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Founded in 1969, the German School Nairobi (DSN) is a German speaking school abroad accredited by the "Kultusministerkonferenz - KMK" (The Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Länder in the Federal Republic of Germany).

The German School Nairobi is authorised to carry out Secondary School final examinations and to award the High School diploma / school leaving examination certificate. It is our mission to provide a German school education system for German and foreign-speaking children in Kenya that will guide them towards attaining these certificates or enable them to reintegrate into the inner-German school system upon returning to Germany. Our syllabus is aligned to the curriculum of the Federal State of Thuringia, approved by the KMK and gives special consideration to subjects relevant in connection with our host country Kenya.

The responsible body of the German School Nairobi is the German School Society of Nairobi, founded in 1964. All parents of children enrolled in the school automatically become members of the Society. The executive body is a board of eight members chosen from and elected by the members' annual general meeting.

DSN has introduced the 12-year school system in 2004/2005. It comprises four levels: Primary School, Orientation level (class 5), Lower Secondary and Upper Secondary. Our school operates with one class at each level. Based on their academic performance students will be assessed and grouped into one of the three levels of the German school system at the end of the orientation level. For more information check our school structure.

The academic programme is equivalent to that in Germany. English as a foreign language is taught from Class 1 (two lessons per week), from Class 2 three lessons weekly, in Class 4 four lessons a week and from Class 5 upwards five lessons per week. French as a second foreign language is taught from Class 6 onwards. Students in Class 9 have to do a two-week company placement and those of Class 11 a one-week economic field research.

In the year 2001/2002 the subject "German as a foreign language" (DaF) was set up for all those students who require special and particular assistance. Students taking DaF-lessons will be enabled to participate fully in German-speaking classes in the shortest possible time. Children whose mother tongue is not German and who join our primary school straight from our bilingual Kindergarten receive similarly designed remedial language classes.

Apart from regular lessons we offer numerous extracurricular activities which our students can choose from, such as drama, choir singing, learning musical instruments, dancing, soccer, basketball, gymnastics, arts, swimming - to name but a few.

Core syllabus lessons are taught by qualified German university diploma teachers and one from Switzerland. Lessons are taught in German. From Class 8 upwards geography is taught in English while history is taught bilingually (English/German) from Class 9.

A bilingual kindergarten and a boarding house are attached to the school. Children aged three years, possibly slightly younger, are accepted into kindergarten. The toddlers group looks after 2 years old children (earliest 20 month). Our boarding house with a boarding capacity of up to 20 students is located on the school compound. Boarders are accommodated in twin rooms or single rooms if available. All rooms have an ensuite bathroom or shower. Trained staff look after our resident students at the boarding house "24/7".

In addition to the various administrative offices and subject rooms (computer science, chemistry, physics, geography, biology, music, art, library, gymnastics room) DSN has over 14 classrooms as well as an extensive multi-purpose hall (with oscillating floor) for sports classes and cultural events such as theatre and musical performances. Further attractive features of the school compound are the swimming pool, basketball and (beach) volleyball courts, an athletics track and two tennis courts, all of which can be used by students and parents after school hours.

For parents who are unable to do so, a fleet of five school buses pick up children in the morning in time for the first lesson and take them home at the end of the final lesson. However, this transport service is limited to certain residential areas in Nairobi only.

Lessons are held Mondays to Fridays from 7.45 a.m. to 1.05 p.m. Classes 5 to 12 have afternoon classes (until 3.30 pm). Extracurricular activities take also place in the afternoons.

A full-time care programme (from 7.45 am to 3.30 pm) is available daily for primary school children.

DNS school year runs from 1 August to 31 July. Classes begin end of August. Report cards are issued at half-term (first week of February) as well as before the beginning of the summer holidays (beginning of July). Holidays within the school year are as follows:

Autumn Break 1 week mid October
Christmas Break 4 weeks mid December mid January
Easter Break 2-3 weeks around Easter
Summer Break 7 weeks beginning of July end of August

DSN observes all Kenyan public holidays as well as the Day of German Unity (3rd October).

When enrolling a child parents have to complete an application form and submit a copy of the report card issued by the school the student attended last.