Courses and Descriptions

The Upper School provides a well-balanced education for some 890 students in Grades 6-12, delivered by 92 faculty members. While there is no separation between Middle School and High School, developmentally appropriate practices and accommodations are made at each grade level, with the majority of faculty teaching across all grade levels.

For detailed course descriptions, select a grade level from one of the choices below and then click on the desired course name within each frame.

Grading Criteria in the Upper School

The following grading scale (1-7) is used for students in Grade 6-12, and is based on IB Diploma criteria.

7 – Outstanding work, in which you apply relevant skills, knowledge and concepts almost faultlessly, with sophistication. Your work shows exceptional judgement, maturity, insight and analysis; it also shows marked independence, originality and flair.

6 – A very thorough application of relevant skills, knowledge and concepts. Your work shows very sound judgement, maturity, insight and analysis with independence and originality.

5 – A thorough application of relevant skills, knowledge and concepts. Your work, on the whole, shows sound judgement, insight and analysis with some independence and originality.

4 – An adequate application of the main relevant skills, knowledge and concepts. Your work shows some evidence of reasonable judgement, insight and analysis.

3 – A partly successful application of the main relevant skills, knowledge and concepts. There has been little evidence of reasonable judgement, insight or analysis. Your work may show clear difficulties in some areas and you may need extra support.

2 – A very limited application of the main relevant skills, knowledge and concepts. Your work has not shown evidence of judgement, insight or analysis. Your work shows marked difficulties in several areas, even with extra support.

1 – Little or no evidence of any ability to understand or apply the basic skills, knowledge and concepts, even with extra support. Your work has not shown evidence of judgement, insight or analysis.

Download a PDF version of the grading scale listed above.

Grade 6-8 Curriculum Content Overview

Courses that count as a full credit:

  • English language and literature or ESL
  • Mathematics: number, algebra, geometry, statistics and probability, discrete mathematics
  • Science: physics, chemistry, biology (each year)
  • Humanities: geography and history
  • German: native/fluent or as a foreign language
  • Spanish or French: foreign language only
  • Dutch, Japanese, Korean or Swedish: native/fluent only
  • ESL or Learning support

Courses that count as a partial credit

  • Physical education and health
  • Band, Choir, Music
  • Drama
  • Visual Arts
  • Design and Technology
  • Junior Media and Journalism
  • Product Design
  • 3D Art
  • Digital Media and Broadcasting
  • Computer Technology
  • Print Making

Grade 6

Arts (Performing and Visual)

English/Humanities

Enhanced Learning

Languages (or electives*)

Dutch

English as a Second Language for students new to English

French

German

Korean

Spanish

Mathematics & Science

*Electives offered in lieu of language course include:

  • Junior Media and Journalism
  • Product Design
  • 3D Art

Physical Education and Health

Grade 7

Arts (Performing and Visual)

English/Humanities

Enhanced Learning

Languages (or electives*)

Dutch

English as a Second Language for students new to English

German

French

Korean

Spanish

*Electives offered in lieu of language course include:

  • Junior Media and Journalism
  • Product Design
  • 3D Art

Math & Science

Physical Education and Health

Grade 8

Arts (Performing and Visual)

English/Humanities

Languages (or electives*)

Dutch

English as a Second Language for students new to English

French

German

Korean

Spanish

*Electives offered in lieu of language course include:

  • Digital Media and Journalism
  • Computer Technology
  • Print Making

Math and Science

Physical Education and Health

Grade 9 Curriculum Content Overview

Courses that count as a full credit:

  • English language and literature or ESL
  • Mathematics: number, algebra, geometry and trigonometry, statistics and probability, discrete mathematics
  • Science: Biology, Physics or Chemistry
  • Humanities: one semester each of geography and history
  • German: Native/fluent or as a foreign language
  • Students may take one of the following as their elective: Spanish or French, foreign language only
  • Dutch, Japanese or Korean: native/fluent only
  • ESL or Learning support
  • Computer technology

Courses that count as a half credit:

  • Physical education and health
  • Students choose three of the following:
    • Music
    • Drama
    • Dance
    • Visual Arts
    • Design & Technology

Grade 9

Grade 10 Courses

Arts (Performing and Visual)

English/Humanities

Electives (One Semester each)

  • Environmental Science and Societies
  • Sports Science
  • Business
  • Economics

Languages

Dutch

English as a Second Language for students new to English

French

German

Japanese

Korean

Spanish

Mathematics & Science/Computer Science

Physical Education and Health

    • Physical Education
    • Health (Semester1)
    • Exploratory Workshops (Semester 2), which includes topics like leadership, ethics, critical thinking, relaxation, mindfulness, how the brain works and more.

Grade 10 Curriculum Content Overview

Students enroll in nine classes (PE and Health count separately). All classes are year-long, full-credit courses except for PE and Health, which are 0.5 credits each.

Required Courses

  • English 10 or ESL
  • Mathematics
  • Science (one of the following):
    • Biology
    • Physics
    • Chemistry
  • Humanities (one of the following):
    • World history
    • History of the Americas
    • Geography
  • Physical Education/Health
  • German: Native/fluent or as a foreign language

Students choose two of the following electives:

  • ESL
  • Learning support
  • Spanish or French: foreign language only
  • Dutch, Japanese or Korean: native/fluent only
  • Music, Theater Arts, Visual Arts, Dance
  • Media Studies, Creative Writing/Journalism
  • Biology, Chemistry or Physics
  • World History, History of Americas, Geography, Business/Economics, Psychology, Computer Technology, Graphics Programming, Design Technology

Grade 11 Courses

Arts (Performing and Visual)

English/Humanities

Business

Creative Writing/Journalism

Economics

English

Geography

History

Media Studies

Psychology

Theory of Knowledge

Languages

ESL

French

German

Japanese

Korean

Spanish

Mathematics & Science

Biology

Chemistry

Computer Science

Design & Technology

Environmental Science

    • IBDP Environmental Systems and Society

Math

Physics

Sports Science

Grade 12 Courses

Arts (Performing and Visual)

English/Humanities

Business and Economics

Creative Writing/Journalism

English

Geography

History

Media Studies

Psychology

Theory of Knowledge

Languages

ESL

French

German

Japanese

Korean

Spanish

Mathematics and Science

Biology

Chemistry

Computer Science

Design & Technology

Environmental Science

Mathematics

Physics

Sports Science

Primary School
Alfred-Lechler-Str. 10
61440 Oberursel, Germany
+49 (0) 6171-2024-500
Elementary/Upper School
An der Waldlust 15
61440 Oberursel, Germany
+49 (0)6171-2024-0
Wiesbaden Campus
Rudolf-Dietz-Str. 14
65207 Wiesbaden, Germany
+49 (0) 6127-9940-0
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