Allow a change of school to another type of school

A change of school type takes place regularly after attending primary school. In the 4th grade of the primary school, all pupils receive a recommendation for further school attendance from the 5th grade. This recommendation is not binding. You can also enroll your child in another type of school. It is also possible to switch between the types of lower secondary school under certain conditions. If your child is identified as having special educational needs, you decide whether your child should attend a special school or take part in inclusive lessons - usually at a focus school. The specific school to be attended is determined by the school authority.

In the event of a change, the following documents are required: Change from primary school to lower secondary school: Half-year report of the last year of primary school the registration form received from the primary school Change to another type of lower secondary school: Recommendation of the class conference of the handing secondary school plus Change from a special school to inclusive teaching or from inclusive teaching to a special school Notification of the school authority about the school to be attended


Preconditions
A prerequisite for switching from primary school to lower secondary school is successful attendance at primary school. A prerequisite for a change from a Realschule plus within the lower secondary level to a Gymnasium is a corresponding recommendation of the class conference. A change to an integrated comprehensive school is only possible if there is a reception capacity there. Only pupils for whom the school authority has identified special educational needs are admitted to a special school or a focus school with inclusive teaching. The specific school to be attended is determined by the school authority after consulting the parents.
Change from primary school to lower secondary school: You register your child at your desired lower secondary school. In the case of grammar schools and Realschulen plus, a "diversion procedure" to another school of the corresponding type of school may take place if the reception capacity of the desired school is exceeded. In the case of integrated comprehensive schools, a lottery procedure takes place if capacity is exceeded. Changes within the types of lower secondary education: A change from a Realschule plus to a Gymnasium requires a corresponding recommendation of the class conference. A change from a Gymnasium to a Realschule plus is usually possible at the end of each school semester; in grade 10 only in special cases and only at the end of the school year. Change from inclusive teaching to a special school or change from special school to inclusive teaching If the special educational needs still exist, you can submit an informal application for a change to a special school or to the inclusive lessons on the date of the half-year certificates. The change will take effect at the beginning of the next school year. The specific special school to be attended or the specific focus school to be attended is determined by the school authority. Change to another course of education at a special school or in inclusive lessons You must submit an informal application for a review of the special education priority or educational programme. The attended school carries out the procedure. The decision is made by the school authority on the basis of a special education report. For the abolition of the special education focus or the change to the same teaching, you submit an informal application to the school visited. The decision is made by the school management of the school visited. The receiving and the transferring school work together during the transition so that the change succeeds. You will receive comprehensive advice on this.

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14.01.2021