German International School Cape Town

German International School Cape Town

German International School Cape Town


German International School Cape Town is a German international school in Cape Town, South Africa. The school has English and German streams, available for primary school, middle school, and high school.

Our Vision

In this dynamic world we provide our learners with skills and values to become balanced, capable and responsible members of our global society.

Our Mission

We are a bilingual German International School offering both South African and German university entrance qualifications.

Unlocking Talent
We offer our learners an outstanding academic education through individual support and the opportunity for each child to develop academically, socially and personally according to his or her full potential.

German Philosophy of Education 
We empower our learners according to the German philosophy of education which emphasises independent and critical thinking, problem-solving and autonomous learning. We encourage our learners to take initiative, to collaborate and adapt confidently to changing circumstances.

German Language
We foster a culture of languages at our school. The German language, which is central to our school, is key to a multitude of opportunities, nationally and internationally.

Building Bridges
As a German International School in South Africa, founded on Christian and Humanistic values, we build bridges between societies and cultures. We embrace our diversity and foster exceptional social and environmental consciousness, open-mindedness and mutual respect.

History of the School

1875    Purchase of a property for the construction of a school by the St. Martini parish, Cape Town
1883    The Deutsche St. Martini School was founded
1903    Initial financial assistance by the government of the German Reich
1930    The school becomes the responsibility of the School Association
1961    Name changed to DSK.  Move to the new building, financed to a great extent by the Federal Republic of Germany.
1964    First Matric examination at the DSK
1978    Inauguration of the Arthur-Painczyk Sportsfield
1981    Admission to the DSK open for children and young people of all races
1983    Inauguration of the new swimming pool + 100 Year Celebration
1984    Construction of the natural sciences classrooms
1987    Introduction of the Third Language Stream
1989    first German Post-Matric [Abitur] examination at the DSK
1992    Olympiad of the German Schools in Southern Africa at the DSK for the first time
1994    Construction of the new hostel
1995    Inauguration of the 2nd Primary School in Bellville. “Music Festival“of the German schools in Southern Africa at the DSK
1997    Inauguration of the Gisela-Lange-Music Hall and the renovated Konrad-Taeuber-Hall
1998    Relocation of the Primary School from Bellville to Parow
2002    Complete new design of the school playground
2003 Official opening of the 2nd computer room
2006 Inauguration of the Gisela Lange Music Centre
2008 Anniversary celebrations 125 years DSK, creation of the sculpture “School Time”
2009 Interactive Whiteboards in all rooms Gr 5 and above
2009 First combined German International Abitur/NSC exams
2010 Inauguration of refurbished science labs by the Premier of the Western Cape, Helen Zille
2010 Inauguration of the first solar power plant, which provides electricity to 6 class rooms
2011 Opening of a second English language class in grade 5
2011 BLI (Bund-Länder-Inspektion) German Seal of Quality for Academic Excellence
2012 Sports Olympiad
2013 Orchstra Festival of the German schools in Southern Africa
2013 New building: library, 8 class rooms and multi-function room


Textbook – order

The order forms for the books used in were handed out to all learners this week. Orders can be done electronically under:
Please take advantage of this opportunity. Support our school by ordering in time!
For better control please keep a copy of your order.

Welcome to our beautiful DSK Media Centre with a view!  Our library is well stocked with current literature in German, English, IsiXhosa, Afrikaans and French.  The library doubles up as a media centre with computers, laptops and printing facilities for learners and teachers.
We would love to hear from you if you have any suggestions/ideas for the library and we will do our best to accommodate you.  Book recommendations are welcome so please feel free to pop in
Please note:

  • A valid student card must be presented at all times when taking out books or laptops.
  • As much as we are thrilled that our learners enjoy reading, it is important that the books are returned on time.
  • Loans are for a period of 2 weeks.


Opening hours

Student Library Textbook Library
Monday 07h00 to 15h30 07h45 to 14h30
Tuesday 07h30 to 16h00 07h45 to 14h30
Wednesday 07h00 to 15h30 07h45 to 14h30
Thursday 07h30 to 16h00 07h45 to 14h30
Friday 07h00 to 13h15 07h45 to 13h15

School Textbook Library

Information regarding the handing out of text books belonging to the school
  • No textbooks/readers will be loaned out without a valid student card.
  • No books or fines may be outstanding from the previous year.
  • The books are issued to each Grade on a certain day and during a specific lesson. Exact dates will be advised timeously.
  • At the end of the school year, or if a learner leaves the school during the year, the books must be returned as a complete set.
  • To safeguard himself/herself each learner must enter his/her name in ink into the list provided in front of the book.
  • As long as a learner has a book which belongs to the DSK heis responsible for that book. Should the book be lost or damaged beyond repair the replacement value of the book must be paid. The plastic cover with which each book is covered, serves to prolong the life span of the book and must be treated with care. For this reason each book must be covered once more. No self-adhesive covers please! Extra clear plastic covers for almost all books can be purchased at the textbook library.
  • Damaged or broken CD’s will be fined with R 30.
  • Under no circumstances may any writing, crossing out or doodling be done in any of the borrowed books.e-mail:

Contact Details:

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Phone+27 21 480 3830