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CurriculumGerman
Language of instructionGerman
Age RangeAges 2 to 18

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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 22 students / class
Extracurricular activities
School bus
School's webpage:
Yearly fees: from: 元136,600
to: 元185,000
This school has more than one campus in Shanghai:
Puxi Campus: Ages 2 to 18

Address: 350 Gao Guang Lu, Qingpu District, Shanghai 201 702, China

Yangpu Campus: Ages 2 to 18

Address: 758 Jiangwancheng Lu // Shanghai 200433, China

Students from 18 months are admitted to the school.
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Number of students

German School Shanghai Hongqiao
• founded 1995
• 850 students
• shares EuroCampus with the French School of Shanghai

German School Shanghai Yangpu
• founded 2007
• 350 students
• second Franco-German EuroCampus opened in January 2020

Number of nationalities represented in the school

Over 50

Most common nationality

German, Chinese

Max. number of students per class

Kindergarten: Goups under 3 years old: 10, older than 3 years old: 16
Primary School: 20
Secondary School: 22

Average number of students per class

It varies from grade to grade.

Does the school employ teaching assistants?

Yes.

Native German speaking teachers

Yes.

Language support for students not fluent in German

Yes.

Additional language classes offered by the school

Multiple languages from 18 months to 18 years
The DSS is the largest German cultural hub in Shanghai. However, it sees itself as a place for German expats to meet and befriend people from China and all the other nations that make up our school’s diverse community. Although our main focus is on German language and culture, we place great emphasis on teaching our students multiple languages so that they are as well-equipped as possible to study and work all over the world. The DSS offers five languages in total – Chinese, German, English, French and Latin. Abitur examinations can be taken in German, English, French or Chinese. The school also offers preparatory classes for the internationally recognized Cambridge English Qualifications for non-native speakers of English. With the foreign languages offered at DSS and the option of English-language geography classes and bilingual history classes, up to 42% of lessons in the Gymnasium programme leading up to the Abitur can be in a language other than German.

Use of technology in the classroom

At the DSS, children and young people can live, learn and discover the world together. Classrooms equipped with interactive whiteboards, digital school books, laptops and a library with some 40,000 media resources allow us to put innovative education concepts into practice at every stage of a child’s education.

Do teachers assign homework to their students?

Yes. In the primary school the children are working in the school and do not have homework to do at home.

Uniform required

No.

Waiting list

Yes.

Entry evaluation for students

Yes.

Brief description of entry evaluation required

The level of German will be tested to make sure the children can follow the classes.

Deadline for registration (new academic year)

The enrollment is possible at any time during the school year. It is advised to enroll as soon as possible regarding waiting lists.

Students can join after academic year begins

Yes.

Percentage of students who pursue further education post-graduation

The majority of students attend universities all over the world.

External examinations or assessments available

Cambridge Certificate, HSK

Results in these examinations

Excellent

Do students practice religion at the school? What religion?

No

School bus service available

Yes. Fees are not included in the school fees.

Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs

Yes.

Learning support offered

Every child is always treated as an individual. Available to all age groups, our individually tailored German as a Second Language, dyslexia, speech therapy, physical therapy, extra reading and writing assistance and inclusive activity programmes are adapted to each child’s specific needs and capabilities. Differentiated teaching, language classes for different proficiency levels and bilingual lessons from Year 7 on ensure that all our students are challenged in accordance with their abilities.

The school supports gifted, able and talented students

When class is over, our extensive range of co-curricular activities allows children to pursue their talents for sport, languages, science, music and theatre. From wowing the audience with their singing or acting to winning their first gold medal at the East Asian Games, getting through to the finals of the International Mathematical Olympiad or taking part in the “Jugend debattiert” German-speaking debating competition – the possibilities are as diverse as the children themselves.

Student access to education psychologist

Yes.

School start time

8am

School finish time

3.20 pm for Kindergarten and primary school
5pm fpr secondary school

Supervised care before/after school

The sport teams are accompanied during competitions with international school at weekends.

Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

In addition to regular classes, the school offers an extensive afternoon programme of musical, artistic, scientific, technological and sporting activities delivered through a co-curricular programme, workshops, projects, sports teams, holiday camps and prevention programmes.

School provided lunches

Yes. The canteen offers a broad variety of western and asian cuisine. Café shops offer healthy snacks (breakfast, lunch) and beverages during the whole school day.

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

Yes.

Sports activities included

Physical activities and sports are included from kindergarten to 12th Grade in the curriculum - it varies from year to year and fulfills the needs of the students age.

Sports facilities at the school

Gym, swimming pool, soccer field, track and field, basketball fields

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students

Yes they have soccer, volleyball, swim, badminton teams

Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

The German School Shanghai (DSS) is one of the largest overseas German schools in the world and has been awarded “Excellent German School Abroad” status by the German education authorities. The DSS delivers educational excellence for over 1,250 children and young people at its two locations. For children from kindergarten to secondary school, parents and school staff alike, the DSS is more than “just” an excellent school – it is a cultural hub where togetherness comes first.

Teaching approach of the school

At both the kindergarten and the all-day school, our highly-qualified staff follow German education and teaching curricula, providing German-language instruction and helping students to perform to the best of their ability in the official German exams. Seamless transitions from kindergarten to primary school and primary to secondary school ensure a joined-up education path. Kindergarten groups engage in joint activities with Year 1 primary pupils, while Year 4 primary pupils attend taster classes to prepare them for their first year at secondary school. Meanwhile, a curriculum based on the German equivalents ensures a smooth transition to the local schooling system for students who return to Germany. During their schooling, our children and young people receive the best possible preparation for studying at international higher education institutions and for living and working around the world.

Small class sizes facilitate personal contact and create a learning and working environment that kindles the joy of learning and of pursuing excellence. We treat every child as an individual, providing a broad programme that both nurtures and challenges them.

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