Can someone change schools after 11th grade?

The school system in Saxony

Overview of the Saxony school system

Read more information about the school system in Saxony:

Changes in the 2017/2018 school year

Amendment to the School Act
With the entry into force of the new School Act, a number of changes will result. Among other things, the moratorium on school closings and the all-day concept are enshrined in law and co-determination and self-administration rights are strengthened. On January 1st, 2018, the Saxon Education Agency and the Saxon Education Institute will be united in the State Office for Schools and Education.
The current changes to the school law and regulations at a glance:

Educational and educational mandate
The educational mandate in Saxony is clearly formulated and sets future-oriented priorities:
> Everyday and life skills
> Communication and media education
> Awareness of democracy and tolerance
> Intercultural education

Opportunities to participate
Since the 2017/2018 school year, the grammar school has also been open to students with a recommendation for secondary school. The will of the parents is decisive.
Members of the independent schools are now also able to participate in the state parents or student council. In addition, a class representative can be chosen from the 1st grade onwards at all schools. The opportunity to participate in the school conference is being expanded to include school social workers and representatives of the school development association and after-school care center. Students can set up a class council.

School continuation
The school closure moratorium that has been in effect until now is anchored in the School Act. Existing elementary schools outside of middle and high centers require a minimum of 60 students and a class size of 12 students to continue. High schools can remain in place with at least 20 students per class. Gymnasiums may temporarily have two instead of three entry levels. This is to ensure that schools close to home are maintained as long as there is a need.

All day offers
The all-day offers in general schools are also legally stipulated from the 2017/2018 school year. School social work resources are available to all types of schools.

School responsibility
The schools' greater freedom and personal responsibility, which had already been introduced and tested in recent years, is now also regulated by law. Schools can thus plan the deployment of their teachers themselves more flexibly and - within pedagogical and didactic limits - determine the lesson content themselves based on the curriculum. Cross-year classes and expanded pedagogical concepts, for example to make the transition to high school easier, are now easier.

Freedom of learning aids
According to the learning materials ordinance, public schools in Saxony must provide textbooks and textbook-like learning materials free of charge. This includes not only school books, workbooks and copies, but all printed materials that are equivalent to school books, for example atlases, dictionaries, text collections, formulas or other reference works. From the 2017/2018 school year, the school authorities must also provide graphical pocket calculators on loan free of charge if their use is stipulated in the curriculum and the examination regulations.
The parents only bear the costs for consumables and supplies, i.e. pens, staplers and paper, rulers, compasses and the like, sportswear and personal musical instruments.

From the 2018/2019 school year, the parents will decide whether a child with special educational needs will be taught at a general special needs school or integratively at a regular school.
The following applies to the priority areas of learning, emotional and social development: In a pilot phase up to the school year 2023/2024, primary schools can voluntarily waive the determination of special educational needs before starting school or in grade 1. Instead, these schools receive additional personal support. After the evaluation of the test phase, it will be decided whether Saxony will generally dispense with a determination procedure for funding needs in the future.

School network planning for vocational training
The offer of the vocational schools is to create a comprehensive offer through centralized school network planning, in which the previous differences between urban and rural areas are compensated. From the 2018/2019 school year, there will be a minimum of 550 students per vocational school center. However, it may be undercut under certain circumstances.

The primary school in Saxony

school enrollment
All children in Saxony who reach the age of six by June 30th of the school year are compulsory. Early enrollment of children is possible at the request of the parents.

Subjects / organization
The four-year elementary school is divided into the school entry phase and grades 3 and 4. Grades 1 and 2 can be run as an educational unit. Here the lessons are partially or exclusively organized across grades. All students learn English from grade 3 onwards.

Proof of achievement / grades / transfer regulations
Pupils move up from 1st to 2nd grade without being promoted. You can extend the start of school by one year with the consent of your parents. A promotion takes place at the end of class 2 if all subjects have achieved sufficient results. If one of the grades is worse, the learning and work behavior will decide on the transfer. After the 3rd grade, pupils are transferred if they fail at most once in one of the subjects German, mathematics and general science. However, an inadequate performance may then also be present in at most one other subject outside this subject group. In primary school, pupils can voluntarily repeat a grade once.

Comparative work
All federal states uniformly conduct the study of learning levels in the third grade in the subjects German and mathematics VERA 3 by.
With IGLOO (International Primary School Reading Study) /PIRLS (Progress in International Reading Literacy Study), an international comparative reading test in the fourth grade is carried out every five years in all 16 federal states. In 2016, Germany took part in IGLU / PIRLS for the fourth time.
Germany also participates in TIMSS (Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study). The focus of this study is on the mathematical and scientific competencies of elementary school children. It is carried out every four years, most recently in 2015.

Transfer regulations
All students receive an educational recommendation in the first half of the 4th grade. If the average grade in the subjects German, mathematics and general science is 2.0 or better, and if none of these subjects were given a worse grade than satisfactory, the student receives a recommendation for a high school. If a student does not achieve these results, he receives an educational recommendation for the secondary school. At the request of the parents, pupils can also attend a grammar school with the recommendation for secondary school.