German language skills (oral and written) must be available in order to take part in the program. Placement tests may be required.
Classes are held on THURSDAY from 4:30 to 7pm
The curricula are based on the European Framework of Reference for the German language.
Students follow the curriculum of the European Framework for each grade. In addition, they prepare presentations and are part of the school internal presentation and “Youth debate” contests.
German customs and cultural heritage are introduced to the students in class. Nikolaus visits every class in December.
DaZ 8th grade students take the IVA2 (Internationale schulische Vergleichsarbeit).
In addition to the regular curriculum of 9th grade, students get prepared for the German proficiency test DSD I (Deutsche Sprachdiplom) to be able to attend “Studienkolleg” in Germany.
DaZ-10 grade students are prepared specifically for the German proficiency Test DSD II (Deutsche Sprachdiplom DSD II), which will be administered in the first semester of DaZ-11 grade. This diploma is required for studying at a German university in combination with an American high school diploma. This is the final test in your student's education at DSB.
The lessons are conducted in a traditional classroom setting in the German language. Vocabulary, grammatical structures, as well as reading and writing skills, are developed systematically and subject-oriented by linking student-friendly interests to German school material.
Speaking occasions are based on the real life of the students.
After continuously participating in this program, students can take various national and international exams:
AATG Test Level 1-4 (DaZ-5 to DaZ-9 classes only), international comparative tests (IVA1 and IVA2), and German Proficiency Test (Deutsche Sprachdiplom DSD I and DSD II), which are recognized in the USA and Germany.
The school has an extensive school library with German-language books, games, audio books, CDs and DVDs for all age groups, which is regularly expanded.