Berlin's school system

Das Berliner Schulsystem

The transition to secondary school follows after the one- to three-year initial phase of school education and generally four more years in a primary school. This transition is also possible after four years if that appropriate levels of performance have been achieved.

1 Primary school and the initial phase of school education

The transition to secondary school follows after the one- to three-year initial phase of school education and generally four more years in a primary school. This transition is also possible after four years if that appropriate levels of performance have been achieved.

2 Comprehensive school

In a comprehensive school students learn together from their first year to their final year. All school leaving qualifications are possible here. Career orientation and internships provide first impressions into the working world.

3 Integrated secondary school

A change to the Integrated Secondary School (ISS) usually takes place after the sixth form. All school leaving qualifications are possible here. The Abitur is taken in Year 13 and is the basis for studying at a university or higher education institution. Career orientation and internships provide first impressions into the working world. In a few cases the ISS starts starting in form 5 or even form 1.

4 Gymnasium

In a Gymnasium (grammar school/high school) students can achieve the Abitur after twelve school years. It entitles them to study at a university or higher education institution. The first year in the Gymnasium is a trial year.

5 Vocational Gymnasium / Upper Level Centre (OSZ)

In addition to the Vocational Gymnasium (upper level secondary school), the vocational schools offer a wide variety of options for professional qualifications – from preparation for vocational training to vocational training and the intermediate school leaving qualification to general or university of applied sciences entrance qualification.

Qualifications

  • Abitur = Higher education entrance qualification
  • MSA = Intermediate school leaving qualification
  • EBBR = Advanced vocational qualification
  • BOA = Vocational qualification
  • BBR = Vocational qualification

The MSA and EBBR require a qualification process with an examination. The transition to the upper secondary school requires, among others, the MSA at the advanced level with a final grade better than or equal to 3.0 and entitlement to transition to the introductory phase of the upper secondary school.

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