Individual tours are preferred as large groups disrupt students and teachers.



    You can learn about before and after school activities at Rilke Schule on our School Clubs and Activities web page.



    Our parent volunteer organization, the Rilke Schule Verein, sends out a weekly email newsletter with news and events about Rilke Schule on Wednesday afternoon. To join the email newsletter, just send an email to and ask to be put on the newsletter mailing list.




    • We made the grade!  Rilke Schule has passed its AYP testing every year, and for the past two years has been rated five out of five stars with the new rating system.
    • Rilke Schule is officially recognized by, and has received financial support from the German government.
    • Uniqueness: The entire school (ALL students, faculty, and staff) participates in the immersion into the German language and culture and the program spans elementary and middle school.
    • Learning a foreign language develops basic skills such as communication, listening, and memory, which are beneficial for your child’s English language development.
    • Rilke Schule has had the pleasure of hosting numerous native German education major interns so far through a wonderful organization called 'The Amity Institute'. Having native German speakers volunteer in the classrooms is a great benefit to our students.
    • We celebrate major German holidays and traditions. For example, the students build lanterns in November for our annual lantern walk (St. Martinstag), and St. Nikolaus visits school to fill the children's boots on St. Nikolaustag.
    • Rilke Schule has two partner schools in Germany: the Schiller Schule in Sachsenhausen (Frankfurt), and the Rabanus-Maurus Gymnasium in Fulda. Rilke students have the opportunity to develop friendships with pen/e-mail pals and the upper grades can participate in an exchange program.
    • SamstagsSchule - Saturday German Classes are offered in the evenings for parents and community members who want to learn or are interested in the German language.