School attendance for children and teenagers is compulsory in Germany.
Compulsory education is subject to the constitutions of the federal states. In Rhineland-Palatinate all children who complete their sixth year of age prior to the 31st of August, are sent to school.
In Germany, children first go to elementary school, then to secondary school.
In Rhineland-Palatinate there are basically the Realschule Plus, a type of combined middle and secondary high school for ages 10 to 16, academic high schools or grammar schools (Gymnasium) and comprehensive schools (Gesamtschule).
At the Realschule Plus and the comprehensive schools students can complete the compulsory basic secondary schooling (Hauptschulabschluss) or obtain the intermediate school certificate (Mittlere Reife, British GCE or O level). At academic high schools or grammar schools students take their school leaving examination qualifying them for university entrance (A level), the Abitur certificate or Allgemeine Hochschulreife. Furthermore, there are schools for children with special needs like physically or mentally disabled children (Förderschulen).
In Rhineland-Palatinate it is also the children of refugees who are obliged to attend school.
Central contact point and information centre
Central contact point and information centre for students without or with little knowledge of German:
At the Adolf-Diesterweg-Realschule plus (room B2.1)
Phone: 0151 14 58 15 46 or 0151 14 58 15 34
Opening hours: Tuesday and Thursday 9.50 am to 1.15 pm.
The central contact point and information center was initiated to facilitate the entrance into school life for boys and girls with migrant background. There, the previous school career is clarified and advice is given as to which school is to be chosen for the child.
The identity card, birth certificate and the last report card (translated into German) are to be submitted upon school registration.