What is the German Curricular Stream (Gymnasialer Bildungsgang)
- An additional course for suitable students at St. Kilian’s German School
- Lessons at Gymnasium level in German in selected subjects
- Preparation for the Irish final JC and LC examinations and a German leaving qualification (Realschule) or the qualification required in order to study in the upper secondary school classes from year 10 in a German Gymnasium
Who can take part?
- Suitable students with German as a foreign language or as their mother tongue who are able to meet more challenging demands, have the ability to develop higher order thinking and who are willing to work hard and independently.
- Requirement for students with German as a foreign language: good grades in German (see Eligibility Guidelines)
- Requirements for students with German as their mother tongue and students studying German as a foreign language: suitability for the educational course of the Gymnasium (see Eligibility Guidelines):
a) Students meet the requirements of the Orientation Phase in classes 5 and 6 (in the introductory phase in the academic years 2015/2016 and 2016/2017: the first two years in which the student is taught according to the Gymnasialer Bildungsgang count as the “Orientation Phase“).
b) Fulfil the requirements of the Versetzungsordnung (regulations governing the passing or failing of a class) in years 7–10 (in the introductory phase in the academic years 2015/2016 and 2016/2017: the Versetzungsordnung will be implemented after the two-year Orientation Phase).
How is the Gymnasialer Bildungsgang organised?
- Increased number of German lessons and subject teaching through German in selected subjects:
- Mathematics lessons through German and English
- History, Biology (and Chemistry) lessons through German
- No lessons in the timetabled English language Science curriculum in years 7-9; however, students can access voluntary supplementary English language Science after school; in 10th class (TY) revision Science modules are taught through English.
- Intensive support for and supervision of the participating students
- No Sprachdiplom I exam in year 9
- Sprachdiplom II exam in year 12
- Fulfilment of the requirements of the KMK
- Straightforward integration of students returning to a German Gymnasium or a German Realschule
- Opportunity for ambitious students with German as their mother tongue or as a foreign language to meet higher academic demands
- Deepening of general knowledge and abstract thinking
- For students with German as a foreign language: intensive study of German at a very high level, good preparation for the Bilingual programme and the Bilingual Leaving Certificate
- Certificate of special academic qualification for all students (unique in Ireland)
Correlation with the Irish Secondary School curriculum
- Fulfilment of all the requirements of the Irish Secondary School curriculum
- Irish Junior Certificate and Leaving Certificate qualifications
- Re-integration into the Irish curriculum if students find the demands excessive
- In Secondary School there are voluntary supplementary Science classes through English for Sek1 students; in 10th class (TY) modular revision of the Junior Certificate Science curriculum through English, so that Science subjects may be selected in 11th and 12th class with no difficulty
- Modified TY programme