The Secondary level 1 introduces itself

Year 5 is the orientation stage, independent of the type of school. At the end of Year 5 the teachers make a decision at the end of the grade according to our concept of educational counselling and school career recommendation as to which type of school the students will successfully complete their school career. We are always in communication between parents and school to keep the learning, performance and developmental progress of the children transparent.

Please find here more on the career and school career counseling at DISD (in German).

From grade 6 on, the students of all school types learn together in one class. Internal differentiations and gradations in the evaluation standards of the school careers form the adjustment to the differentiated performance requirements of the respective school career.

A change to the next higher school career is always possible at the end of the school year upon written request of the parents. The school careers remain transparent until the end of grade 8 for “Hauptschul” students and until the end of grade 9 for “Realschul” students. This is regulated by the DISD transfer regulations.

From grade 6, French is taught as the second foreign language. In accordance with the local school laws, Arabic must be taken as an additional foreign language for grades 5 to 9. From grade 10 on, it is only obligatory for native speakers of Arabic.

From grade 8, geography is taught monolingual in English and from grade 9, history is taught bilingually in German / English.

The internship in class 9 and various events for vocational and academic orientation prepare the students for their future entry into the professional world.

In accordance with the school careers, the students  of the “Hauptschule” receive their “Hauptschulabschluss” at the end of grade 9, the students of the “Realschule” and Secondary School II receive their “Mittlerer Schulabschluss” at the end of grade 10.

This is regulated by the regulations for the completion of the SEK I at German schools abroad (in German).

In the subjects German, English and mathematics, the grammar school pupils write the central class tests in March for Class 10 according to the guidelines of the Conference of Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs, which are based on comparable works of the federal states.

The “Realschule” write two examination papers from the three core subjects with an annual rotation. “Hauptschule” students take a written examination, and one oral examination is to be taken in each case.

“Abiturienten”complete the introductory phase of the Secondary School II  by successfully passing grade 10. They then move on to the qualification phase.

A change from the “Hauptschule” to the “Realschule” at the end of Class 9, and a change from the “Realschule” to Secondary School II at the end of Class 10 is also regulated by the regulations for the completion of the SEK I at German schools abroad (in German).

Further information can be found on the website of the Standing Conference of Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs.