June 13, 2015
I graduated from the German School (DSW) in 2003 and am now sending my children there. I cannot recommend the school highly enough. If you are deciding between the DSW and other private/public schools in the area, here are some points to consider:
/// Different Teaching Style ///
- Less homework, because there is less emphasis on repetition. I spent about half as much time on homework as my friends at Whitman HS. For example, I would have to solve only two math problems of a particular type, while they had to solve five.
- Greater class participation, as this can count towards up to half of students’ grades. The continued emphasis on class participation from an early age means that students are more confident.
- Students study multiple sciences and languages throughout high school. As opposed to the US system, the class schedule is different for each day of the week. By meeting less frequently during the week, students can take multiple sciences, multiple languages, social studies, art, music, and PE, simultaneously. The school week is more varied, the tendency to burn out is much lower, and homework for one subject is not necessarily due the next day.
/// Competitive Advantage for Higher Education ///
- From my graduating class, students went on to Yale, Princeton, Stanford, UVA, NYU, Carnegie Mellon, and universities in Germany.
- Students can participate in multiple sports and clubs. This means students can fill their college application with the following: varsity soccer, varsity basketball, theater, choir, model UN, school newsletter, yearbook, etc.
- The bicultural and bilingual environment means that students have a uniqueness factor on their college application that they can’t get at other schools.
- The DSW opens up the opportunity for studying at a university in Germany at a fraction of the cost of US colleges.
- There is less competition between students in the battle to get into a good US college, which can be cutthroat at other schools. This reduces stress and makes for a more collegial atmosphere in the last two years of high school.
/// My experience at the DSW was very rewarding academically and socially. I felt very prepared for my studies at an Ivy League college. The DSW community is tight-knit, inclusive and welcoming of newcomers. I am very happy with the education my children are receiving in the DSW kindergarten.
- submitted by a parent