July 5, 2012
The German and American School Systems
Although German students and American students start at around the same age, and both attend Kindergarten and their goals are the same, the school systems are very different.
The German School System
German children start Kindergarten at around the ages of four to six years old. They attend five days a week. Kindergarten starts, on average, at eight in the morning and usually ends around one in the afternoon. They start learning the basics of reading, writing, math and a foreign language; most times this will be English. Secondary language skills are taught throughout the remainder of their school years.
Primary school begins at around the ages of six to seven years old. The students attend Primary school until they are around fourteen to fifteen years old. Students attend classes for forty-five minutes in each subject studied. Every day begins with foreign language class.
Secondary school I begins in the ninth grade, at around age fourteen or fifteen. The students attend school three days a week and start an apprenticeship. During this apprenticeship, the student is a salaried part-time apprentice of the institution, doctors’ office, bank, or Attorney’s office and others.
Secondary school II begins in the eleventh grade, at around age sixteen. The student’s apprenticeship is then extended to four or five days a week and classes one or two days a week. The student will learn all of the economics of the job that they are training for and often are hired by the employer that is sponsoring their apprenticeship, once they have completed their studies at school. After completion of the thirteenth school year, the student can either join the workforce or continue their education at a University.
German schools are regulated by...