The Deutsche Schule Durban is an independent German school that is situated in beautiful grounds and buildings and offers a holistic education for children between the ages of 3 and 13, from Kindergarten to Grade 7. Established in 1971, the DSD is affiliated to the Independent Schools Association of Southern Africa (ISASA). In an increasingly globalised world, there are more and more non German-speaking families choosing to give their child the benefit of German as an additional language. At present there are approximately 150 pupils in our school and the school has developed into a well-known educational institution in the Durban area, with top local high schools eagerly wishing to recruit its Grade 7 school leavers. From grade 8 onwards, the DSD continues to offer German as a subject to its alumni and helps them to prepare for the German Language Certificate exams.
All lessons from Kindergarten to Grade 4 are taught in German, and from Grade 5 lessons are conducted in English but with German offered as a compulsory subject at first language level. The school seeks to instil positive values in its learners and celebrates unique German events such as Einschulung (first day of school), Fasching (carnival), a Lantern Festival and a very popular Weihnachtsmarkt (Christmas Market). The school also boasts a recently upgraded science lab and computer centre and places a strong emphasis on music and sport. Ultimately, the DSD aims to be a school in which all learners, parents, teachers and friends of the school feel that they are part of a really special school and one that lives up to its motto of “lernen, wachsen, leben” (learning, growing, living).