Secondary l (Lower Secondary Level)

In order to ensure a smooth transition from Primary to Secondary School (Orientation Stage), the class teacher of Year 3 and 4 will continue to be the class teacher for Year 5 students as well. Supported by their familiar teacher and the familiar open learning methodology, we aim at preparing students in the best possible way for the next level.

At the end of Year 5 and after careful consideration at the class teachers’ meeting, students are advised on which school type is recommended for them. The results of the first semester of Year 6 are decisive for the students to be streamed into one of the three school types: Hauptschule, Realschule (Secondary I) or Gymnasium (Secondary II). In accordance with the principle of the best possible promotion, at DSKL top-performing students who have selected French from Year 6 onwards, by a resolution taken at the class teachers’ meeting, may still be promoted into Upper Secondary Level at the end of Year 8.

Thus, students who develop their strengths at a later stage can easily be promoted to a higher level. Students of Lower Secondary Level may replace their second foreign language with science subjects from Year 7 onwards. Thereafter, any transition into the Upper Secondary Level is no longer possible.