General Information

The Deutsche Schule Durban is an independent German school that offers a holistic education for children from 18 months – Gr 7.  Established in 1971, the DSD is affiliated to the Independent Schools Association of Southern Africa (ISASA).  Pupils come from homes where German is spoken by at least one parent, yet increasingly there are 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.

Holiday/Term Dates 2019

Term 1
15 January – 20 March

Term 2
02 April – 21 June

Term 3
23 July – 20 September

Term 4
7 October – 4 December

Holiday/Term Dates 2020

Term 1
14 January – 20 March

Term 2
31 March- 12 June

Term 3
14 July – 18 September

Term 4
5 October – 2 December

Cultural programme

  • Music development programme for Kindergarten and Preschool
  • Music lessons comprising choral singing, orff and recorder
  • German cultural events: Fasching, Lantern festival, Christmas market

Medium of instruction

  • Kindergarten – Gr 4:  German
  • Gr 5 – 7:  English, with compulsory German lessons
  • English lessons, beginning in Gr 3
  • Afrikaans lessons, beginning in Gr 4
  • Zulu lessons, beginning in Gr 5

Class outings

  • Gr 1 – 4:  day trips
  • Gr 5 – 7:  class trips over several days

Financing

The DSD receives financing from neither the RSA nor the German Government.

The school is financed by:
School fees and German classes  64%
DSD Trust 25%
Donations and Fundraising 11%