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.
The school will assign a supplementary teacher to classes with large inhomogeneous student populations in order to be able to temporarily conduct lessons at two different levels of teaching and learning. This arrangement not only relieves the individual teacher, but also ensures that students receive an equal amount of attention at different levels of learning. Thus, each student will be attended to and fostered according to their individual strengths and weaknesses.
Our largely English-speaking environment in Malaysia is reflected in our school curriculum. History is taught bilingually from Year 8 onwards, i. e. the mediums of instruction are English and German on a fifty-fifty basis. Physics is taught exclusively in English from Year 9 onwards. As in other German schools, “Hauptschule” students finish school at the end of Year 9 receiving the so-called “Haupschulabschluss” (Secondary School Leaving Certificate). Students having completed “Realschule” and sit for the qualifying examination after Year 10, may repeat Year 10 at Upper Secondary Level.
These students may have to complete an intensive course in French in order for them to qualify for entry into the Qualification Phase (Years 11-12). Students of Year 10 (students of Lower Secondary Year 9) participate in a school leaving qualification procedure at Secondary I level and are awarded either the “Hauptschulabschluss” and/or “Realschulabschluss” (O-Level) and/or the entry qualification for the Upper Secondary Level.