The German International School Dubai is part of the German Ministry of Education network that has over 140 registered German schools. Also known as the Deutsche Internationale Schule Dubai (DISD), the school was founded in 2008. It was rated as an ‘Excellent German School abroad’ by the German Ministry of Interior in the Bund-Lander (Federal Government–Federal States) inspection. The school is located in Academic City and offers an outstanding education following the German curriculum. It gives German-speaking students the opportunity to apply for admissions to all grades anytime during the academic year.
Established more than a decade ago, The German International School Dubai was rated as ‘Outstanding’ in 2014 by the KHDA. The private K-12 school was previously located in Al Quoz, and the new, purpose-built campus in Academic City became operational in 2015. Most students are native German speakers.
The German International School Dubai follows the German curriculum. For subjects such as Arabic and English, the syllabus is designed according to the UAE Ministry of Education (MoE) guidelines. Geography is taught in English from Grade 8 onwards and from Grade 9, History is taught bilingually–in English and German. Arabic is taught as a mandatory subject.
The German International School Dubai is a popular German school in the country and is counted amongst the 25 best German schools in the city. In 2011, German International School Dubai was approved by the Kultusministerkonferenz (Ministry of Education in Germany) to prepare pupils for the internationally recognised German school-leaving examination (Deutsche Internationale Abiturprüfung). The school offers co-ed classes from kindergarten to secondary grades. It gives German nationals preference, especially at the kindergarten level.
RESIDENTIAL AREAS NEAR GERMAN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL DUBAI
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Campus of German International School Dubai
The campus is spacious enough to facilitate the 800 students who are currently enrolled in the school. It is split equally among three sections.
There is a separate building for the kindergarten level, slightly away from the primary and secondary sections. The main building has sports facilities and specialist rooms for music and art.
There is a large canteen and an assembly room at the centre of the school. To promote a healthy lifestyle among students and instil sportsmanship, the school has state-of-the-art sports facilities including a standard football pitch with running tracks and athletics facilities, swimming pool, beach volleyball field, a triple sports hall and an outdoor basketball court. The campus also has an outdoor space for students.
Location of German International School Dubai
The German International School Dubai is one of the many schools in Academic City, formally known as Dubai International Academic City (DIAC). The area is away from the city’s centre, close to the southern outskirts. The school is at a short distance from Emirates Road and in proximity to Zayed University and Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University. There are popular residential and commercial districts around the school including Dubai Silicon Oasis, The Villa, Nad Al Sheba and International City. German families living in any of these areas can consider the German International School Dubai for their school going kids.
Why German International School Dubai?
German International School Dubai was established in 2008 by Al Jagla with the plan to become one of the top German schools in the city. It is an ideal school for German expatriate students. While following German curriculum (based on the German Federal State of Thuringia), the school also emphasises on Arabic and English and follows the MoE guidelines. Enrolled students come from 30 different nations but German students form the majority. The school campus is spacious and built on modern infrastructure.
As one of the best German schools in the country, it has also received a ‘Good’ rating from KHDA. The well-planned, well-designed curriculum enables students to achieve academic excellence. The Thuringen curriculum has a strong school-specific approach.
German International School Dubai appeals to German-speaking families. The focus is on developing students’ personalities while working on their social skills. Students are provided opportunities to enhance critical thinking and problem-solving skills besides a friendly and learning atmosphere that prepare them for the future.
German International School has taken necessary precautions to prevent the spread of Covid-19 as per instructions from the KHDA.
All students and staff members have to undergo Covid-19 PCE test before coming to school. During this pandemic situation, parents are not allowed inside the school premises until further notice. Older people, like grandparents, are also not allowed to pick up or drop students. Wearing a face mask is compulsory for students and staff.
To facilitate parents, German School has defined different time slots for pick up/drop off. Parents can choose a slot that suits their requirements. Up to 15 parents can pick the same time slot, which can’t be changed. These time slots are made to avoid large group gathering and maintain social distance.
Here are the safety precautions that student and staff must follow:
- Temperature checks upon entering the school. If any staff member or student has a temperature exceeding 37 Celsius, he/she is immediately sent to the isolation room built inside the school.
- German School Dubai encourages students to wash hands with soap for at least 30 seconds three times during school hours.
- Students must have their lunch in the designated area and avoid sharing it with others.
- Water dispensers are not placed in school due to safety reasons. Therefore, students must bring water bottles from home.
- The school canteen will be open to provide fresh food during school hours.
- Kindergarten students can take their stationery items, pen, books, copies, laptop and tablets home every day to minimise the risk of infection.
- Toilet and hand hygiene routine is implemented to prevent spreading of germs. Only one person is allowed in the toilet at a time. Students should wait on marked strips outside toilets.
- German International School allows students to take off their face mask during sports lessons, but they must follow social distancing.
- The swimming pool will remain closed temporarily.
- Students must bring their musical instruments to the music class. This is to avoid the spread of germs.
- Minimum distance inside the classroom is 1.5 metres. The maximum number of students permissible inside a classroom is 16.
- All equipment such as AC vents, doorknobs, tables, chairs, computers and areas touched frequently will be sanitised regularly.
- Sanitisers are also placed in every classroom.
- Exchanging notes or learning materials is prohibited.
- Students are requested to carry hygiene kits such as sanitisers, tissue papers and one extra face mask inside their bags.
- Whispering inside the classroom is forbidden.
- Parent-teacher meeting will be observed virtually until further notice.
Years Offered at German International School Dubai
Parents looking to enrol their kids in Foundation Stage 1 (FS1) can consider German International School Dubai. Elementary school years include Kindergarten 1 and 2 while primary and secondary classes (until Year 13) are also offered.
KG-1 and KG-2
Grade 1 – Grade 4
Grade 5 – Grade 12
The core focus is on individual learning especially in pre-school. German is not always the first language for kindergarten students; the school offers German foreign language programs that help students to overcome language barriers. The language is taught with a playful approach through supplementary DaF lessons. At German International School Dubai, students are encouraged to discover their interest and use their full potential to achieve academic success.
Kindergarten in German International School
Kindergarten students are allowed to decide the pace and duration of their playtime. Properly planned playtime promotes good social behaviour, motor skills and friend-making approach in young kids.
Primary School in German International School
Primary school at German International School Dubai links kindergarten and secondary school. Lessons are planned as per the Free State of Thuringia. Secondary level (Hauptschule) starts from Level 5 and continues until Level 12. Grade 5 is the Orientation Level. Like other German schools, the secondary level at DISD is divided into two parts – Secondary Level I and Secondary Level II. At the end of Class 10, students take a class examination set by “Kultusministerkonferenz” (KMK–Conference of Ministers of Education). Class 10 is also the entry-level of Secondary Level II.
Secondary School in German International School
Secondary level is further divided into three levels: secondary, secondary modern and grammar school. After passing 5th-grade exams, a recommendation is given regarding the secondary level best fit for the student. At the end of class 9, it is possible to move to the grammar school.
In grade 9, subjects are divided into two streams namely Realschule and Gymnasium as per the German secondary school system. The gymnasium is ranked higher and is closer to the English Grammar School system while Realschule is a more technically oriented programme.
German International School Dubai Curriculum
As stated earlier, the school follows the German curriculum with a little change to meet the learning needs of the student as laid down by the Ministry of Education (MoE). According to KHDA, the school curriculum is Very Good in the KG and Good in other sections. However, the school has incorporated some changes to match it with the diverse learning needs of students.
Other than German, they also teach French and Arabic in Class 6. At the secondary level, students take bilingual exams–in English and German to enrol in international universities. Core subjects in school are Mathematics, English, Social Studies, German, Islamic Studies and Arabic.
The Dubai School Inspection Bureau (DSIB) is a part of KHDA. It was constituted by The Executive Council of Dubai Government in 2007 by Decision 38. The information provided by DSIB states suggestions regarding the improvement of the policy and planning of the school. Dubai School Inspection Bureau carries out annual school inspections, the parents’ meetings and parents and student surveys. The standards set by DSIB are regularly revised
DSIB inspected German International School Dubai from 10th to 13th December in 2018. The school has been rated ‘Good’ consistently for the past eight years. According to the report, the quality of education in German International School Dubai is Good. The authority found that the progress of students in all core subjects is Good. Students can communicate in both German and English. Very good support is provided to those with Special Education Needs (SEND). Students also display good social and personal development.
DSIB suggests using technology to enhance the learning experience of students. Teachers are successful in building personal and social skills in kindergarten students. The strengths of the school include a high standard of Arabic in the elementary phase while kindergarteners are offered chances for outstanding personal development.
Academic Calendar for German International School Dubai
- The first of September is the first day of school while winter break starts from 15th December and ends on 2nd January.
- After the school resumes on 3rd January, the period from 31st January to 6th February is allocated for school trips and project week.
- Students go on scheduled spring break from 29th March to 9th April. 2nd July is the last day of school after which summer holidays begin from 3rd July and ends on 29th August.
On specific days, kindergarten ends at 11:55 am. The school calendar is subject to change according to local public holidays announced by the UAE authorities. You can view the academic calendar for German International School on the website.
Admission and Fees
How to Apply to German International School Dubai?
Parents and legal guardians are welcome to apply for their child’s kindergarten admission by filling an online application form. The admission process is based on the guidelines issued by the KHDA (Knowledge Human and Development Authority). Those looking for admissions in kindergarten must be at least 3 years of age on 31st December of the school year.
Kindergarten students are not required to prove their German language skills but one parent should be fluent in German. Children aged above 4 years have to prove they have German language skills upon admission. For this, a standardised language test is conducted. Those who fail the test have to take a compulsory chargeable language development program to polish their German language skills that starts when the child is 5 years old.
The criteria for admission:
- Native German speakers are given priority. A personal meeting is held to determine fluency in German.
- Students with SEND are given priority.
- Siblings of already enrolled students are given priority.
- Older children are given preference. The admission is offered in the sequence of age and therefore, older children are admitted first.
German-speaking families and parents have a smoother admission process. If because of any reason, the seats are not available, the application will be kept on a waiting list for the respective year. However, a new application must be made for a new school year.
Admission for pre-schoolers in German International School Dubai solely depends on the outcome of the standardised screening process and overall observation of the student. Generally, the admission management meets the parents and sometimes, expert opinions are also taken. They invite parents with children who look older than their age for preschool for a discussion regarding their children’s school career planning.
Those looking for admission in class 1 of the primary school in German International School Dubai have to pay a re-registration fee. Parents have to fill out and sign the registration form before submitting it with other necessary documents to the school administration. Students who are already part of the preschool program in DISD have to undergo a screening test in October.
Children who have not previously attended preschool in German International School Dubai are welcomed when the seats are available. These children must be 6 years of age by 31st December to apply for class 1 in primary school.
If the enrolment procedure is followed correctly, the school management will assess the application. However, the German language test is also mandatory in this case. If students fail the test, it is compulsory to take part in the German language support program (as a foreign language).
If students have been studying in other boards or curricula from Grade 2 to 12 and are applying for admission to the school, German International School Dubai will request information from the previously attended school at the time of admission.
All guidelines laid by KHDA are strictly followed by the school. At the time of registration, parents also give their consent to request student’s file from the last school. Upon approval from the school management, parents receive ‘conditional admission’. The student then has to go through a standardised grading test according to his/her age that determines the knowledge and skills required for the academic subjects such as German, Mathematics and Secondary Level I English.
If students lack necessary language skills, they must enrol in the German language support programme. Students enrolling until Grade 7 are given more leniency with German-language ability as they can pick up the key concepts easily. For admissions beyond this stage, German language proficiency is mandatory.
The result of the admission test is based on the grading test, reports from the previous school and expert opinions. The result will also determine the grading level of the student and the language programme students are required to enrol in.
Students who achieve far below average results than their age are counted as Special Educational Needs (SEND) candidates. German International School Dubai believes that each student has different intellectual and emotional needs and the school tries its best to support children with underlying learning and behavioural challenges.
The school has an Inclusion Support Team to fulfil the needs of such students and offers a special educational curriculum. This should be agreed on by the parents as it comes at an additional cost. Parents are expected to be honest in informing the school about their children’s cognitive, emotional and behavioural patterns. For kindergarten students, the parents should duly fill a special questionnaire.
This helps the school to provide maximum support and nurture a conducive learning environment for students. If the school realises that such information was not disclosed at the time of admission, it reserves the right to cancel the admission without the reimbursement of the admission fee. They will only take this decision after a meeting between parents and the school management.
A computerised Admission/Placement test is conducted from Year 2 to Year 10. For primary school (Year 2 to Year 4), a one-hour test is arranged. For secondary level (Year 5 to Year 10), a 3-hour test is arranged.
For admission to Year 11 onwards, a detailed consultation with the management of Secondary Level II is required rather than the usual computer test. The admission test dates will be updated through an invitation sent from the secretary’s office.
The school is responsible for informing parents about the learning difficulties of their kids and it offers an internal support programme to help the student in this regard. German International School Dubai also emphasises on taking help from expert medical personnel with regards to dyslexia, dyscalculia, autism spectrum disorder and any other such mentally challenging illnesses. In such cases, the school requests the parents to seek medical expert opinion for the student.
If the school finds that a student requires additional support after getting admission, the support programme will be mandatory. The school will discuss each criterion with the parents before admission. If parents disagree on any point, the school reserves the right to hold the admission for the respective year. All deadlines and regulations laid by the KHDA are to be strictly followed.
The following documents are required for applying to German International School Dubai:
- Registration form
- Form of Special Needs (if required)
- Copy of the birth certificate
- Copy of passport
- Copy of Emirates ID card
- Copies of parents’ passport
- Copies of parents’ Emirates ID
- Proof of custody (if required)
- Copy of previous school’s report of the past three years
- School bus registration form and regulation (if required)
Special school tours are arranged on Mondays and Wednesdays. However, parents are required to request for one by emailing at email@example.com. Further detail regarding admission at German International School can be viewed on the official school website.
Fee Structure at German International School Dubai
Applicants are charged a one-time registration fee of AED 500. It has to be paid right after the registration is approved. At the time of admission, 30% off the annual fee is charged per student.
At the time of enrolling for admission, parents are required to pay a non-recurrent admission fee, within one-week of receiving the placement offer from the school. If the payment is not made within the due date, the student will lose the seat.
Special discount is offered to students whose siblings are already studying in German International School Dubai. The third (third eldest) child come under the sibling discount category.
The school charges an additional fee for the supplementary services it offers such as German as a foreign language programme and afternoon programmes. The charges for such services are to be paid before the commencement of the programme.
There are three modes of payment for school fees:
- Transfer the AED amount into DISD amount
- Cash payment in AED
German International School Dubai has the following fee structure for the academic year 2019-2020:
Fee Per Year
Fee Per Year
Fee Per Year
Class 1 – Class 4
Fee Per Year
Fee Per Year
Class 6 – Class 10
Fee Per Year
Class 11 – Class 12
Fee Per Year
German as a Foreign Language (for KG)
Fee Per Year
German as a Foreign Language (for Primary section)
Fee Per Year
Membership fee for family
Fee Per Year
Other fees include:
- Non-recurrent deposit per child- AED 5,000
- Non-recurrent registration fee per child – AED 525
- Non-recurrent admission fee per child is 30% of the annual tuition fee
- Re-registration fee for school/kindergarten per child is 10% of the annual tuition fee
- Re-registration fee for the bus per child – AED 500
- Deposit for books – primary school per child- AED 400
- Deposit for books – secondary level I and II per child – AED 800
- Discount on school fees from the third (third eldest) child in the family – 20.0%
- Discount on bus fees from the third (third eldest) child in the family – 20.0%
- Surcharge for instalment payers (2-3 instalments per half-year) – 1.5%
- Surcharge for instalment payers (4-5 instalments per half-year) – 3.0%
- Reminder fee for 2nd reminder – AED 525
- Processing fee for returned cheques (per cheque)- AED 163
- Processing fee for school certificate duplicate (per certificate)- AED 105
- Processing fee for school certificate duplicate (Abitur) (per certificate)- AED 525
- Processing fee for school certificate legalisation (original must be presented) (per certificate) – AED42
- Translation school certificate German-English Grade 1 and 2 (per certificate)- AED 315
- Translation school certificate German-English Grade 3 to 12 (per certificate) – AED 105
- Fee for late pickup in Kindergarten per each started 15 minutes- AED 53
Fees structure at German International School is available in detail on the official school website.
Scholarships at German International School Dubai
At German International School Dubai, the school has a private initiative to collect sponsorship funds. These funds are collected by employees, parents and the Board. Parents seeking financial support can apply for these funds either personally at the school or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The allocation of the funds is decided by the Funds Committee. Distribution is made at the Annual Assembly of the school.
Lunch Options at GERMAN SCHOOL DUBAI
German International School Dubai aims to promote healthy eating habits among students. There is a purpose-built canteen in the school facility. Grade 11 and 12 students can decide their lunch at the time of admission. Lunch slots available are 12:05 PM or 02:15 PM.
There are two separate menus for students including a standard lunch and a vegetarian lunch. The school works in close collaboration with Organic Food & Café that provides healthy food options for kids. They take special measures to ensure that each meal is made with 90% organically grown ingredients and protein/meat which is completely hormone-free.
The other 10% of ingredients such as onions and garlic are grown conventionally.
The menu is carefully designed for each month and costs AED 14.70 for kindergarten students and AED 23.1 for other students (including VAT). Lunch bookings and payments have to be made a week ahead on the Organic Food & Café website.
Parents get the option to book specific days or months on the website. It is also possible for parents to inquire about nutritional values and the composition of the meals by getting in touch at email@example.com.
Kindergarten students are provided lunch by the staff while other students have to show their student ID to the canteen staff.
School Transportation at GERMAN SCHOOL DUBAI
German International School Dubai offers an optional school bus service to all students. The bus registration form can be filled online on the official website.
The bus shuttles through the residential areas where most students reside. All buses provide the pick-up and drop services from the predefined bus stops marked within the residential areas.
Mercedes Benz buses are used and owned by DSID. Each bus corresponds to the safety regulations laid by the RTA (Roads and Transport Authority) Dubai. They are equipped with 3-point safety belts and the drivers are carefully hired and trained. Bus service for an academic year is charged at AED 11,246.
Areas served by the school bus include Silicon Oasis, Meydan Heights, Al Waha, Layan, Sustainable City, Arabian Ranches, Mirdif, Downtown Dubai, Business Bay, Mudon and Barsha Heights.
Distant areas, 30 – 40 kilometres away are also serviced by school buses. These areas include the likes of Dubai Marina, Springs, Lakes, Meadows, Al Sufouh, Jumeirah Park, Jumeirah Beach Residence and Palm Jumeirah.
Holiday Camps at GERMAN SCHOOL DUBAI
The school also serves as the venue for Gulf Star Sports Fall Camp for kids aged 3 to 13 years. Kids can enjoy a wide range of attractive activities in the camp that usually happens in October. Camp activities include football, dodgeball, martial arts, performing arts, gymnastics and other adventure games.
German International School Dubai is one of the best options for parents looking for a modern school with state-of-the-art sports facilities.
The campus has dedicated a large space for a variety of sports. There is a FIFA standard football pitch with a special running track and other athletic facilities.
A triple sports hall and a swimming pool measuring 25m x 15m are part of the school campus. Students who are into volleyball and basketball can play in the respective sports court within the school premises.
Extra-curricular Activities at GERMAN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL DUBAI
It is crucial for students to engage in some kind of extracurricular activity as it helps with mental and emotional health development. The school offers dance classes for interested students. Parents who would like to enrol their kids in self-defence and other such activities can consider martial arts classes offered by the school.
Field Trips from GERMAN SCHOOL DUBAI
All field trips at the German International School are integrated with learning done in the classrooms.
Educational and study camps are held for primary and secondary students once every year. Grades 3, 5, 7 and 9 are offered these class trips every year. Language trips are held for grades 8 and 10 to Paris and England.
These language trips are not compulsory. Details and cost of the trips for the current academic year are available here.
Apart from these trips, one-day trips are held for different class groups. Few of the trips in the UAE include Dubai Opera, Wildlife Centre, OliOli and Al Farooq Omar bin Al Khattab Mosque and Centre.
Being socially active, connecting with other kids, managing teamwork and using imagination is an important mental development tool.
For incorporating positive attributes in students, DISD gives multiple options to parents and students. They can choose from a wide range of creative after-school activities. All activities are organised and managed by Gulf Star Sports LLC.
Students who are more inclined towards sports can join football, swimming, basketball and athletics team.
Registering for after-school activities is simple and easy. The registration opens for almost two weeks during which parents can view the activity schedule. Registration can be done online through the Gulf Star Website. All After-School Activities are subject to 5% VAT and are based on a first-come, first-served basis.
Students who commute through school bus services will automatically be re-booked for the 04:20 pm bus slot. Keeping the needs of different age groups in mind, the school plans different activities for primary and secondary groups. Usually, kindergarten After-School Activities run from 2:15 PM to 3:45 PM while other groups have timings between 2:40 PM to 4:10 PM.
Before choosing and planning ASA for kids, parents should check for mandatory after school lessons that are part of the timetable. Students who need extra academic attention can join Remedial Teaching Club. These clubs are run by qualified school teaching staff and provide extra support to fill the knowledge gaps. Some curriculum complementing classes such as debating, photography, drama classes and student newspaper programmes are also part of the ASA list. These are specially offered at a lower fee.
Music is said to boost brain development and increase human connection. Music is treated as a subject in DISD and instrumental masterclass is part of the ASA programme. This masterclass is planned according to the ABRSM syllabus and students are prepared to appear for external ABRSM exams. The syllabus covers lesson for piano, guitar, drums and violin. To give proper attention to students, only 3 students are catered at a time for 90 minutes. Only students that are part of music class are selected for School Music Ensembles.
Activities for kindergartners include the likes of:
‘Der bewegte Kreis’ – Movement games
Flohkiste- Fun and Games
Marchenwelt- Fairy Tale World
Mit allen Sinnen – With all senses
Sachenmacher – Crafting
Hip Hop and Street Dance
Students who attend primary school can join any of the activities provided. These include Curriculum Complementing Classes such as Mathematics and Spelling club. Remedial Teaching is offered in Arabic Conversation. The creative classes include Drama, German Creative Writing and Robotics and Engineering.
For Music, there is a primary school choir and instrumental classes. A wide range of sports activities is also provided. These include Karate, Mini Ball Games, Swimming and Water Polo, Taekwando, Tennis, Advanced Gymnastics, Athletics, Basketball, Football, Gymnastics, Ballet and Hip Hop, Judo and Golf.
A more advanced set of after-school activities are offered to secondary school students. Activities include:
Mini Ball Games
German Book Club
French for Newcomers
Creative Writing – English
Table Tennis and Badminton
Yoga (for beginners)
Secondary School Choir
Conversation Class – Arabic
Curriculum Complementing Classes
Medical Care at GERMAN SCHOOL DUBAI
A doctor is part of the medical care team of German International School Dubai. She visits the school every Wednesday.
To ensure the safety and well-being of students, the school has an in-house school nurse who can be contacted in case of any injury or accident. The nurse has 25-years of hands-on experience with additional qualification in anaesthetics and intensive care. She is also a trained alternative practitioner with training in homoeopathy, auricular acupuncture and nutritional advice.
Mode of Communication between Teachers and Parents
The school maintains a very open communication channel with parents. The school has a portal where parents can access information about their child. Parents also receive newsletters and emails from the school. On the first Tuesday of every month, an interactive workshop – Parent Cafe’ is held at the school.
The school also has a Parent Council. The Parent Council plays an active role in the organisation of school life. The council works closely with the school’s administration, teachers and the school board. The parent council comprises of a parent’s representative and a deputy from every class that are elected at the beginning of the year. The parents’ council is divided into three sub councils namely Kindergarten, Primary School and Secondary.
The school has a Parent’s Notice Board at the main entrance next to the canteen. The board enables communication among the school community. Information is also available on the school website under the news section.
WhatsApp groups are made as per school years and parents are welcomed to join the groups to keep themselves updated. To join the WhatsApp group, parents are requested to contact the school administration.
Parents can also communicate and receive news on the school’s social media pages such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Youtube.
GERMAN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL DUBAI Contact Information
- Telephone Number: +971-4-456-2718
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- General Enquiries: email@example.com
- Admission Enquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org
- DISD Website
- DISD Facebook
- DISD Twitter
- DISD Youtube
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