About GIF

The parents saw the writing on the wall. After several consecutive years of budget cutbacks for their children’s school, they decided to take action. A handful of committed parents joined together in 2001 to form the German Immersion Foundation, an entity that would raise funds to support two Milwaukee education treasures – Milwaukee German Immersion School and Milwaukee School of Languages. The foundation exists to ensure the high quality of these two Milwaukee Public Schools, where student test scores rival those of students from the top performing school districts and private schools.

German Immersion Foundation FAQ


Although the foundation funds cannot be used to support school operations, the foundation has been instrumental in funding crucial professional development for teachers, much needed equipment in the classrooms, and intern programs that bring native German speakers to the classrooms as part-time aides.

These initiatives enable the schools to maintain their high quality, and focus their budgets on employing high-caliber staff. The foundation is led by a board composed of parents of current and former students, staff members from both schools and committed community partners.

Teachers and Kids

The German Immersion Foundation, Inc. is not affiliated with either school or the Milwaukee Public Schools. See our Mission Statement and 501(c)3 status for more information.

The Foundation board members are parents of MGIS & MSL students, staff members of both schools and concerned community members.

The German Immersion Foundation, Inc. is not affiliated with the PTA or Governance Council of either school nor does it compete with these organizations. By being an independent corporation, the Foundation is unencumbered by any limits in raising or dispersing funds that will help our schools.