Deutsche Schule Kobe/ European School (DESK) offers an attractive and challenging education from Pre-Kindergarten to Middle Years.
Being committed to providing an exceptional education, we foster international mindedness, critical thinking, inclusion and respect for diversity, and the willingness to act with integrity and compassion.
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All teachers at DESK are responsible for facilitating language development.
Language is an expression and a product of culture. By learning a language children are more able to understand and participate in cultural activities. Children are therefore encouraged to cherish and develop their mother tongue. Learning more than one language, children are given the means to become open minded citizens of the world.
In DESK, German and English are used as languages of instruction. For children who speak Japanese as a first or second language, the school provides Japanese language classes based on the curriculum used in Japanese public schools. Japanese, English and German are also taught as foreign languages.
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The Saturday school of Deutsche Schule Kobe/European School is a Saturday morning school open to children with an English, German or French speaking background. Spanish is currently being considered for the near future.
This course is designed to meet the demand from parents for an English, German or French program structured to the specific needs of children who desire to master the language or to enhance their skills.
We offer classes to children from pre-school to Grade 9. The school year consists of 30 weeks with 2 terms. Lessons are conducted by our qualified native teachers based on the curriculum designed according to the students’ year level and competency. In addition to our educational program, we hope to provide an opportunity not only to the children but also to the parents to become a part of the foreign community by joining our Saturday School.
Pre-Kindergarten class is for children from 2 to 3 years old, irrespective of the language spoken at home, and it prepares the children for Kindergarten. Children can attend the class, which is conducted in English, 3, 4, or 5 days a week (parents can choose the days) and enrollment is possible any time of the year.
The Pre-Kindergarten school year is divided into three trimesters.
1) Colors and Shapes
2) Animals and Food
3) Body and Family
The children in the Early Years are from 3-5 years of age, and come from all over the world. The curriculum followed is the IBO PYP programme, which the children spend two years studying before they graduate to Pre-school. Over the course of two years, students will study 8 PYP units that provide a platform of inquiry into the main trans disciplinary themes of the PYP.
Deustche Schule Kobe, European School is aligned with the German curricula and therefore children aged 5-6 years are enrolled in Preschool (children aged 6-7 belong to Grade 1).
Primary School guarantee a smooth transition from kindergarten to school.
The curriculum of the school is driven by the Units of Inquiry found in the PYP Programme of Inquiry. Every year we carefully reflect and consider whether we should change the UOI based on the reflection. The curriculum offers a holistic and encompassing approach to the learning of academic, social, emotional and physical opportunities and challenges of learning. The students learn in a integrated, collaborative, hands-on, purposeful and service/action orientated learning environment. Learning is led by inquiry through 6 conceptual , transdisciplinary themes.
The decision to embark on the path to Middle School came about after years of planning and preparation. It will start small but will grow and become as enriching as the school’s PYP program. In general, we have small classes throughout the school and, in the Middle School, the anticipated ratio will be no more than 10 students to one teacher. Grade 6 and 7 will be available in 2015/2016. Grade 8 in 2016/2017, Grade 9 in 2017/2018 and Grade 10 in 2018/2019.
A new building will be constructed, annexing the current one and is to be completed in April 2016. The building will be a flexible learning environment, adaptable to different learning experiences and group sizes. Our learning spaces reflect an optimal use of technology as a tool for learning and living.
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These two weeks have been a blur of events and I am just slowly coming to terms with all the learning that Preschool has achieved this week. Firstly, my apologies go to not writing...
Go xi fa tsai! Preschool was introduced to Chinese New Year this week, starting with a very fun game of Dragon Tag. Each pair was a dragon in charge of protecting their own tails...
The 3 pictures show grade 5 students finishing their project in their art lesson. They worked in 3 different groups on 3 different ideas.
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Number of students (excl. Pre-K and Early Years)
Rate of Students with foreign parent(s)
Children/Teacher ratio in Pre-K/Early Years
Average students per class
Foundation Year in Kobe
Million JPY. Cost of our Competitive PYP Tuition Fee
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