Last update: January 2018

How many learners are currently at the DSK? Total:  950 learners

Primary (1 – 4): 260
Grades: (5 – 12): 690
English stream: 284 learners

What is the percentage of German and South African learners respectively? German: 51%;
South African: 41%
Other: 8%
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

Number of classes in each grade Grades 1 – 4: 3 classes at DSK Cape Town; 1 at our DSK satellite school in Tygerberg;

Grades 5 – 9: In total 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)

Average class size per grade It varies, mostly there are between 15 and 25 learners per class.

In Grades 1 – 4: maximum 24
In Grades 5 – 12: maximum 26

Number of classrooms at the school 54 classrooms, in addition to the specially equipped rooms (see below)
Number of German or South African teachers at the DSK In total 83 teachers teach at our school;

12 German teachers are employed / seconded by the German government;

71 local teachers are employed by the School Association;

How does the DSK compare to other independent schools? Our fees are more competitive due to the subsidy from the German government, therefore providing an excellent education at a lower rate;

High academic standard and achievements

Two graduation options: 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 more 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 other schools;

Broad range of extra-murals, certain extra-murals are free of charge;

Intensive German is taught from Grade 5 in the English stream;

What classroom facilities or special equipment does the DSK have? 1 Computer lab; 2 Science labs; 2 Biology labs; 1 Sci-Tech lab; 2 Art rooms; double-storey multimedia-library; Music Centre complex; technical workshop; a fully equipped lecture theatre with stage.

Each classroom is equipped with a smartboard

What special subjects / courses are offered in the curriculum? In addition to the prescribed curriculum for SA schools, the DSK offers German at Home language level and 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), in which most 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 elected:
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 in Grade 10 and 11 a 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 home language; Afrikaans at first additional language level; isiXhosa as home language and first additional levels; German as home language and second additional language level; French at second additional language level (from Grade 10 onwards only for German stream).
Are the language teachers native speakers? Yes, with only a few exceptions.
Medium of instruction Grades 1 – 4 in German;
Grades 5 – 9 in German and English;
Grades 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 qualifies with the South African National Senior Certificate (NSC) at the end of Grade 12 in the following subjects: English, German, Afrikaans, Xhosa, Mathematics, Physical Science, Life Science, History, Geography, Accounting, Visual Art and Life Orientation.

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

English, Afrikaans, Life Orientation, in accordance with the IEB (South African) curriculum;

German, Mathematics, History, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Sport, in accordance with the German curriculum.

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

External coaches are employed for these extra-murals.

Cultural 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.

Social Eco Rangers, KIDS, Kinder mit Herz
Special events Sports Day; every two years Sports Olympiad and Orchestra Festival with the other German schools in Southern Africa. Hosting of chess tournament, music events, concerts and drama performances
Social Aspects
How do non-German speaking learners integrate with German speakers? Bilingualism and integration are strongly encouraged on both sides. All Grade 5 children from the English as well as the German stream participate in sports education together as well as in a weekly encounter lesson, where they get to know each other.  English and the second foreign language are also taught in mixed classes from Grade 6.
Cafeteria / Tuckshop Balanced meals are available daily with an emphasis on healthy eating.
Safety The school has a health and safety committee which meets regularly. 24-hour security is provided.  The DSK is fully compliant with the state safety regulations.
The School Day
Double lessons Most subjects are taught in double lessons to enable continuity and greater quality-effectiveness in learning and teaching.
Transport service Privately owned bus company services the school community: Table View, Tygervalley, Tokai, Hout Bay, Langa, Khayalitsha, Mitchells Plain.
School hours 7:55 to 14:25h Monday to Thursday;

7:55h to 13:15h: Friday.

Assemblies Once a month on average, usually in the sports hall or the amphitheatre.
How old is the school? The school was founded in 1883 by German missionaries.
When was the English stream introduced for non-German speakers? In 1987.
Costs 2018
School fees R58 000 per year; or R14 500 per quarter.
Bus service costs R13 500 per year; or R  3 375 per quarter.