Concept our Secondary School

German International Baccalaureate, Realschulabschluss and Hauptschulabschluss

Welcome to the Secondary School of the German International School Dubai. In addition to the German International Abitur, we also offer the Hauptschulabschluss and the Mittlerer Deutscher Schulabschluss (Realschule). Uniform examination requirements apply throughout the network of German schools abroad and are monitored by the German Conference of Ministers of Education (KMK). 

The Secondary School I comprises grades 5 to 10. Grade 5 is the orientation stage, which is independent of the type of school. Here, a solid general education is imparted and important foundations are laid for the further school career. In grade 6, students are assigned to the Hauptschule, Realschule or Gymnasium. The different levels are taught together in a differentiated manner. In addition, student students choose their obligatory second foreign language (French or, under certain conditions, Arabic) in grade 6. From grade 8, geography is taught in English, and from grade 9, history is taught bilingually in English and German. 

At the end of grade 9, the Hauptschule students take the Hauptschule examination. If they perform well, they can continue their school career in grade 10 as a Realschule student. The examination for the Mittlerer Schulabschluss (Realschule) or for the entitlement to transfer to the qualification phase of the gymnasial Oberstufe (for students classified as gymnasial student) takes place at the end of grade 10 in the form of the Zentrale Klassenarbeiten (ZKA). Realschule students must also take oral examinations.  

The examinations are provided centrally for all German schools abroad by the Kultusministerkonferenz (KMK). Further information can be found in the KMK document "Regulations for the completion of Secondary School I at German Schools Abroad". 

A transfer from a school in Germany or another German-speaking school abroad to DISD is usually possible at any time. Please note that a change to an examination year is only possible with the approval of the KMK, which must be applied for by us.  

Please note: French is the compulsory 2nd foreign language at DISD. Alternatively, Arabic can be chosen as a compulsory 2nd foreign language under certain conditions.

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The Secondary School II comprises grades 11 and 12. They form the qualification phase for the German International Abitur (DIA). The performance of these four semesters is included in the Abitur evaluation. Classes at the DISD are also held in class throughout the entire upper school period. 

The school's goal is the globally recognized German International Abitur (DIA). The school-leaving certificate, which was developed individually and specifically for German schools abroad, is not only comparable worldwide. It is designed to meet the special requirements of a multicultural, multilingual student body. In addition to German, instruction takes place in English, so that young people acquire a high level of linguistic competence alongside their academic skills - skills that are more important than ever in a globalized world. 

Throughout the network of German schools abroad, uniform examination requirements also apply to the DIA, which are monitored by the German Conference of Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs (KMK). Both the traditional German Abitur and the DIA are highly regarded international qualifications. Equivalent to a high-quality certificate of national and international secondary education, the DIA enables student*innen to study in any country in the world. For more information, please visit the KMK website here

DFU - German in the subject lessons of the Secondary School

At DISD, student students with very different starting languages and German language levels learn together. To ensure that they nevertheless have the same learning opportunities, they are offered different learning paths in the classroom in order to achieve the class learning goals and to be able to fully develop their potential. Our teachers design these learning paths through didactic, methodological and organizational measures to enable personalized learning. This approach is not only established at German schools abroad, but already in teacher training nationwide and has long been a reality in most German classrooms.

As a German International School Abroad, we are proud of our linguistic diversity and accompany the multilingual development of our student students with a great deal of expertise and commitment. Especially the transition from Primary School to Secondary School is a linguistic challenge for which we prepare student every year. At Secondary School , language-sensitive teaching and the promotion of German in the subject lessons (DFU) already begin during lesson preparation. In order to differentiate learning paths, teachers draw on a broad repertoire of methods.

For the lessons, the student*innen are therefore not only set subject-related, but also productive and receptive linguistic goals. In this way, certain blackboard pictures, experiments, worksheets or exercises as well as linguistic aids and methods of language work are integrated into the lessons in order to convey subject content.

Through the development and use of appropriate technical language exercises (supplementary exercises, speaking exercises, writing exercises, reading or lexis exercises), the necessary consolidation of the learning material is ensured in class or as homework.

student*Students with increased language support needs receive continuous individualized support through the Showbie course "My German in Leisure Time. The German teachers in grades 5 and 6 work together intensively in order to exchange information about the support needs of the student students. To promote reading, various measures such as extensive reading or event reading are also carried out in grades 5-10. After all, if you read a lot, you also develop your language skills.

If you have any questions about our Language Promotion Secondary School , please do not hesitate to contact our experts:

Jessica Keck

Jessica Keck

Language Promotion

Stefanie Kerschbaumer

Stefanie Kerschbaumer

Teacher for DaF

Stefanie Altay

Stefanie Altay

Head of Language Promotion SEK