Secondary School II Programme

Deutsches Internationales Abitur (DIA)

At the German School New Delhi upper secondary classes in the grammar school are taught a prescribed set of subjects remaining in their homeroom group. These subjects can no longer be split up into different courses. The option to choose either an advanced or basic course is no longer available at overseas schools.

Completion of the German International Abitur  (DIA) is the main focus of the DSND. This exam has been specially devised for German overseas schools with the objective of strengthening the international character of the overseas schools. The examination is basically the same as a normal German Abitur from the legal point of view and is also recognised as such worldwide. 

Information on Individual Subjects


There are three written and two oral examinations. It is compulsory to take a written German examination, however students are free to choose the others from their set subjects.


Bilingual and Foreign Language Instruction in English One of the leaving certificates issued at the DSND is the so called German International Abitur  (DIA) According to the examination regulations up to 50% of the required subjects can be taken in a foreign language. Therefore preparation for this starts at the secondary I level. At DSND History and Geography are taught in English. History and Geography are taught bilingually in German and English at DSND. History is taught in theme linked blocks either in German or English. For students newly admitted to the school whose proficiency in English is weak there are special transitional rules (interim arrangements).


French is the compulsory second foreign language at the DSND. French is taught from grade 6 onwards through to the Abitur. New entrants to the school with a different foreign language are given adequate time to achieve the grade appropriate level. During this time they are not graded in this subject. Students who join the DSND in 10th grade with no prior knowledge of French can take “French Classes for Late Beginners”. These classes have to be continued through to 12th grade. Having finished French or an other language as a second language after 4 years without any break, Chemistry can be chosen in grade 11 an 12 instead of French.


Ethics replaces religious instruction classes as a compulsory subject in grades 11 to 12.

Information and Communication skills / Laptop Classes (Secondary II)

We support students in their quest to master current information and communication technology. Primary school students will have access to laptops if this is required for their school work. From 5th grade onwards regular workshops are offered to enable students to work with computers, software applications, spread sheets and presentations. From 10th grade students are required to bring their personal laptops. The school provides them with their own closed network.

Career Counselling

In the grades 9-12 the school organises a careers advice weekend. Experts present their jobs, explain the qualifications required and offer a Q and A. A workshop involving the students in job application skills conclude the weekend session. In grade 12 individual career counselling is offered covering college admissions and job applications.

In grade 11 students are given information pertaining to colleges and universities as well as job opportunities. In grade 12 the students are prepared individually for college/university application.

Subjects in secondary school level II

Subjects Grade 11 Grade 12 Language
German 5 4 -
English 4 4 -
French / Chemistry* 4 4 find more information under "Individual Subjects" French
History 3 3 bilingual German - English
Geography 3 3 English
Mathematics 4 5 -
Physics 3 3 -
Biology 3 3 -
Music / Fine Arts 2 2 one subject of one's own choice
Ethics 2 2 -
Physical Education 2 2 -