Wann muss ich mein Kind einschulen?

In Germany, for all children who reach 6 years old on or before the 30th June, schooling is compulsory. Before, there will be a school entrance exam to asses the child’s level of development. Usually, there is a medical part where height and weight are measured and hearing and eyes are tested.

The second part is about language, motor skills, understanding of numbers and quantities as well as general behaviour. You can find out about the schools in the region by visiting the websites for the cities and counties:

How does the German school system work?

Each state in Germany has its own school system.

This region is in the state of Lower Saxony. Here, children who reach 6 years old on or before 30th June start the first year of primary school (primary level). They stay at primary school until they have finished year 4. Each child is recommended for a secondary school according to their performance.

The child then attends secondary school until completion of year 9 or secondary high school until completion of year 10. Then there is the possibility to start an apprenticeship. Schools can also recommend switching to a grammar school if the child achieves very good exam results.

Children attend grammar school until they finish year 12 or 13. Their final exam is called the “Abitur”, or university entrance exam. It is a prerequisite for studying at a university. However, after year 10, there is also the option of applying for a subject-linked higher education entrance qualification at a technical college to get into, for example, a university of applied sciences.

What types of schools are there?

Secondary schools, secondary high schools and grammar schools can be individual facilities or mixtures. A comprehensive school comprises all three forms.

In addition to public schools, there are also private schools which are subject to fees.