German School Washington, D.C.

Potomac, MD
Contact: (301) 365-4400

Overview

The German language and culture are highly valued at our school. They form the foundation of all instruction and of our personal interaction. The goals of our education are multilingualism, tolerance, and openness to the world.

Our Oberstufe (High School) consists of grades 10 _ 12. Currently, 87 students visit the Oberstufe. In addition to the German graduation exam (Abitur), our students can obtain a Maryland High School Diploma. Students who are currently in the 9th grade will the first to graduate according to bilingual DIAP-exam regulationsat the end of the 12th grade in the school year 2016/17.

Each grade is split in two classes, with each having their own home classroom where most of the main subjects are taught. For the Second and Third Foreign Language, as well as Sciences, Art and Music ,students are taught in different formations outside their home room. The 10th grade represents the introductory phase to the Oberstufe, where two out of the three Natural Sciences and two Foreign Language courses are mandatory. At the beginning of the 10th grade, students can choose between Physics or Spanish as a Third Language. In the 11th and 12th grade, students choose four classes from the combined courses of Natural Sciences and Foreign Languages, whereby one course from each fieldis mandatory.

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