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Orientation Phase and Junior Secondary School
In Grades 5 and 6, DSJ learners undergo an Orientation Phase during which they are specifically prepared for the demands and challenges of Secondary School by highly committed German and South African teachers.
The teachers pay particular attention to and support the aptitudes and abilities of the learners in order to encourage them to think and learn independently. The Orientation Phase equips learners for the
challenges of Secondary School from Grade 7 onwards.
Junior Secondary School – a step towards more independence German Home Language Stream (Deutsch als Muttersprache = DaM)
Learners of the German stream are taught according to the Secondary School curriculum of the Federal State of Baden-Württemberg. The medium of instruction is predominantly German.
German Foreign Language Stream – New Secondary School (NSek)
The New Secondary School (NSek) is an English stream at the Deutsche Internationale Schule Johannesburg for children from Grade 5 who do not have a German language background. This stream was opened in 1989 and was aimed to provide non-German speaking children from previously disadvantaged backgrounds the opportunity of private school education.
All learners who wish to be admitted to Grade 5 of the New Secondary School have to pass a Maths and English entry exam in Grade 4 (in August of the respective year), as well as an aptitude test.
We offer a special preparation class for the entry exam (Saturday School) for the learners of our partner schools in Soweto. Every Saturday, they are being taught Maths, English and Life Skills at our school.
Admission without Saturday School:
Children who do not attend the Saturday School also have the opportunity to participate in the entry exam for the new Grade 5 of the NSek. On passing the test, they will be admitted to the school.
Lessons.at the NSek are taught in English The ability to speak German well and to learn all about the German culture helps with the integration in the German school community. Therefore, the learners have up to 15 German lessons per week in Grade 5 and 6. From Grade 7, lessons in Basic Science, Geography and Religion are also being taught in German (DFU).
The lessons are based on both the German (Baden-Württemberg) and South African curriculum. All subjects relevant for the South African Matric or the German Abitur are being taught using the latest teaching methods. From Grade 6 onwards, the learners choose between French, Afrikaans or Zulu as a third language. From Grade 10, they then either choose the NSC-stream (Matric) or the Kombi-stream (Matric and German Abitur).
The emphasis of the language lessons is learning German, as it is important to remove the language barriers in order to integrate at our school. Besides, from the start, classes are mixed in certain subjects, i.e. English, French, Afrikaans and Sports with other classes from the German stream.
Many opportunities for cultural interaction like workgroups and evening events which are organised together, and in particular the class trips add to the integration progress of the NSek learners.
German Language Diploma:
In Grade 8, the knowledge of German is tested on the basis of an international comparison exam (A2 level). In Grade 10, the learners take part in the exam for the German Language Diploma DSD I and in Grade 12 for the DSD II. The DSD II (C1- mothertongue level) enables the learners to study at any German speaking university without having to go through further anguage tests, . In addition, it makes it easier to find a job with a German company in South Africa or in Germany.