Compulsory Schooling

A teacher teaches pupils

What is compulsory schooling?

In Germany, every child is obligated to go to school after their sixth birthday. Compulsory education exists for ten years of schooling or up to a person’s 18th birthday. A release from this obligation is essentially impossible

The film “Berlin School”, which explains the school system in Berlin, is found on the “website of the Senate Department for Education, Youth and Family Affairs(link to film)” in German, Romanian, Bulgarian, Turkish and Arabic:https://www.berlin.de/sen/bjf/service/publikationen/videos.

More information about schools and education is available under schools.

How do I find a school?

Children, who possess a low or non-existent knowledge of German, as a rule, first of all enrol in a welcome class in which they learn German. Newly immigrated families with school-aged children without or with a low level of German are to contact the coordination centres for welcome classes of the district in which they live. There, the language level is tested and an appropriate place in a school is assigned to the child. A leaflet for those new to Berlin on school registration and a summary of the coordination centres can be found in German and English “here(link to website of Senate Department for Education, Youth and Family Affairs)”:https://www.berlin.de/sen/bildung/schule/berliner-schulen/schulwechsel-nach-berlin/. For refugees, specific information (in German and English) can be found “here(link to website for Senate Department for Education, Youth and Family Affairs)”:https://www.berlin.de/sen/bjf/fluechtlinge/.

There are also different types of schools in Berlin. This includes schools where youths that have arrived in Germany after their 16th birthday, which is the end of obligatory school attendance, may still acquire a diploma. There are also schools where vocational training may be acquired.
More information about schools and education is available under schools.