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Enrolment Process

Einschreibungsprozess

Choosing a bilingual school for your child’s education is the first step on a very rewarding journey. Learning two mother tongues enable students to see the world from different perspectives, to realise their individual potential, and to become creative and confident participants in the global community.

Our language immersion model together with the well-researched advantages of a bilingual brain prepare our students for today’s global environment.

At DSM students are diligent, tolerant, respectful, environmentally responsible, friendly, creative, confident and, most importantly, happy. We strongly believe that the best way to learn is in a friendly, safe and inspiring environment, and of course with lots of fun. Our warm and welcoming community plays a central role in this. Our many school events contribute to providing our students not only with a rich learning environment, but also a living space where the students feel at home, even after the lessons have finished.

 Important documents for enrolments:

The enrolment process for Australian and international applications are the same. Please refer to the following forms.

Application for Enrolment 50 KB Download Now
Enrolment Policy 50 KB Download Now
Conditions of Enrolment 50 KB Download Now
Fee Schedule 2019 50 KB Download Now

Open Days

Deutsche Schule Melbourne schedules a number of Open Days each year. The Open Days provide an excellent opportunity for families to get to know the school, the bilingual environment and curriculum. Students and parents or caregivers can experience first hand what it feels like being at a bilingual school, meet the teachers and talk with other parents about their experiences at the school whilst enjoying some morning tea.

If you wish to attend one of our future Open Days, please register here or by sending an email including your contact details, the name(s) and date(s) of birth of your child(ren) to .

If you are not available to attend one of our Open Days, you are welcome to contact us for a private school tour. Please fill out the form here and we will contact you as soon as possible to arrange a tour.

We are looking forward to meeting you soon!

Enrolment Procedure

As with most independent schools, places at Deutsche Schule Melbourne are limited and an application does not guarantee placement for the child. The school encourages interested families to apply for enrolment as early as possible.

DSM welcomes applications from families with a German, English or other background. Children who start in the Foundation Year do not have to have any prior German skills. Children that will start in upper year levels will have to undergo a language assessment. This is to ensure the child can follow the lessons in German.

A pre-requisite to enrol your child at DSM is the attendance of a 4-year old kindergarten program.

Additionally, children need to be five years of age on the 1st of January in their Foundation Year. This cut-off date has been set to reflect the academic demands that are required of children in a bilingual school with an early immersion program. It is of utmost importance to us that students have a positive school start and are not only academically but also developmentally mature enough to benefit from our bilingual program.

An exception to that rule are the “School Readiness Assessments” for children born between the first of January and the 30th of April. For more information, please contact the school office at .

To apply for a spot at DSM, we require the "Application for Enrolment" and the following information:

  • Copy of Birth Certificate
  • Copy of passport(s)
  • Copy of Australian visa, if citizen of a country other than Australia
  • Copy of students latest school/kindergarten report
  • Copy of Immunisation Record
  • Description of medical history or Doctor's report, if applicable

Please make sure that your application includes all requested documents. Unfortunately, the school can not process incomplete applications. During the school year it t is always possible to hand in an application.

Enrolment Interview

An important part of the enrolment process is the enrolment interview. We will contact you to arrange a family meeting (both parents and / or legal guardians as well as your child) with the Principal Mrs Bernice Ressel, approximately 18 months prior to the time your child starts school. The meeting has the purpose to answer your questions, get to know your child and your family better and make sure that expectations regarding this important relationship are aligned. 

Offer of Place

If your application is successful, you will receive a written Offer of Place. Once an offer has been made, it must be accepted within 21 days to guarantee placement. To accept an offer of enrolment at DSM, payment of a deposit will be required. This deposit consists of a non-refundable Enrolment Fee of $1,400 and a Bond of $3,000. The Bond only needs to be paid once per family. Once the last child has left the school the bond will be refunded interest-free after all outstanding fees have been paid.

Confirmation of Place 

Upon receipt of the Enrolment Fee and Bond, written Confirmation of Place will be provided. 

Transition Days / Induction Interview 

To facilitate the transition from Kindergarten to Primary School, we hold four transition days before school starts in the period from October to November. We strongly recommend that students attend all four days. These days will give your child the opportunity to become more familiar with the school, the teachers and future classmates over the course of several weeks. Students that start in higher grades or within the school year will have a meeting with the Class Teacher before they start school.