Committees at the CDSC

Dear parents,

Our children attend an excellent German school. We parents come from different countries and different cultures, which significantly increases the demands on the school, on us parents and above all on our children.

We parents want to give our children a good education and training. Together with the CDSC, we can reach this goal. The Parents’ Council is a great opportunity to participate in shaping the community. However, we, the parent representatives, depend on your help. Please tell us your wishes, ideas and suggestions. Write us an email (, or contact us personally in the school.

We look forward to every contact.

With kind regards,

Tim Armstrong and Ralph-Peter Nowak

Dear students, teachers, and parents,

The Student Council (SV) is an important body of the school, but also the most important instrument for the students to assert their interests and voice their genuine concerns. Therefore, it is important that the SV is active and not alienated from student life. This year, we, Natasha and Leo, as the student representative team, are responsible for ensuring that the student body is represented and that their suggestions and wishes are heard and seriously discussed. We believe it is important to develop a student body that actively participates in the democratic process and values open discourse. We believe that these values are an important part of education and crucial to the development of a fair society.

The SV is responsible for organizing events and holding SV meetings every two weeks. The SV will make sure that existing activities continue, but also that new things are introduced.

Some new SV goals for this school year are:
Streamlining the SV bureaucracy and the school complaint process, improving the cafeteria and bringing back ice cream to the school, addressing ongoing but everyday grievances that are often overlooked by the school, and improving the school community.

Only together can we create CDSC that is truly great for students! Your ideas and complaints are the building blocks for our goals because we are here for you and you.

Fellow students, please contact us through our school email addresses or in person in the schoolyard. We welcome all creative ideas and complaints via email to or

Your student representatives,

Natasha and Leo

Education Quality Management at CDSC

All German schools abroad in the German Schools Abroad International Network are obligated to provide the highest standards of instruction and school quality. Across the globe, the ZfA (Central Agency for German Schools Abroad) supports German schools abroad in their efforts to fulfill this obligation. The ZfA systematically helps schools implement their goals for improvement as defined by their quality management plans.

The subsidizing federal and state-level agencies in the Federal Republic of Germany codified internationally recognized quality standards in November of 2006 (updated in 2019) in their publication, “Quality Standards of the Federal Republic of Germany and its States for German Schools Abroad.”

Additionally, schools are supported by facilitators. Within their respective regions, facilitators advise, aid and accompany schools throughout this process. They also track schools’ progress.

Steering Committee at CDSC

The steering committee is a body that aims to consult, coordinate, inform and cultivate ideas for all things related to school development.

The committee focuses primarily on instruction and lesson-plan development.

Members of the Steering Committee in the 2022/23 School Year

The composition of the steering committee should reflect that of the school community. Members were elected in their respective groups. Members of the steering committee are:

  • Daniel Santelmann – education quality management (PQM) coordinator – head of the steering committee
  • Markus Brandtner (principal)
  • David Nescholta (school board representative)
  • Hauke Päs (elementary school)
  • Kirsten Hoffmann (secondary school)
  • Will be announced soon (parent)
  • Will be announced soon (student)

Tasks of the steering committee:

  • Draft school development goals
  • Coordinate Control of the school development processes, especially the activities of the working groups
  • Organize and implement cyclical evaluations
    (self-evaluation, evaluation of others, inspection)
  • Evaluation of the last federal-state inspection (BLI 3.0) and derivation of school development goals, as well as preparation for the next inspection
  • Ensuring the flow of information for all persons involved in school development (school management, regular information for teacher and staff conferences, working groups, external consultants, etc.)