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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 at the annual general meeting.

DSN has introduced the 12-year school system in 2004/2005. It comprises of 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. 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 students 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 able 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, arts and crafts, tennis, soccer, badmington, basketball, gymnastics, arts, swimming, brazilian Jiu Jitsu - to name but a few.

Core syllabus lessons are taught by qualified German university diploma teachers. 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 is 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 18 months). 

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 seven 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. 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.

DSN 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). 

For the Registration, the completed registration form and a copy of the last certificate of the outgoing school are necessary. There is also a registration fee.