Children & Schools

Kinder an der Dresden International School (DIS)

Source: Saxony Economic Development Corporation (WFS) / Michael Lange

TOP NOTCH CHILD CARE

Maintaining a sound work life balance is an important topic in Saxony. Here, it’s possible for young families to flexibly reenter their professional careers thanks to the full-time care of their children.

For example, the care of children under the age of five is guaranteed by nursery schools and, at a later stage, children’s day care centers. Saxony has one of the highest child care rates in all of Germany – the proportion of children aged 3 to 6 years in care related to all children of the same age group is 95.5 percent. The German average amounts to 93.6 percent.

School-aged children up to the fourth grade can be enrolled in day care centers during the afternoons.

Chart: Education Monitor 2017

Source: Cologne Institute for Economic Research (IW) / Initiative for a New Social Market Economy (INSM), "Education Monitor 2017"

TOP NOTCH EDUCATION

In 2017 as well, Saxony defended its first place in a comparison of the educational systems of all German federal states – already for the twelveth time in a row now! This was reported by the Education Monitor 2017, a comparative study conducted by the Cologne Institute for Economic Research (IW) on behalf of the Initiative for a New Social Market Economy (INSM).

Saxony scored high points in most of the 12 fields under investigation. Saxony achieved the top position with a total of 70.4 points.

Saxony exhibits specific strong points, for example, in the categories Support Infrastructure, Overall School Quality, Avoiding Educational Deprivation (in each instance, 1st place) as well as Research Orientation, University / MINT and Internationalization (in each instance, 2nd place).

Saxony has high rates of full time education and supervision in children’s day care centers and primary school Grundschulen. For example, 85.6 percent of the primary school Grundschule pupils in the Federal State (German national average: 34.4 percent) attended either the Offene Ganztagsschule (an all-day school providing traditional part time education and additional voluntary afternoon care programs) or the Gebundene Ganztagsschule (an all day school consisting of lessons which are distributed over the day while the entire daily program – also referred to as rhythmitized daily routine – is compulsory for all pupils). This is the second highest rate of all federal states. With 68.9 percent, the proportion of pupils at Ganztagsschulen all day schools at the Secondary Level I was also significantly above the average (the German national average: 41.5 percent).

In addition, 10.4 percent of the staff in child care facilities held a university degree (the third best value; the German national average: 6.4 percent).

The superb prerequisites for improving social participation really pay off when it comes to the objective of preventing educational deprivation. The lowest risk group of all federal states was obtained in math exams. Saxony also exhibited the lowest risk groups in an assessment of the learning progress of fourth graders.

FLEXIBLE EDUCATION

The foundation for successful education is created in Saxony’s schools. Four years of primary school Grundschule are followed by the secondary level Oberschule or the secondary level Gymnasium. It is possible to switch between both school types. While the secondary level Gymnasium prepares pupils primarily for their subsequent university studies, the secondary level Mittelschule creates the prerequisites for a quicker entry into their professional careers. Starting in seventh grade, pupils can choose between the Hauptschule school leaving certificate which they attain after ninth grade, or the secondary level Realschule certificate which is completed at the end of the tenth grade.

It is also possible to earn the university entrance qualification – either by attending a secondary level Gymnasium or by attending a secondary level Oberschule and subsequently the Berufliches Gymnasium, a special secondary level vocational school – at the end of the twelfth grade.

Data base of schools in Saxony (German)

SAXONY’S SCHOOLS IN FIGURES

Saxony has 1,280 public and 203 general educational schools which are funded independently. In the school year 2015/2016, 351,700 pupils attended these schools. This is an increase of 7,865 pupils (2.3 percent) when compared to the previous school year. The secondary level Oberschulen had 103,762 pupils and secondary level Gymnasien had 95,417 pupils. This is the largest number of pupils that has been registered since the school year 2005/2006.

Saxony’s pupils are instructed by 28,754 full time and/or part time teachers. Compared to the previous school year, this is an increase of 378 teachers, which translates into 1.3 percent.

LEIPZIG INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL (LIS)

Leipzig International School (LIS) was founded in 1992 for a small group of children coming from immigrant families. Today, the school welcomes more than 850 pupils from about 60 countries. Since 2014, a children’s day care center – the Early Childhood Centre – has also been a part of the LIS. In its Grundschule (Primary School), lessons are taught in line with an international curriculum (International Primary Curriculum) which is geared towards the British school system. In its Gymnasium (Secondary School), pupils are instructed in Grades 6 to 10 according to the Cambridge courses for IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education) and in Grades 11 and 12 according to the IB (International Baccalaureate) curriculum.

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DRESDEN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL (DIS)

Dresden International School (DIS) is a private (registered association) international all day school in Dresden which provides instructions in English. The officially accredited IB World School was founded in 1996 and started its educational activities with 13 pupils. Today, more than 500 pupils from 40 nations are educated at the DIS. In line with the International Baccalaureate program, the DIS offers the “Primary Years Program,” the “Middle Years Program,” and the “Diploma Program” for pupils between age 3 and 19. After having successfully completed Grade 12, pupils have the opportunity of receiving the globally acknowledged international IB diploma and, in addition, also a high school diploma.

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SAXONY INTERNATIONAL SCHOOLS (SIS)

The Saxony International Schools (SIS) are a network of schools in the Chemnitz / Zwickau region which consists of ten independent schools today – including 3 primary school Grundschulen, 4 secondary level Oberschulen, 2 secondary level Gymnasien, and 1 secondary level vocational school Berufliches Gymnasium – with a total of more than 1,000 pupils. The establishment of a fourth primary school Grundschule and a third secondary level Gymnasium are already underway. The demand for general educational institutions which are designed to meet the requirements of today’s international educational and professional career paths is increasing all the time. The SIS pursues the objective of becoming IB World Schools so as to be able to prepare their pupils for the International Abitur (International Baccalaureate = IB) university entrance qualification.

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