The German school system
I'll tell you about my own school first. I go to the German Swiss International School here in Hong Kong. Basically, it's a system you could describe as "2 schools under one roof". There's the international stream, which follows the British school system, and there's the German stream, which follows the German one.
I'm not sure why that's like that, but that's how it is with all private schools here. We have one headmaster, who is and has always been German. The faculty includes staff from lots of countries, but of course especially local, German, Swiss, British and Australian teachers. Some teachers only teach in one of the streams, while others may teach in both. My school has over 1,100 students, while only about 400 of those are German, so you can imagine the classes are pretty small and mostly they only have one class for each grade level.
German schools abroad
The subjects that are taught at my school are: German, English, mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, RE, PE, French/Latin, Fine Art, music, history and geography. In the last 3 years of school, you can choose some subjects and drop others though.
Classes are mainly informal at German schools. There are generally no uniform requirements at any German school, other than possibly at some private boarding schools.
My school offers a wide variety of extracurricular activities. There
are those, which are called "Arbeitsgemeinschaften", for which you don't
pay any money and it's just in the afternoon with a teacher. They are like
clubs in American schools. And then there are the activities for which
After primary school, there are 2 years of secondary school, which are designed to evaluate students' potential. These are in 5th and 6th grades, and are the so-called "Orientierungsstufe" = orientation level.
From the 7th grade, sudents are then placed in one of three types of
Only students that have successfully passed the "Abitur" are generally
allowed to go on to university or college.
Photo from sports day: The German Swiss International School
Underwater picture: The German Swiss International School
Photo of "fashion show": Private
Sportsday: Students checking their results at a sportsday at the German Swiss Int'l school.
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