Our Secondary School II introduces itself

After a successful graduation of Secondary School I, students are transferred to the qualification phase of Secondary School II (Gymnasium). The qualification phase is organised by the state of Thuringia in grades 11 and 12. At our school most subjects are taught in classes, some subjects such as science and the second foreign language French are taught in courses. The subjects German, English and Mathematics are taught on a higher standard – similar to “Leistungskursen” in Germany. The other subjects are taught at a foundation standard (“Grundkurs”). All in all, students are expected to have a high degree of independence, which is also essential for subsequent study.

The German International Abitur Examination (DIAP) was offered for the first time in the school year 2011/12, which was followed by the German International Abitur (DIA) in 2018/19.

Future opportunities – “DIA“ opens doors worldwide

Equivalent to all higher standard graduation degrees nationally and abroad, it gives the students the opportunity to study in any country in the world. While it is identical to the German “Abitur” in terms of content, it makes particular use of the foreign language potential of German schools abroad: in addition to German, lessons are taught in English, so that young people acquire high linguistic skills in addition to their specialist knowledge – Skills that are more important than ever in a globalised world.

Globally recognised Qualification

The “DIA” (Deutsches Internationale Abitur) is a school-leaving certificate developed specifically for German schools abroad and is aimed at the special requirements of a multicultural, multi-lingual student body. In order for the “DIA” to be comparable worldwide as a qualified school-leaving certificate, standardized examination requirements apply from Kuala Lumpur to Montréal and are monitored by the German Conference of Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs (KMK). Both the classical German “Abitur” and the “DIA” are internationally highly valued qualifications.

Multilingualism enhances professional appeal

At least one subject – at our school Geography – is taught in the chosen foreign language and another subject – at DISD, History – bilingual. The percentage of the foreign language in the total bilingual teaching can be up to 50%. In this way, a very high level of language skills is achieved in German as well as in English, which goes far beyond the level of the usual foreign language lessons.

At the end of the sixth form, each graduate of the “DIA” is tested in writing in three subjects and in two subjects orally. In doing so, the “DIA” places a further emphasis on the communicative skills of the students.

High examination standard

The high examination standard of the “DIA” is guaranteed by the supervision of the German school authorities: the examination commission is chaired by a representative of the Conference of Ministers of Education. He or she ensures that the “Abitur” examination is conducted properly and fairly.

Further information on the organisation of the qualification phase and on how the “Abitur” examination is structured can be found in the Exam Regulations and in the Guidelines for the German International “Abitur” on the KMK website.