The elementary school in Berlin usually takes up to 6 years to accomplish. If your child wants to go to a Classical language High school or "Altsprachiges Gymnasium" (Latin and ancient Greek), then he/she usually should leave elementary school after the 4th grade. Exceptionally gifted children can finish the primary school after 4 or 5 years and immediately start secondary school. If your child has difficulty in the first two years of primary school, he/she may have to stay in elementary school for one year longer.
After the elementary school, parents decide which school their child should attend next. The current school usually recommend a secondary school they consider right for the student. There are three types of secondary school in Berlin:
- Integrierte Sekundarschule