How do I get to the 10th grade

The school system in Baden-Württemberg

Pupils with a determined entitlement to special needs education can, at the request of their parents, attend an inclusive education program at a general school or a special needs education and advice center (SBBZ). In principle, all educational qualifications of the general schools can be achieved in the general schools as well as in the special needs education and advice centers. The special education and counseling centers and the state school authorities help parents and general schools to find the right specialist support in individual cases.

Media education: Planet School
The education ministries of the states of Baden-Württemberg, Saarland and Rhineland-Palatinate provide a common platform in cooperation with the SWR and teachers. Under "Planet Schule" free school materials such as films, worksheets and interactive offers as well as teaching concepts can be downloaded. In this way, media-based teaching is facilitated and promoted.

Overview of the Baden-Württemberg school system

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Changes in the 2017/2018 school year in Baden-Württemberg

Education plan reform
A comprehensive education plan reform has been in force in Baden-Württemberg since August 2016. It currently applies to grades 1 to 3 of primary schools and grades 5 to 7 of secondary level I. A far-reaching structural innovation is a joint, qualification-related education plan for secondary level I of Werkrealschule, Hauptschule and Realschule.
Competency-oriented educational plans are created from traditional curricula or framework plans that are shaped by material and content. The contents of the educational plans are based on six main perspectives:

  • education for Sustainable Development
  • Education for tolerance and acceptance of diversity
  • Prevention and health promotion
  • Professional orientation
  • Media education
  • Consumer education

All-day elementary school
The state places a focus on the expansion of all-day primary schools. The municipalities can choose between two forms of all-day school: a mandatory and an optional form. In the case of the mandatory form, all pupils of the school take part in the all-day operation; in the case of the optional form, parents and pupils can decide whether they participate in the all-day operation or not.

School trial: G9 model schools
At a total of 44 general high schools in Baden-Württemberg, pupils can take the Abitur after nine years. There is a clear encouragement for the nine-year school variant. However, since it is a school experiment, there is no legal entitlement to a place in a G9 class. The attempt has been extended so that the last admission to class 5 is planned for the school year 2024/2025. However, there are no plans to expand the experiment beyond the existing schools.

School experiment: tablets at high school
Baden-Württemberg wants to use the opportunity of digitization and examine how students can be supported in learning by tablets. Since 2016/2017, a total of four high schools have received the corresponding hardware and software as well as additional hours and further training measures. The technology is to be used primarily in the subjects of mathematics, English, history and natural sciences in grades 7 to 9.

Scientific calculator in high school
In the central Abitur examinations, the use of a scientific pocket calculator is planned from 2017 at the vocational high schools and from 2019 at the general high schools. Graphical pocket calculators, typical functions of a computer algebra system (CAS), the ability to transfer data and programmable pocket calculators are not permitted.

The primary school in Baden-Württemberg

school enrollment
All children who turn six by September 30th are required to attend school. In addition, children who turn six by June 30 of the following year can also be enrolled in school at the request of their parents. The headmasters decide on enrollment.Subjects / organization
The upbringing and instruction in primary school pays special attention to the emotional, psychomotor, intellectual and social level of development of the children. The consistent principle of the four-year elementary school is the interdisciplinary work. The children should also be taken seriously in their different interests and needs and should be led to cooperate with one another.
School-age children and children who are postponed from attending school can be made ready for primary school by attending primary school support classes. In Baden-Württemberg, the first foreign language, English or French, is taught from grade 1.
With its all-day school concept, Baden-Württemberg places a special focus on the educational quality of all-day offers. In addition, so-called pool hours are available to the primary schools in order to better cater to children with higher educational needs.

Proof of achievement / grades / transfer regulations
All students are promoted to 2nd grade. For the promotion to the 3rd class, the grade “poor” may be achieved in German and mathematics in no more than one subject. In order to be promoted to the 4th grade, the subjects German, mathematics and the subject group Human, Nature and Culture must be achieved at least twice as “sufficient” and once at least “insufficient”. In exceptional cases, the class conference can decide to transfer a student even if the stipulated performance is not met. The class 3 annual report card contains an additional general assessment. In class 4, a half-year report is issued for the first time, at the same time as the school recommendation.

Comparative work
All federal states uniformly conduct the study of learning levels in the third grade in the subjects German and mathematics VERA 3 by.
With IGLOO (International Primary School Reading Study) /PIRLS (Progress in International Reading Literacy Study), an international comparative reading test in the fourth grade is carried out every five years in all 16 federal states. In 2016, Germany took part in IGLU / PIRLS for the fourth time.
Germany also participates in TIMSS (Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study). The focus of this study is on the mathematical and scientific competencies of elementary school children. It is carried out every four years, most recently in 2015.

Transfer regulations
Since 2011, parents have been able to decide on their own responsibility which type of secondary school their child should attend after primary school. Until the upcoming school career decision is made, the parents are supported by regular advice from the primary school right from the start. The primary school recommendation expresses the school's assessment of a suitable school connection after primary school. The recommendation is issued together with the class 4 semi-annual report. As a further aid to decision-making about the transition, parents can also use a specially qualified counseling teacher as part of the special counseling procedure.