Secondary Education I at CDSC begins with an orientation phase in the 5th grade. During this year, teachers carefully observe and differentiate, so as to be ready to give a recommendation for the continuing educational path of each student at the end of the school year. Parents can then choose whether to follow the recommendation or not, deciding between Hauptschule, Realschule or Gymnasium. Since there is only one class per grade at CDSC, all three education types will take place in the same classroom.
In the 6th grade, students qualified for Gymnasium will begin to study French as a second language; students qualified for Realschule may choose between French and crafts/technical education. Students qualified for Hauptschule normally attend crafts/technical education classes.
Students will obtain their graduation certificates after examinations at the end of 9th grade (for Hauptschule students) and 10th grade (for Realschule students). The CDSC has received permission from the German Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs (Kultusministerkonferenz: KMK) to issue both kinds of graduation certificates. The examinations required to receive both Hauptschule and Realschule certificates are conducted by the examination appointee of the Federal Government-Federal States Committee for Schools Abroad (Bund-Länder Ausschuss für schulische Arbeit im Ausland – BLAschA).
A core examination procedure with written and oral examinations must be passed for the Realschule-certificate and Hauptschule-certificate. In the 10th grade of Gymnasium, centralized class tests with special gradings are written in the main subjects.
The 10th grade plays a unique role at CDSC: It is the concluding year of the Realschule (based on the G8-system), i.e., secondary education I. It is also the first of the upper-level Gymnasium years (three years in total, making up secondary education II).
By being transferred to the 11th grade, Gymnasium students are entitled to attend the qualification phase of the Gymnasium upper school.
During the 2012/13 school year, we established our own Secondary Education II at CDSC, encompassing grades 10–12. We also obtained permission from the KMK to conduct the Abitur examinations at the end of 12th grade. The German International Abitur (Deutsches Internationales Abitur – DIA) is a new education certificate of the KMK which—in addition to the Abitur—awards the general higher education entrance qualification and thus provides access to German and international universities. The DIA includes a focus on the English language, due to an increasingly international composition of parents abroad. This means that the CDSC begins teaching history bilingually (German/English) in the 8th grade and teaches physics lessons completely in English beginning in the 10th grade.
Connectivity to the German, Austrian and Swiss education system is granted.
Below you will find the current timetable:
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