Learning Secondary School

Secondary School

Secondary Stage I

The Secondary Stage I at CDSC begins with Grade 5. 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 at CDSC there is only one class per Grade, all three education types will take place in the same classroom.

In Grade 6, students qualified for high school will begin to study French as a second language; students qualified for “Realschule” may choose between French and crafts/technical education classes. Students qualified for “Hauptschule” normally attend crafts/technical education classes. If qualified students transfer to CDSC from another school without grade-appropriate French language ability, private French lessons will be provided.

Students will obtain their graduation certificates after examinations at the end of Grade 9 (for “Hauptschule” students) and Grade 10 (for “Realschule” students). The CDSC has received permission from the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education (Kultusministerkonferenz - KMK) in Germany 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 States Commisssion of Schools Abroad (Bund-Länder Ausschuss für schulische Arbeit im Ausland - BLAschA).

Secondary Stage II

In 2012, the CDSC established Secondary Stage II education, encompassing Grades 10-12, and obtained the permission of the KMK to conduct the Abitur examinations at the end of Grade 12. The German International Abitur examination (Deutsche Internationale Abiturprüfung - DIAP) is a new education product of the KMK which awards the general higher education entrance qualification in addition to the Abitur, and thus provides access to German and international universities. The DIAP includes a focus on English language, due to increasingly international parenthood abroad. Practically, this means that the CDSC begins the bilingual teaching (German/English) of History starting from Grade 8, and teaches Physics lessons completely in English beginning in Grade 10.

In the Secondary Stage II education plan, the video-based learning system Global School also plays an important role.

Lesson Content

In most subjects, lessons are taught according to the core curriculum of the German state of Thuringia. Thus, the connectivity to the German, Austrian and Swiss education system is granted.

The following timetable has been authorized by the BLAschA on the 15th of March 2012.

Stundentafel 2012




Learning Secondary School


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