Last update: June 2019

Statistics

How many learners are currently at the DSK?

Total:  950 learners

260 Primary School learners (Gr 1 -4)
690 Middle and High School (Gr 5 – 12)
284 English stream learners

How many high school learners are in the German (Abitur/NSC) or English (IEB-NSC) stream?

This refers to grades 10 – 12 only:
German stream (Abitur/NSC): 114
English stream (IEB-NSC): 101

How many classes are in each grade?

Grades 1 – 4: In total, we have 4 classes. 3 classes are at DSK Cape Town; 1 at our DSK satellite school in Tygerberg.

Grades 5 – 9: In total, we have 4 classes. 2 for German stream, 2 for English stream.

Grades 10 – 12: In total 4 classes: 2 for German stream (Abitur/NSC), 2 for English stream (NSC).

What is the average class size per grade?

The class size average is between 15 and 25 learners per class, it varies on the number of applicants we are capable of taking in. 

Grade 1 – 4: 24 maximum
Grade 5 – 12: 26 maximum 

What is the number of classrooms at the school?

54 classrooms, in addition to the specially equipped rooms.

How many German and/or South African teachers are at the DSK?

We currently employ 83 teachers at the DSK.

12 German teachers are employed. They are seconded (paid for) by the German government.

71 local teachers are employed by the School Association.

Our teachers are a diverse group, coming from different backgrounds. Our teaching staff are native speakers of German or English, some of whom have emigrated here from Germany/Austria. 

How does the DSK compare to other independent schools?
  • Our fees are more competitive due to the subsidy from the German government, this allows for an excellent education at a lower rate.
  • High academic standard and achievements
    We have two graduation options:
    – The IEB-NSC (Matric) with German language diploma DSD II and a combined graduation NSC and German International Abitur. With the German International Abitur learners have the possibility to study in South Africa, Germany, Europe and many other countries (in total over 100 countries worldwide)
    – The NSC is the entrance qualification for South African universities, in combination with the DSD II study options at numerous tertiary institutions in Germany are possible
  • DSK offers similar curricula as to other schools
  • A broad range of extramurals, many of which are free of charge
  • Intensive German is taught from Grade 5 in the English stream

Facilities

What classroom facilities or special equipment does the DSK have?
  • Each classroom is equipped with a smartboard
  • New sports hall (opening Term 3 2019) 
  • 1 computer lab
  • 2 science labs
  • 2 biology labs
  • 1 sci-tech lab
  • 2 art rooms
  • A double-storey multimedia-library
  • Music Centre complex
  • Technical workshop
  • A fully equipped lecture theatre with a stage
What special subjects / courses are offered in the curriculum?
  • In addition to the prescribed curriculum for SA schools, the DSK offers German at a home language level and a foreign language level.
  • In Grade 12 the German language diploma DSD II exam is taken by all NSC learners. This is a proficiency certificate, which, in combination with the NSC, provides the eligibility to study in Germany (certain conditions apply).
  • From Grades 10 – 12, German-speaking learners and those who are fluent in German attend the German stream to qualify for the German International Abitur (A-levels). Most of the German-stream subjects are taught in German in accordance with the German curriculum (except for English, Afrikaans, Life Orientation, Music Appreciation and Art Appreciation).
  • English-speaking learners or those whose level of English is better than German will follow the English stream to graduate with the IEB-NSC.
  • Compulsory subjects: German (home language/second additional language), English (home language), Afrikaans/IsiXhosa: second additional language, Mathematics/Math Lit and Life Orientation.
  • Elective subjects: The English stream has a broad range of subjects of which at least 2 subjects need to be chosen:
    Physical Science, Life Science, History, Accounting, Business Studies, Computer Application Technology, Information Technology, Geography, Visual Arts, Design and Drama.
  • Additionally, they will be prepared for the German language diploma II in Grade 12.
    The school offers a Grade 10 and 11 NBT (National Benchmark Test) preparation course.
  • Remedial courses (Förderkurs) in languages and Mathematics are provided at no extra cost after school hours at school.
  • iPads can be utilised during lessons in all grades.
Which languages are offered at the school?
  • English as a home language
  • Afrikaans at first additional language level
  • isiXhosa as a home language and first additional levels
  • German as a home language and second additional language level
  • French at a second additional language level (this subject can only be taken from Grade 10+, this option is only available for the German stream learners)
Are the language teachers native speakers?

Yes, with only a few exceptions.

Extramurals

Which sports does the DSK offer?

Soccer, handball, swimming, tennis, dragon boat racing, volleyball, basketball, hockey, golf, gymnastics, cross country, table tennis, karate, yoga.

External coaches are employed (unless we have a qualified teacher).

Are there cultural activities for my child?

Ballet, modern dancing, debating, marimba band, chess.

National Academic Olympiads in English, Mathematics, Science.

The Music Centre offers lessons in piano and a wide variety of instruments, as well as in musical composition using the latest technology.

Are there social groups?

Yes, we currently have Eco Rangers, KIDS and Kinder mit Herz.

Special events

Sports Day, all classes participate in this during a chosen school day of the year.

Every two years a Sports Olympiad and Orchestra Festival with the other German schools in Southern Africa is hosted.

We also have an annual chess tournament, various music events, concerts and drama performances. 

The school day

Why are there double lessons?

Most subjects are taught in double lessons to enable continuity and greater quality-effectiveness in learning and teaching.

Is there a bus or transport service?

We hire a privately owned bus company service for our the school community.

We currently have busses which run to Table View, Tygervalley, Tokai, Hout Bay, Langa, Khayelitsha and Mitchells Plain.

What time does the school start and end?

Monday to Thursday: 7:55h – 14:25h 
Friday: 7:55h to 13:15h

Are there assemblies and where are they held?

On average we have assemblies once a month, it is usually in the sports hall or the amphitheatre.

Social Aspects

How do non-German speaking learners integrate with German speakers?

Bilingualism and integration are strongly encouraged in the English and German stream. All Grade 5 learners from both language streams participate in a weekly encounter lesson and in sports education together, this allows them to get to know each other.  English and the second foreign language are also taught in mixed classes from Grade 6 onwards.

Cafeteria and Tuckshop offerings?

Balanced meals are available daily with an emphasis on healthy eating.

Are there safety measures?
  • The school has a health and safety committee which meets regularly.
  • 24-hour security is provided, monitoring visitors, construction and vehicle access.
  • The DSK is fully compliant with the states safety regulations.
  • The use of uber is restricted on and around the school premises, learners may only make use of these taxi-type services when accompanied by an adult (+18).

Lessons

What is the medium of instruction? / What language will my child be taught/learn in?
  • Grade 1 – 4 in German
  • Grade 5 – 9 in German and English
  • Grade 10 – 12 in English (if English stream), in German (if German stream).
What are the differences between the English and the German stream?

The English stream
This stream allows learners to qualify with the South African National Senior Certificate (NSC) at the end of Grade 12 in the following subjects (some are elective/choice subjects): English, German, Afrikaans, Xhosa, Mathematics, Physical Science, Life Science, History, Geography, Accounting, Visual Art and Life Orientation.

The German stream
This stream offers a joint South African-German curriculum:

English, Afrikaans, Life Orientation, in accordance with the IEB (South African) curriculum (Compulsory subjects).

German, Mathematics, History, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Sport, in accordance with the German curriculum (Some are elective/choice subjects).

History

How old is the school?

The school was founded in 1883 by German missionaries

Costs / Fees

School fees 2019

R58 000 per year; or R14 500 per quarter.

Bus service costs

R13 500 per year; or R 3 375 per quarter.