Arizona Center for Germanic Cultures offers donation to German School Phoenix for Oktoberfest Volunteers

Here’s an opportunity to have a great time at Oktoberfest and also help the German School Phoenix. The Arizona Center for Germanic Cultures, Inc., sponsor of the Oktoberfest in Peoria on October 3rd, has offered a $400 donation to the German School Phoenix in return for clean-up after the event.
Six or more volunteers are needed. Clean-up shouldn’t take longer than an hour since AC4GC will have a clean-up crew roaming the grounds during the event. Volunteers may want to bring gloves, but other supplies will be provided. Please contact the director of the German School Phoenix at if you would like to volunteer.
The 10th Annual Old World Oktoberfest will take place from noon until 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 3rd, at Peoria Centennial Plaza, 9875 North 85th Avenue in Peoria. For more information about the event, please visit – thank you.

GSP Accepted into Languages and Literacy Collaboration Center

The goal of German School Phoenix is to be “The best little German school in the West!(TM)”  In business school you learn that the best, most successful organizations are dedicated to consistently high standards and make efforts to continuously improve their processes and services.

With that in mind, German School Phoenix applied for, and was accepted into the Languages and Literacy Collaboration Center (LLCC).  The LLCC provides a forum for language educators across the country to collaborate and share best practices.  It’s part of the Languages and Literacy Collaboration Initiative organized by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages funded through a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

You can learn more about the LLCC here:

SPECIAL SPOTLIGHT: Merle & Helen Pipho, GSP Founders


With the Independence Day holiday last weekend came much celebration of our national history and the founding of our country. It seemed a good reminder to celebrate the history of German School Phoenix and its founders as well.

In 1970, Merle and Helen Pipho became members of King of Glory Lutheran Church in Tempe after moving to Arizona from northeast Iowa. Merle grew up speaking German at home, so when church members expressed a desire to have their children learn German, the Piphos took the initiative and made that happen. That was 17 years ago, and since then over 500 students, both children and adults, have attended German classes presented by what is now named German School Phoenix.

Merle and Helen recently celebrated their 68th wedding anniversary, and this dynamic 90-year old duo shows no signs of slowing down. They’re still the first ones on site every Saturday morning to set up the classrooms and make sure everything is ready for classes to begin, and still play a key role in the administration of the school.   Their role in the school was recently recognized in an article in the King of Glory church bulletin that you can read here:

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