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In Germany children at the age of three years can go to the “Kindergarten”.
After Kindergarten, at the age of six or seven years, they go to the “Grundschule”. This takes four years.
Depending on school grades, the “Grundschule” is followed by “Hauptschule”, “Realschule” or “Gymnasium”.
The “Gymnasium” takes nine years. The last two years are called the “Abitur” which end up in examinations. If you pass the “Abitur”, you have the possibility to visit universities.
The “Realschule” lasts for six years. The graduation is called “Mittlere Reife”. Here you have the possibility whether to make a professional education, to visit a vocational school or to make the “Abitur” by hindsight.
The “Hauptschule” takes only five years and most of the pupils start an apprenticeship afterwards. But you also have the possibility to visit further studying schools.
– One lesson lasts for 45 minutes.
– The scale of grades range from 1 to 6. The best grade is 1.