The ABCs of education in Germany (School Holidays in Germany (6 weeks of…
The ABCs of education in Germany
Gymnasium lasts from about age 12 to 18 or 19.
About 1/4 of the children go to Gymnasium
The literal translation of ‘high school
School Holidays in Germany
6 weeks of summer vacation
2 weeks of winter vacation
1 week of autumn vacation
2 weeks of spring vacation
German School Hours
8:00am - 1:00pm
For children up to the age of about 12 there is an after school program.
High School in Germany
In the last year of Grundschule the decision is made as to whether pupils will attend the Hauptschule , Realschule, Gymnasium, Gesamtschule is offered in some regions in Germany as an alternative. It combines these three types of high.
Another option for the parents is to send their children to a Gesamtschule (comprehensive school) which is attended
by students of all different abilities.
Students can also take their final exam (Abitur) at a so-called 'Kollegschule' which is associated with the Gesamtschule.
The final half of the elementary school children are sent to the Hauptschule.
After a student graduates from a Hauptschule they can
go on to a vocational school, which lasts about two years.
Teaches basic skills, including one foreign language, and prepares its pupils for
apprenticeship or an unskilled or semiskilled role in the job market
about 1/4 of the children attend Realschule.
t's possible to transfer from a Realschule to a ‘Gymnasium’.
After 6 years, the students graduate with a diploma the Mittlere Reife.
There are currently about 3,000 private schools in Germany, many of them boarding schools. These schools often have a longer school day.
German education system also includes vocational schools called Berufsschule or Berufskolleg, where students
normally aged between 16 and 19 can undertake a range of work-directed studies such as economics and specific business studies. These studies are usually directly related to an apprenticeship.