The Tri-State German-American School was started in 1968 by native Germans in Cincinnati. The primary goal of these founders was to have a way to preserve their cultural heritage so that it could be passed along to their American born children.
The 1995-1996 school year saw the largest class ever assembled, over 250 students, ranging in age from four to 80 years. There were fifteen classes, including beginners, conversational, intermediate and advanced, ranging from Kindergarten through Zertificat Deutsch. Some classes concentrate on conversation and others on grammar. One class focuses on current events and discussions of cultural topics.
Helga Bucher, Principal, and Christel Leuker, Assistant Principal, provide direction to the teachers, many of whom are native Germans. A nine member Board of Directors, with Elmer Grossheim as president, guides the school.
It is not uncommon to see a parent (or both parents) escorting one, two or more children to class each Saturday. The Kaffee Pause after the first hour of class has a real family feeling, as children and adults balance their refreshments and the mill about chatting with their fellow students and friends.
Under the direction of the late Mrs. Auguste Kent, the Tri-State German-American School has developed a fun, family atmosphere of learning that keeps students and alumni together long after the classroom doors close. They seem to always find friends and supporters to meet at any German social event in Greater Cincinnati and around the Tri-State.