Learning Support Centre
The Learning Support Centre helps students with special educational needs (SEN). It provides special therapies and coaching for students with conditions such as dyslexia, dyscalculia or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHS). The Centre also supports students who have emotional learning difficulties and problems arising from preparing for and taking examinations. Furthermore it challenges students with special talents. Private tuition in addition to regular class lessons are available for those who need to catch up on subject content.
English as an Additional Language (EAL support)
Students in the DIS are assessed for their knowledge of English when they enter the school and, based on the results, they are placed in a class appropriate to their level. However, if they need additional support, the EAL Coordinator will arrange for them to receive tuition.
European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL)
The ECDL is an internationally recognised IT user certificate that attests practical skills in the most common computer applications. Four modules, namely the basics of information technology, text processing, presentation skills and spreadsheets will be completed within the regular class. The remaining modules can be completed voluntarily at any time.
Preparation for English language diplomas
Our students can take the following English language examinations:
- Cambridge First Certificate in English (FCE)
- Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE)
- International English Language Testing System (IELTS) – English for academic purposes
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) – for US universities
- Diplomas de Español como Lengua Extranjera (DELE)
- Progetto Lingua Italiana Dante Alighieri (PLIDA) – Italian for academic purposes
German as a Foreign Language
Non-German speaking students take a placement test and, based on the results, are assigned to small groups according to their age and any previous knowledge of the language. The courses are taught by specialist teachers.
Latin courses "Latinum"
After completing obligatory Latin classes in 8th and 9th grades (classes 2 and 3) students can attend optional Latin courses. In total, the Latin courses last 4.5 years, finishing with a certificate in their penultimate semester. Universities accept this Certificate as “Latinum”. As a consequence, students in possession of this document do not have to take any Latin for courses of study requiring Latin.
Extra-curricular language courses
A choice of Spanish or Mandarin is on offer for any student looking to enrich their obligatory curriculum.