The ABC's of German Schools (Gymnasium (About a quarter of the…
The ABC's of German Schools
German school hours
A lot of extracurricular activities.
a fee is charged based on income
school day starts at 8am and is generally over by 1pm
About a quarter of the children go to ‘Gymnasium’
Nothing to with sports or any kind of physical education
Is used for the literal translation of ‘high school’
age 12 to 18 or 19
is required for anyone planning on tertiary education
At least two foreign languages are required
13th grade students prepare for the Abitur
fails more than two subjects will have to repeat the whole school year.
examination that students in general need to pass in order to the tertiary level.
currently about 3,000 private schools in Germany
often have a longer school day
exception to the rule in this whole system
International schools at which the classes are taught in English
Prepare students for the International General Certificate of Education (IGCSE) and the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma.
attended by students of all different abilities.
can also take their final exam (Abitur) at a so-called 'Kollegschule' which is associated with the Gesamtschule.
five-year programme teaches basic skills, including one foreign language,
The final half of the elementary school
learn the basic subjects
mid-level job in business.
one quarter of the children attend Realschule
After six years, the students graduate with a diploma called the Mittlere Reife.
next step is normally a vocational school
Berufsschule or Berufskolleg
normally aged between 16 and 19
usually directly related to an apprenticeship.
School holidays in Germany
six weeks of summer vacation,
one week of autumn vacation,
Two weeks of Christmas/winter vacation
two weeks of Easter/spring vacation.
High school in Germany
You move up in years spent in further education based on your performance
Children are placed in different schools based on their performance
last year of Grundschule (usually the fourth year)