ABC's of the German Schools (German school hours (ends around 1pm,…
ABC's of the German Schools
German school hours
ends around 1pm
this is only if there is not many extra activities
The school day starts at 8am
High School in Germany
In the last year of Grundschule (usually the fourth year), the decision is made as to whether pupils will attend the Hauptschule (fifth to ninth year), Realschule (fifth to tenth year).
The system is quite rigid with the pupils placed into the different types of schools based entirely on their academic performance.
School holidays in Germany
The children generally have six weeks of summer vacation, one week of autumn vacation, two weeks Christmas/winter vacation and two weeks of Easter/spring vacation.
‘Gymnasium’ lasts from about age 12 to 18 or 19 and is required for anyone planning on tertiary education.
At least two foreign languages are required, (one being English and the other is generally Latin, French or Spanish).
About a quarter of the children go to ‘Gymnasium’. It has nothing to with sports or any kind of physical education .
After six years, the students graduate with a diploma called the Mittlere Reife.
About one quarter of the children attend Realschule where they learn the basic subjects which will prepare them for a mid-level job in business.
Its’ five-year programme teaches basic skills, including one foreign language, and prepares its pupils for apprenticeship or an unskilled or semiskilled role in the job market.
The final half of the elementary school children are sent to the Hauptschule.
Students can also take their final exam (Abitur) at a so-called 'Kollegschule' which is associated with the Gesamtschule.
Another option for the parents is to send their children to a Gesamtschule (comprehensive school) which is attended by students of all different abilities.
There are also international schools at which the classes are taught in English. Often the curriculum is designed to prepare students for the International General Certificate of Education (IGCSE) and the International Baccalaureate
The exception to the rule in this whole system is the private schools. There are currently about 3,000 private schools
German education system also includes vocational schools called Berufsschule or Berufskolleg, where students normally aged between 16 and 19 (but in some cases also up to 23 years).