Our school

Dr. Stefan Schulze

Head teacher

We educate the Europe of tomorrow

We are an “excellent German school abroad” and have been offering a wide range of courses for over 40 years, in addition to German schooling based on German curricula – from our entry group for two-year-olds to the German Abitur and the German-French double exam Abibac.

Our motto: We are building the Europe of tomorrow! Every day, in an international context on the Eurocampus and at the Lycée Victor Hugo, our pupils not only experience contact with other languages, but also a wide range of intercultural experiences that prepare them for the demands of the globalised world.

In small classes and support groups, we can adapt particularly well to their strengths and weaknesses and, in addition to subject matter, teach them skills that extend far beyond school: they take responsibility for their own learning process, learn to think critically and acquire creative problem-solving skills.

With families and employees from different nations, we are a diverse and open-minded school community that makes it easy for new students, new parents and new colleagues to integrate into our school.

Facts & Figures

The school at a glance
Our tradition
  • Founded in 1973, sponsored by the German School Society Toulouse (DSVT).
  • Private school, recognised by the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Federal Republic of Germany (KMK) and supported by the Federal Foreign Office through financial aid and seconded teachers from Germany.
Our educational offers
  • Kindergarten from 2 years
  • Primary and secondary school
  • Qualifications: Secondary school leaving certificate, Realschulabschluss, German International Abitur / Abibac
Our language profile
  • English Grade 5-12
  • French Grades 1-12 at three levels:
    Foreign language basic and advanced level, national language
  • History and geography in French from grade 8 (Abibac)
  • Trilingual Project: Art & Music in Grades 6 and 7 in cooperation with the Collège Victor Hugo
  • Cambridge Certificate
Our supervision
  • Kindergarten and primary school: all-day care from 7.30 a.m. to 6.15 p.m.
  • Secondary school: classes until 3.50 p.m. or 5.00 p.m.
  • there is no school Wednesday afternoon
Our two sites
  • Kindergarten and primary school as well as grade 5 of the orientation school on the Eurocampus in cooperation with the International School of Toulouse.
  • Secondary school grades 6-12 at the Lycée International Victor Hugo
Key-figures
  • 100 places in the kindergarten
  • Around 300 pupils, of whom around 150 are in secondary school I + II
  • 43 teaching staff
  • 27 specialist staff in the kindergarten and in all-day care
Our international partners
  • International School of Toulouse on the Eurocampus
  • Lycée International Victor Hugo
  • British Section at the Lycée International Victor Hugo
  • Lucie Aubrac Primary school in Colomiers
Our achievements
  • 2010 & 2017 Seal of Quality “Excellent German School Abroad”   from the Federal and the State Governments
  • Graduation rate 100% in all courses of education since 2011

Our Guiding principles

The Deutsche Schule Toulouse is a recognised German school abroad with a German educational objective. Embedded in an international environment, we see ourselves particularly as a place of encounter and exchange. Our students should be enabled to participate in the dialogue of cultures as self-confident members of a constantly changing world community with openness, tolerance and respect.

These values and goals, which apply equally to the school’s internal interaction, are the guiding principles for our daily actions.

Your child in good hands

We are a diverse team of committed colleagues, most of whom are German speakers and some of whom are French native speakers.

In this way, we meet the requirements of a German school abroad in France and can support both French and German speaking children individually in their foreign or second language acquisition.

Our strengths: What makes our school special

Trilingual

German, French, English

We work according to German curricula and the language of instruction is German. With French and English, the pupils learn two further languages at a very high level.

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Already in primary school, we differentiate between mother tongue and foreign language in German and French lessons. This makes it easier for children who do not speak German as their mother tongue to enter the German school through lessons in German as a foreign language/second language.

Our Francophone pupils expand their competence in French in our mother tongue-oriented French lessons in accordance with the requirements of French schools. For German children, we offer French as a foreign language, mostly at two levels, depending on prior knowledge.

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Joining from 2 years old!

In this group we look after children from the age of 2 and all children who are not yet 3 years old in September. Very young three year olds can also be accepted in this group. A completed cleanliness education is not a prerequisite.

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In the course of the kindergarten year, the children have the opportunity to leave their group in order to go on a journey of discovery in other group rooms of the kindergarten and to make first contacts with other adults and children. They are accompanied by a teacher from the first group and supported by the teachers from the other groups.

In this way, we would like to make the start for young kindergarten beginners at the German School Toulouse gentle and child-friendly, as well as pave the way for their school career at the DST at an early stage.

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Abibac

Two school-leaving qualifications in one

Many graduates of the German School are already studying in France. And this is now made even easier. Since 2015, we have been preparing students for the simultaneous acquisition of the Abitur and the French Baccalauréat at the German School.

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Our goal is to double the young people’s future opportunities with the double Abibac qualification. From Year 8 onwards, we prepare some of our pupils for this challenge through bilingual lessons in history and geography.

Very different groups of pupils are to benefit from this offer. On the one hand, the bilingual lessons offer French pupils of the DST subject lessons also in their mother tongue. On the other hand, German pupils interested in languages gain additional insights into the host country France and its language and deepen their intercultural skills.

In 2020, the first Abibac students took the double school-leaving examination at the German School. They took part of the Abitur exams in French. They have been well prepared for this by francophone teachers at the DST in previous years. They are thus well prepared for studies on this side or the other side of the Rhine and for the European labour market.

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Individual support and challenge

With our support, children and young people develop personal and professional skills to lead successful lives. In an atmosphere of mutual respect, we promote the development of each individual.

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Our counsel

Competent, comprehensive, effective

The counselling service at the German School provides competent support for students, teachers and parents with a variety of issues. Our school social worker and our learning counsellor help with learning difficulties and other problems in the school area by offering individual support and information evenings.

What comes after school? We support our graduates in choosing an apprenticeship or a field of study with regular career orientation events and work placements.

 

Our support of talents

Musical, artistic, sporting

Targeted encouragement is an important part of our teaching from the very beginning. It is very important to us to awaken musical abilities in our children. In addition to the regular lessons, our pupils have the opportunity to learn the recorder or to sing in the school choir. With public performances such as the annual Christmas concert, they enrich the cultural life in our environment. School events strengthen the sense of unity and the joy of music. Our specialist teachers in art and sport also motivate the children and encourage their talents, which they can then demonstrate at exhibitions or sporting competitions.

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Secured all-day offer

With an all-day offer, kindergarten and primary school make an important contribution to social education.

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Afternoon

In addition to fixed times in the morning and afternoon, we offer additional activities for school and kindergarten children on four days. These are based on the interests of the children and the age structure within the group.

The school canteen provides a healthy and balanced lunch, which is prepared on site. Afterwards, there is a fixed programme for primary school pupils with homework supervision, lessons or targeted leisure activities. Some of the afternoon activities take place in French. The afternoon activities in the kindergarten, with a varied pedagogical focus, take place in both French and German.

Two further childcare phases before classes start in the morning and in the evening complement the kindergarten and primary school offer. This early and late care model (Garderie) is also available to children of the International School of Toulouse. It thus offers the pupils of the Eurocampus another opportunity for intercultural encounters.

Wednesdays

Traditionally, there are no classes on Wednesday afternoons in France. This leaves time for our “Wednesday School”, where children between the ages of 6 and 11 playfully learn German under the motto “Envie de parler l’Allemand?”. Advanced learners can deepen their knowledge in a separate course.

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Digital learning

Digitalisation has significantly changed all aspects of our daily lives over the last decades. Therefore, the German School Toulouse has taken up the challenge to include digital learning and the development of the necessary competences in its portfolio. How can digitalisation help us to better teach our students? How do our students learn to use digital media responsibly and navigate the media landscape safely?

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Our IT strategy is therefore based on the pillars of competence building, promoting new collaboration methods and using digital tools to better illustrate the teaching material. Our goal is to support the high quality of our current teaching through digitalisation and to give our students the necessary competences in an age-appropriate style and “along the way”.

What does this mean in concrete terms? We incorporate digital media early and playfully into the learning process and, for example, use digital boards in class for illustration and collaboration. In addition, we offer to familiarise ourselves with topics such as programming, robotics and 3D printing. You’d have to be a pupil once again…

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Intercultural from the ground up

Exchange and encounter

Through regular educational projects with our local French and English partner schools, the Lycée International Victor Hugo, the École Primaire Lucie Aubrac and the International School of Toulouse, our pupils learn very early on to approach people from other countries and to communicate successfully with them through direct encounter and personal exchange.

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A unique project is our trilingual art and music classes in grades 6 and 7 and trilingual geography classes in grades 8 and 9. The children are taught in mixed groups with their French and English peers from the Lycée International Victor Hugo, each in the native language of the German, English and French teacher.

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School life

Our school is characterised by a lively learning and a strong sense of togetherness. Many clubs, projects, cultural events, trips, excursions or participation in competitions offer space to live out individual interests.

Parent engagement

Constructive & with each other

Our parents are an important element in the vibrant school life at the DST. They get involved with different tasks at different levels.

Representing interests:
Involvement in the committees

Parental involvement

Commited to the community:
Friends of the DST

Friends of the DST

The german school association Toulouse

Preservation and development

We are a state-recognised German school abroad, financed by school fees and subsidies from the Federal Republic of Germany. The school is run by an association under French law, the Deutsche Schulverein Toulouse (DSVT). It is this association that makes a German school in Toulouse possible in the first place.

In addition to the school administration, it is the school association that supports and accompanies the development of our school. It creates the framework conditions for the preservation and further development of the German School Toulouse. All members of the school association, mainly parents of students of the German School, are entitled to vote in the general meetings. They elect an honorary board of directors from among their members, which represents the association externally and internally.