Senior Year Around The World: Germany

((The second post in our Senior Year series is here!))

Hey,


My name is Lea and I'm from Germany, to be more detailed, from the state of Bavaria. I‘m one of the thousands of students in Senior year. Right now, I'm in 10th class/grade of a Realschule, I think in England it is similar with a secondary school. 

Here in Germany our school-system is a little bit different, but I want to try to explain it: 

First all kids go to the Kindergarten, maybe you know it by the name playschool. After Kindergarten they have to go to elementary school, which we call Grundschule. At the end of class 4 they have to choose (out of 3) which school they want to go to. The choices are: Mittelschule (you know it with the name secondary School), Realschule (higher secondary School) or Gymnasium (grammar School).

The difference between these three Schools is that the Mittelschule takes until class 9, the Realschule until class 10 and in the Gymnasium its variable. If your School has the G8 you will go to School until class 12. By G9 you will go to School until class 13.

As you know I choose the Realschule. When I get my finals certificate this year I will be finished with the Realschule. Every Realschule can be different, so I will only talk about my own. When you are in class 6 you have to choose a subject area to specialise in. Here, we have four options:

Mathematics and science: What the name says, the main focus is on science; like physics, chemistry and maths. At the end of Class 10 you will write final exams in:
Maths I (hardest kind of maths)
Physics
- and the final exams that everybody must write, German and English.

Business Administration: All things you will need to know in a company, like business, law or Business Administration computing. The final exams are:
Maths II ("the normal maths")
Business Administration
and of course German and English

Art: Can you draw nicely? That is maybe the question you asked yourself when you choose this area, but you also have to learn art history, and I think that is not easy stuff. The final exams are: Arts, German, Maths II and English.

Now we are arrive at my subject area: 

French. (Some also call it "Language Arts") I know it is super boring and hard to learn (I apologise to any French people, I don't mean to offend you!). The only benefit is that I will not need to study French again at a Gymnasium. That’s the best thing. Of course I also study subjects like Physics and chemistry or Business Administration, the difference is that I won't write my final exams in this subjects. My final exams are Maths II, French, German and English.

I'm only 15 yet, and I think I'm too young to start work after Senior Year. Instead, I have chosen to further my education at a G9 Gymnasium. You have one year longer to learn the stuff for your final exams, in 13th grade. But for now I'm also in the Senior Year. Do you understand what I mean? I hope so.  


Now, more about me:  I started writing my blog, My Crazy World July last year.  I write about my life, do it yourself things and a series I called German words (in which I explain German words to you in English.) I think that is all I can say about my blog, I know it is not perfect and so on.
So, in my opinion that was really most of the information about the German School System. I hope you enjoyed reading about our Senior Year :)

Thank you very much for contributing, Lea! For more posts by this author, visit her blog My Crazy World

7 comments:

  1. Seems interesting...though that blog link to her blog doesn't exist you should check that

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  2. Lea, the school system in Germany is so interesting to me! It's completely different from here in the U.S. and seems a lot more complicated, but I like the fact that you can choose your course of schooling so early on - we don't really have that here. Good luck with the rest of senior year!

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    1. Hey Allie,
      Thank you that you interested in in. Oh yes, the difference is huge. I also wish you a wonderful senior year and good llook for all your exams.

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    2. Hey Allie,
      Thank you that you interested in in. Oh yes, the difference is huge. I also wish you a wonderful senior year and good llook for all your exams.

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  3. Lea, the school system in Germany is so interesting to me! It's completely different from here in the U.S. and seems a lot more complicated, but I like the fact that you can choose your course of schooling so early on - we don't really have that here. Good luck with the rest of senior year!

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  4. The German school system is so different than America's! I'm with Allie in how I think it's so cool that you can pick your own schooling path. Thanks for sharing and enjoy the rest of your year!

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    1. Oh, thank you (I know I am really tard)
      I think the problem of choosing so soon in your life is that you also have to good marks to choose the school you want sometimes it isn't so easy because you can't go to your dreamschool because of it. I think every school system has things the people they go with don't like. :)

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