The Secondary School consists of Secondary School I from Grade 5 – 9 and Secondary School II from Grade 10 – 12.
Secondary School I (Grades 5 to 9)
After completing the Primary School in Grade 4, learning continues in Grade 5 on a gymnasium school level guided by German educational standards. There is close co-operation with the educators of the Stammschule (German branch), V-branch (English branch) and the New Secondary School through joint teaching of subjects or integrated learning groups.
On the foundation of modern and open teaching methods as well as differentiation based on competency, integrated learning takes places in our multi-cultural set-up. Subject teachers lay the foundation for foreign languages, natural sciences and social sciences. Sport and musical-artistic subjects contribute to developing well-rounded individuals.
If deemed appropriate for a learner and after comprehensive consultation, a change to the “Real-“ or “Hauptschule” is possible at the end of Grade 5. Such a change can be facilitated at the end of the second or the fourth term of Grade 9 in conjunction with pedagogical counselling and meeting of required criteria.
The Hauptschule-qualification is attained at the end of Grade 9.
The Realschule-qualification at the end of Grade 10.
Secondary School II (Grades 10 to 12)
At the end of Grade 9 learners decide whether they want to follow the Kombi Programme or the NSC Programme.
The Kombi Programme
The language of tuition in the Kombi Programme is mainly in German. The Kombi Abitur enables entry into German or South African universities. In order to promote individual competencies, a methodological curriculum is introduced from Grade 5. This paves the way for our learners to develop a broad spectrum of skills for independent learning which is a prerequisite for successful studies at universities around the world.
The NSC Programme
The language of tuition in the NSC Programme is English. In the NSC Programme, learners are prepared for the NSC examination as set by the Independent Examination Board. The NSC examination is the central South African school leaving examination after Grade 12.
At the DSP, this can be supplemented by the German Language Diploma (DSD II). The NSC in combination with the DSD II qualify a learner to study in Germany.