The school primarily charters to expats, with only one parent working. The other parent generally spends a lot of time at the school gathering information that is otherwise not being made available, which creates a 1950ies small town Germany feel. The German government sets the curriculum (very good) and has created de facto a job-exchange center for teachers (ZfA). However, the school is really run by a board of parents. The school is underfunded (Germany cuts its support annually) and many of the things that are standard at other schools are missing (e.g. a guidance counselor). The attempts to open the school to non-expats (as German companies lack funds to send people over) so far are aimed at attracting parents that are dissatisfied with their school districts, rather than making the school overall more attractive. Hopefully, the new director in 2013 will get the school somewhat out of its time warp. However, the leadership at the primary school will remain weak. The principle was rehired directly by the school after the ZfA did not renew her contract and recommended to hire somebody local to make the school appealing to a wider audience (make it a Begegungsschule).
Private school funded in part by German government. Almost all classes tought in German, some in English. Very small community consisting of around 350 students form Pre-K through 12. Seniors receive bilingual Abitur as of 2008/2009. Large part of student body consists of children of German, Austrian or Swiss Diplomats. Most only stay at the DSNY for an average of 3 to 5 years. School curriculum is influnced by German school system. A strong focus on the Sciences and German hIstory and literature is the consequence. Homework load is minimal, however class participation is rated very highly. In all a very good school that challenges it's students and offers an open-minded education.
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