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German Embassy School Addis Ababa

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CurriculumsIB and German
Language of instructionGerman
Age RangeAges 3 to 18
Yearly fees (G7): 454,114 Birr
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Quick summary of key school information

Language of instruction German
Native German teachers
Extra languages (other than German)
Class sizes Average
Maximum 26 students / class
Extracurricular activities
School bus
Yearly fees: 454,114 Birr
Address: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Important notes about this school

DBSAA offers a comprehensive bilingual IB Diploma Programme where several subjects are taught in German or English language.
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Number of students


Number of nationalities represented in the school


Max. number of students per class

Kindergarten: 26

Does the school employ teaching assistants?


Native German speaking teachers


Language support for students not fluent in German

German as a foreign language

Additional language classes offered by the school

English from grade 1, French as second foreign language from grade 6. The school also offers Spanish or Italian from grade 11.

Uniform required


Entry evaluation for students


Brief description of entry evaluation required

All children applying for grade 1 must take part in a school entrance examination. This examination consists of several tasks in the areas of cognitive as well as social-emotional competences and motor skills. It gives valuable information on school readiness from a pedagogical point of view. This school entrance examination is conducted by teaching staff from the Elementary School in May.
If the lingua franca at home is not German, we will check the child's knowledge of German language in a language test. Prerequisites for enrolment in the school are strong capabilities of the child and German language skills, which are sufficient to follow German lessons. The language test is based on standardized procedures and is performed by qualified teachers for German as a second language.

Deadline for registration (new academic year)

Dates registration and enrolment:
Due Date: beginning of may
School test: middle of may
Principal's decision about admittance and letter to the parents: first week of June

Students can join after academic year begins

German nationals are admitted any time during the school year.

External examinations or assessments available

The school is entitled to award graduation certificates after grade 9 (Hauptschulabschluss), grade 10 (Realschulabschluss), as well as the qualification certificate to proceed to the IB-grades or any other secondary level II in Germany. The IB·Diploma is an international higher education entrance qualification.

School start time


School finish time


Supervised care before/after school

DBSAA offers afternoon care for students from grade 1 – 4 (with costs) and grade 5 – 8 (free of cost) Mondays to Thursdays from 1 – 4 pm.

Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

The school offers a variety of extracurricular activities in the fields of sports, music (band) and drama.

School provided lunches

The Cafeteria is open daily from 7:30 am to 4 pm and offers a variety of hot and cold snacks (sandwiches, pizza, croissants) and beverages (juice, water, tea and coffee). From noon, the cafeteria offers a hot lunch and one can choose from salad, a vegetarian and a non-vegetarian dish. The food offered ranges fom traditional German and international-continental cuisine to Ethiopian dishes.

Sports facilities at the school

German-standard gymnasium, a large football field and track & field facilities.

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students


Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

The German Embassy School Addis Ababa (DBSAA) is one of 140 accredited German schools abroad, which have been established by the Federal Republic of Germany in collaboration with a local school association in order to promote German language and culture around the world.
DBSAA offers its students a comprehensive education ranging from kindergarten to its bilingual IB-programme being an accredited member of the international network of German schools abroad.

Teaching approach of the school

DBSAA's vision is to prepare its students for their life after school as well as the challenges of vocational training, university education and a professional career. This takes place in close collaboration with DBSAA's parents and in a holistic manner. As a German School in Ethiopia, DBSAA teaches German culture and history while facilitating especially their intercultural competencies.

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