New Secondary School

The mainstream school has been the new secondary school since September 1, 2012. All lower secondary schools will be transformed into new secondary schools by the year 2015/16. Established on a broad legal basis, the new secondary school provides joint schooling for all 10- to 14-year olds that is open to all students who have completed the fourth grade in primary school. All lower-level secondary academic schools are encouraged to become new mainstream schools.

The New Curriculum

The new mainstream school curriculum combines the traditional achievements of the lower-level secondary academic school with a new learning and teaching culture. The focus is on an orientation towards the potential and talent of the children. Education counselling and a vocational orientation provide an optimal basis for subsequent decisions on future educational and vocational development.

Apart from eliminating separation of children into different educational avenues too early on, a central feature of the new secondary school is broad implementation of a new learning culture based on individualization and inner differentiation. This means that every child and his or her individual capabilities and talents can be encouraged. Children are given sufficient time and assistance to learn the material at their own speed. Furthermore, they have additional resources at their disposal early on to help actively develop their particular talents.

In the instruction, the joint acquiring of subjects and contents in the foreground stands gives, what the student/interior the possibility the learned knowledge not only to represent, but rather the things to understand and to grasp. The use of new media is also a part of the curriculum.

E-learning not only facilitates an interactive knowledge transfer, but at the same time trains a critical approach to new media such as the internet.

The integration of all students regardless of their origin, as well as gender equality for all children are designed to sensitize students as well as enhance their social abilities, such as respect, consideration, tolerance and an unprejudiced awareness.

At many new secondary schools, the school day care offers students sufficient time and the possibility of absorbing what they have learned. Numerous artistic, creative, sporting and scientific activities ensure that afternoons also include relaxation time, and that students are able to enjoy meaningful recreational activities.

Tuition at New Secondary Schools

Instruction at new secondary schools follows the curriculum for new secondary schools, and is organized by teachers from lower secondary schools and academic and technical / vocational secondary schools working together in teams. Depending on their educational achievement, successful completion of a new secondary school entitles students to attend a more advanced medium or upper level school. Individual learning strengths and achievement are recorded in a “supplementary differentiating performance report” that is issued in addition to the certificate. From the seventh grade on, decision-making on educational development is accompanied by regular parent-child consultation.

Geändert am: 06.04.2018

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