School offers and degrees

Orientation stage

Class 5 is a cross-category orientation stage and forms the transition between our primary school and the secondary school The focus is on learning together and encouraging students according to their abilities. At the end of the orientation stage, parents receive a recommendation for their children’s further school career. This recommendation is made according to clearly defined criteria, including the grades achieved in the main subjects, but also the assessment of the learning and working behavior.

A great advantage of learning together is that the students with their different talents, interests and inclinations learn from and with each other and thus acquire the ability to live together and to show mutual consideration. Open forms of teaching make it possible to vary the demands on the students in the classroom:

  • Different levels of difficulty
  • Different material and media offer
  • Individual help from classmates and teachers
  • Additional tasks
  • Individual processing time
  • Additional hours of support

Career orientation and internship

At the DBSAA, students are prepared for working life after school. The two-week internship in class 9 includes

  • Application training in German and English (application, CV).
  • Analysis of own interests and skills.
  • Support in finding an internship and contact.
  • Visit of the supervising teacher at the workplace.

More information on our study and career guidance page

German language diploma

We offer the examination for the German Language Diploma (DSD I) in the 8th grade. In grade 10 our students take the DSD II exam. The DSD II certificate is regarded as proof of German language skills at level B2 or C1.


The DBSAA is entitled to issue the following German secondary school certificates:

  • at the end of year 9 the Hauptschulabschluss or the qualified Hauptschulabschluss
  • at the end of year 10, the Realschulabschluss)
  • at the end of Year 10, the entitlement to transfer to the qualification phase of the upper secondary school

Lesson shedule

 SubjectClass 5Class 6Class 7Class 8Class 9Class 10
 1. Foreign Language (English)554444
 2. Foreign Language (French)044433
 Economics & Law000021
 Social Sciences000021
 Religion / Ethics111111
 Nature Phenomena100000
 College Prep. Seminar000001
 Physical Education333222
 Methodological and social skills111100

Schedule of lessons

1. period07.40 - 08.25 a.m.
2. period8.30 – 9.15 a.m.
Long break (20min) 9.15 - 9.35 a.m.
3. period9.35 – 10.20 a.m.
4. period10.25 – 11.10 a.m.
Break (15min) 11.10 - 11.25 a.m.
5. period11.25 a.m. – 12.10 p.m.
6. period12.15 – 1.00 p.m.
Lunch break1.10 – 1.55 p.m.
7. period1.55 – 2.40 p.m.
8. period2.45 – 3.30 p.m.

Lunch break as before for students with afternoon classes in the 6th or 7th hour

Double lesson blocks are possible 1st/2nd or 2nd/3rd hour, as well as 4th/5th or 5th/6th hour.

Afternoon lessons: usually as double lesson blocks

Bell intervals : start of lessons, start and end of the big break, end of the lunch break

The ringing at the beginning of the lessons and the end of the breaks is done by “pre-ringing” for 2 minutes.

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