Which school is the right one?

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The school system is different in each federal state of Germany. However, general compulsory education applies to everyone and the grading system is the same. School-leaving certificates acquired in the individual federal states are recognized anywhere in Germany.

The school system in Germany

Compulsory education

Which school should my child attend?

The German grading system

What if a child doesn't speak German yet?

Are there any alternatives to public schools?

My child has a specific difficulty or special educational needs


If you have difficulties with a teacher, contact the school administration. In case your problem is with the school management, contact the school office ("Schulamt“) in your district.

Here you can find detailed information on the schooling system in your federal estate of residence. These pages will be prepared gradually, so if the relevant page for you is not there yet, make sure you visit this page again later.