About DHPS


The DHPS (Deutsche Höhere Privatschule Windhoek) is an integrated German-Namibian school and excellent German School Abroad with a dual system, which is supported by the Federal Republic of Germany.

At our school the Cambridge Certificate as well as the Deutsche Internationale Abitur (DIA) can be acquired. In the German stream we also offer the "Haupt- & Realschulabschluss" secondary school qualification.

Besides the Cambridge certificate the learners of the English stream have the opportunity to acquire the German language certificate (DSD I and DSD II). Our pupils are taught by qualified teachers from various countries including Germany and Namibia in a multi-cultural environment on very spacious school grounds. The lingual diversity found at the student body and the council of the DHPS is almost unique. We are teaching children with mother tongues like German, English, French, Afrikaans, Oshiwambo, Nama, Damara and Otjiherero. Therefore our scholars have many opportunities to experience enriching cross-cultural encounters, starting from kindergarten up to Grade 12.

Besides a recognized high academic educational standard the DHPS offers a wide variety of extramural activities.

A long tradition as an exceptional school in Namibia (founded in 1909) combines the DHPS with the values of openness to the world and tolerance used by us as guidance for our pupils.

Jörg Przybilla
Schulleiter - Principal

Jörg Przybilla

Vision & Mission

We are a German-Namibian school of encounter, which offers learners of different ethnic and linguistic background a basis for common and excellent shaping of their future.

Social responsibility, ethical values, mutual respect and open communications play a central role in this regard. We enrich our school life through dedicated learning, teaching and by (extra)- curricular activities.

The complete Mission Statement is available here.

Mission Statement:

  • Unity in Diversity – various cultures learn together
  • Competitiveness - flexible and solution-oriented minds for the future
  • Sustainability - environmental and social responsibility
  • Cooperation - stronger together
  • Language - Language competence for a globalised world

DHPS - School song

History of the DHPS

Some important dates of DHPS school history:
  1. January 19th, 1909

    19 January, 7h00: Opening of the “kaiserliche Realschule” (KRS) in Windhoek with 12 learners.

  2. 1921

    German is introduced as tuition language up to Grade 8 in government schools.

  3. November 18th, 1929

    German is introduced as tuition language up to Grade 8 in government schools.

  4. 1940

    Renaming of the "Deutsche Oberschule" to "Höhere Privatschule" (HPS).

  5. 1941

    First Matric exams (Joint Matriculation Board).

  6. October 28th, 1949

    28 October Foundation of the Deutscher Schulverein Windhoek (1949).

  7. November 30th, 1962

    Deutche Höhere Privatschule (DHPS), re-introduction of 13th academic year. 30 November / 1 December: First oral examinations under the extended supplementary examination (Deutsche Hochschulreife=Abitur).

  8. 1977

    Decision of the Annual General Meeting at the beginning of 1978 academic year, to open the school for children of all ethnical groups.

  9. 1988

    20 foreign-language secondary section learners start in Standard 6.

  10. 1995

    HIGSCE is introduced.

  11. 1995

    English Branch as from Grade 5.

  12. 1999

    Foundation of the pre-school.

  13. 2004

    New primary section for children, whose mother-tongue is not German, is opened.

  14. 2007

    Introduction of the DIAP (Deutsche Internationale Abiturprüfung).

  15. 2007

    First NSSC-exams.

  16. January 19th, 2009

    19 January - start of the centennial celebrations and first day at school.

  17. March 9th - 15th, 2009

    9 - 15 March week of celebrations.

  18. 2009

    First DIAP examination after 12 years of school.

  19. 2009

    Last Abitur examinations after 13 years of school.

  20. 2012

    Introduction of the first brass class in Southern Africa.

  21. 2015

    Expansion and opening of the new kindergarten- and pre-school premises.

  22. 2017/2018

    Renovation of gym hall.

  23. 2018

    Introduction of bilingual classes as of Grade 5 – Strategy 2018.

About DHPS

Campus Development

Our progress depends on:
Continuous development and improvement of our school campus for the benefit of our young and older learners not only is a very special concern, but also our focus of school development at the DHPS.

Sports Facilities

State-of-the-art equipment, functionality and accessibility: Since 2018, our gym is shining in a new look and is one of the most modern sports facilities in Namibia. The Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany has financially supported the renovation and expansion of the gym to the tune of 1.2 million euros (almost 17 million NAD). Ample space for movement, barrier-free access, special spectator stands, built-in sports equipment and brand-new technology – for maximum fun in PE classes.

Classroom Equipment

The ideal learning environment in line with international education standards: All our classrooms are equipped with state-of-the-art Smartboards. The media rooms boast professional computer workstations with fast Internet connection. Our learners also enjoy the brand new, ergonomic school furniture.


We attach great importance to a sustainable approach to our environment. This is reflected in the energy-saving solar systems: one for hot-water generation in the boarding school and one for power generation. We also irrigate (only if absolutely necessary) with semi-purified water, recycle all our waste and try to use paper sparingly.

School premises

Such a large school campus requires a lot of work and maintenance: the kindergarten & pre-school area were completely restructured and modernised. The Child and Youth Centre was revamped, all sanitary facilities were renovated, our gym shines in a new look and even the stage in our auditorium got a touch up.

Outdoor area

Our spacious campus in the heart of Windhoek stands out with sports fields, swimming pool and even our own beach volleyball court. The outdoor premises and playgrounds of the kindergarten, pre-school, boarding school, Child & Youth Centre and pre-school were extensively renovated and equipped with new jungle gyms, sand pits and much more.

Sound engineering & music

Our auditorium meets the latest technology standards: The professional sound technology and audio system is not only a great asset for our technology extra-mural, but also turns every event into a great success. The DHPS auditorium can also be booked for external activities. The DHPS music department - e.g. the brass classes - was equipped with new instruments and the Steinway grand piano has been restored professionally.

Find us here!

11-15 Church Street
Windhoek, Namibia

We look forward to welcome you, please contact us by phone, personally or via Email!

About DHPS

Contact us & imprint

You can reach us by phone from Tuesday to Friday from 6h45 to 13h30 and on Mondays from 6h45 to 16h00 (local Namibian time).

Our information office is available for personal inquiries every
  • Monday: from 6h45 to 16h00
  • Tuesday-Friday: from 6h45 to 13h30
We look forward to welcome you and your child at the DHPS, to join us on a tour on our (usually sunny) spacious campus.

We would like to put you in contact with the relevant heads of the sections to give you a detailed insight on our interesting offer.


Deutscher Schulverein Windhoek (1949)
Deutsche Höhere Privatschule Windhoek

  • Incorporated association not for gain – Reg.No. 21/472
  • P.O. Box 78 ∙ 11-15 Churchstreet ∙ Windhoek ∙ Namibia
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