DSM Expansion into Secondary Education

Deutsche Schule Melbourne (DSM) will introduce a secondary school program starting with Year 7 – and adding Year 8 the following year.

Building on a legacy of true bilingual education

The DSM program reaches far beyond simple language and culture lessons.

We refine students’ language skills to native speaker level, by immersing them in bicultural learning that leaves them equally comfortable communicating in either German or English.

By diving deeply into conceptual thinking, problem solving and current affairs in both languages, children develop the competencies they need to flourish in a complex world.

We aim to prepare our students for their future as global citizens. Through continued in-depth exposure to two languages and cultural contexts, we enable our students to critically reflect on their own culture as well as develop a strong understanding of the cultures of others. By offering a strong educational foundation, we aim to enable our students to smoothly transition into further education in Australia, Germany or internationally.

Early secondary: A time for looking outward

In Years 7 and 8, students naturally expand their focus from family and community interests to the wider world. We believe that DSM’s bilingual and bicultural setting is the perfect place to nurture this stage of development.

As with our primary school program, the DSM secondary program meets the requirements of both the Victorian Curriculum and the German Curriculum. The German curriculum fosters a culture of discussing, debating and forming opinions. The Victorian curriculum regards subjects from an interdisciplinary perspective, allowing students to see how skills and knowledge can be transferred between subject areas.

Experienced specialist teachers from Germany and Australia will join DSM to bring this academic style to life in Melbourne.

This well-rounded academic program will also prepare our students for a wide range of tertiary pathways, both locally and internationally.

A broad curriculum, with a focus on deep understanding

English and German literacy continue to be at the heart of our curriculum, alongside Mathematics. Together, these three disciplines unlock understanding of all other areas.

We have a strong focus on teaching our students Science and Humanities. These fields are broken down into distinct discipline, such as History, Geography, Civics, Biology, Physics and Chemistry.

Physical Education, Music and The Arts also remain crucial parts of our teaching program.

Our pedagogy focuses on students developing deep learning and problem-solving strategies, rather than rote learning.

French learning to continue into secondary

As one of the dominant languages studied locally and abroad, French complements DSM’s tradition of opening diverse academic and professional pathways. Teaching French as a foreign language will remain a part of our curriculum in Years 7 and 8. 

Opportunity for non-German speakers

To give more children the opportunity to join our secondary cohort, we offer a late-entry primary program.

Known as the DSM Accelerated Pathway, this program is for children in Years 3, 4 and 5 without prior German language skills. Within just 6-18 months, they will join our regular immersion program and reap the benefits of a bilingual, bicultural education.