A scholar’s High School career starts in grade 8 at Hermannsburg. Certain subjects are semesterised, with summative examinations in June, in order to cover the work more effectively – this has found favour with teachers, scholars and parents. With the end of grade 9 comes the end of the Senior Phase, and subject choices are made. The subjects offered include Accounting, Business Studies, Geography, History, Life Science, Music, Physical Science & Visual Art. German is offered at either Home Language or Second Additional Language level.
In grade 10, scholars start the Further Education & Training (FET) phase. For this phase they must choose a minimum of seven subjects at the end of grade 9, which they will pursue to matriculation at the end of grade 12. English Home Language, a First additional Language (Afrikaans or isiZulu), Life Orientation and either Maths or Maths Literacy are then compulsory. Hermannsburg is committed to preparing all for completing their grade 12 year successfully, ending with the IEB NSC examinations.
The IEB has been chosen as it prepares scholars to think independently to a greater extent than many other exit assessments. The research, critical thinking and creative thinking approaches used by the IEB, in conjunction with its international benchmarking set it apart as the best combination of local and international NSC option. Results show that IEB scholars are better prepared for the National Benchmarking Tests and have a better throughput at tertiary levels.