Founded in 1975, by Rosemary Dixon, Robert Briehl, Rose Fulda, and Hildegard Schieweck, the German Language School Halton/Deutsche Sprachschule Halton joined the Heritage Language Program offered by the Ministry of Ontario in 1979. The program later changed its name to International and Indigenous Languages Elementary Program. The German Language School Halton reached out to gather students from all over Halton helping the Program become the biggest among over 22 different International Language Programs.
The German Language Program running under the HDSB is for adults and students in Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12. Elementary and High School Credit classes are held on Saturday mornings, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. The elementary program is a continuous-entry German Language Program. The school year runs from mid September until the beginning of June.
The German Language Program is open to all who want to learn German and conveys sociocultural values and knowledge of or about the German speaking area (the global world).
With the Language Program being run by the HDSB the main objective of the Deutsche Sprachschule Halton is to facilitate the administration of the “Vergleichsarbeiten A1/A2” as well as the “Deutsches Sprachdiplom 1/2 (DSD1 & DSD2)” mainly for the Halton region. Participation in any of these lead to a German Language Certificate of the Central Agency for German Schools Abroad. It is an official German language certificate of the German education authorities certifying levels of knowledge of the German language in schools worldwide.