Primary school

The primary school consists of 4 years/grades in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Afterwards, all students attend the orientierungsstufe or orientation for two years. The orientierungsstufe aims to provide the children with the opportunity to develop their potential and to choose a professional/educational plan.

After the orientierungsstufe, the parents decide which school their child attends next; the school only provide a suggestion to help them in their decision. There are three options:

Regionale Schule

The Regionale Schule starts with the 5th grade, and student can graduate upon successfully finishing the 9th or 10th grade. The Regionale Schule prepares your child for career orientation at an early stage. Here your child can acquire the Berufsreife (after 9th grade) or the Mittler Reife (after 10th grade). Any of these school-leaving certificates suffice for starting vocational training. Students with Mittler Reife and good scores, can transfer to a Gesamtschule or gymnasium and do their Abitur.

Gesamtschule

The Gesamtschule starts with the 5th grade and ends with the 10th or 12th grade. Here your child can acquire the Berufsreife, the Mittler Reife or the Abitur. There are two types of berufsreife (after 9th grade) or the Mittler Reife (after 10th grade):

With a Berufsreife or Mittleren Reife, your child will be able to start vocational training. With an Abitur, he/she can choose between vocational training and university education.

Gymnasium

The Gymnasium starts with the 5th grade and ends with an Abitur at the end of the 12th grade. In Gymnasiums, students have to study intensively and be very diligent. Those who leave the Gymnasium after the 9th or 10th grade often automatically obtain the Berufsreife or Mittleren Reife. With an Abitur, he/she can choose between vocational training and university education.