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Cape Town
German and South African curriculums
Bilingual
Ages 6 to 18

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CurriculumsGerman and South African
Languages of instructionEnglish and German
Age RangeAges 6 to 18
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Quick summary of key school information

Language of instruction English and German
Native English and German teachers
Extra languages (other than English and German)
Class sizes Average 21 students / class
Maximum 27 students / class
Extracurricular activities
School bus
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Yearly fees: from: R 64,350
to: R 64,350
Address: 28 Bay View, Tamboerskloof, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa

The school offers German and English stream.
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Number of students

930

Number of nationalities represented in the school

+/- 40

Most common nationality

South African and German

Ratio of local students to international students

49% South African : 46% German : 5% international

Max. number of students per class

Grades 1-4: 24
Grades 5-12: 27

Average number of students per class

Between 15 and 27

Does the school employ teaching assistants?

Yes

Native English and German speaking teachers

Yes

Language support for students not fluent in English and German

Yes

Additional language classes offered by the school

Afrikaans, isiXhosa, French

Use of technology in the classroom

All classrooms are fitted with interactive Smartboards. iPads are also utilised
during lessons while laptops and computers are freely available to all learners in
the school's modern, two-storey multi-media library.

Is the school ready to use virtual classrooms when needed? (e.g. teaching lessons online if the school is closed, e.g. during COVID-19 closures)

Yes, the DSK has a new communication system and is well equipped for e-learning.

Do teachers assign homework to their students?

Yes

Approximate hours of homework given

It depends on the individual teacher and age of the learner

Uniform required

Yes

Waiting list

For the English Grade 5 intake, we often have a waiting list

Entry evaluation for students

Assessment

Brief description of entry evaluation required

For the English Grade 5 intake, there will be an assessment in mathematics and English

Deadline for registration (new academic year)

There are different deadlines. It is best to send an email to admissions@dsk.co.za

Students can join after academic year begins

Yes, if there is availability

Percentage of students who pursue further education post-graduation

The majority

External examinations or assessments available

Our learners graduate with two double qualifications depending if they are in the German (Abitur) Stream or English (IEB-NSC) Stream.
They either graduate with the National Senior Certificate (IEB-NSC, South African qualification) and the German Language Diploma at level B2/C1 OR
the Combined Qualification with the IEB-NSC and the German International Abitur

The National Senior Certificate (IEB-NSC) and the German Language Diploma at level B2/C1 OR the combined qualification with the IEB-NSC and the German International Abitur.

Results in these examinations

100% pass rate for years
All learners of the Class of 2020 passed the IEB-NSC and German International Abitur with several learners excelling with outstanding academic results. Our graduates achieved a total of 180 distinctions. Four learners of the German Abitur Stream achieved the top mark of 1,0 which is an incredible result.

Do students practice religion at the school? What religion?

Religion is a subject and gives an overview of various religions.

School bus service available

Yes, we have an extension bus route service for our learners.

Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs

Yes, we have a big learning support centre with counsellors, psychologists, learning specialists and special needs teachers.

Learning support offered

Since 2007, our learning support centre team has given emotional, social and academic support to children of the DSK during their school careers.
In total, we have four school counsellors at the DSK, two learning therapists, two special needs counsellors besides an occupational therapist and psychologist.

School start time

7:55

School finish time

15:50

Supervised care before/after school

Yes, we have aftercare services for children in Grade 1-5 until 17:00h.

Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

Soccer, handball, swimming, tennis, dragon boating, volleyball, basketball, hockey, golf, gymnastics, cross country, table tennis, karate, yoga, ballet, modern dancing, debating, Marimba band, chess, Math, Science, piano, wide variety of instruments.

School provided lunches

Yes

Food alternatives for special dietary needs (ie. vegan, kosher, halal etc)

Yes

Sports activities included

Physical education

Sports facilities at the school

Two sports halls, big sports field, Beachvolleyball court, mini football fields, multi-purpose sports field, swimming pool, playground

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students

Yes

Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

As a bilingual German school abroad we follow the German and South African (IEB) curriculum. Graduating with a South African and European university entrance qualification gives our learners a broader choice for their tertiary education in South Africa, Germany or in other countries, opening doors to an international career.
We teach German mother-tongue learners from Grades 1 - 12 and English-speaking learners from Grades 5 - 12, respectively.

The German International School Cape Town is not just a place for academic, sporting and artistic achievements. It is a community, where we welcome learners and families from more than 40 nationalities of different social and cultural backgrounds.
Intercultural learning is an important aspect in our learners’ holistic development. The act of building bridges between societies and cultures fosters understanding, mutual respect and open-mindedness.

Teaching approach of the school

We empower our learners to think critically, outside the box and to voice their own opinion. Problem-solving and autonomous learning is part of becoming independent and confident young adults.
We focus on the individual learner by supporting each child to strive for their best while nurturing and growing their talents and passion.
In regular self-assessments, the learners learn from an early age to set their own goals and to assess their personal progress supported by the teacher and their parents.

The DSK encourages its learners to take initiative, to collaborate and adapt confidently to changing circumstances.

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