Kids & Family Various School Types

All children who live in Germany are subject to compulsory education. If your child is 6 years old on 1st July of a given year, it has to go to school from August this year. Compulsory education usually last 11 school visit years or until the end of the school year, in which the pupil attains 18 years of age.

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Primary School (Grundschule)

Primary School covers the first four school years. A preschool can be part of a primary school. All primary schools in Hamburg offer all-day programmes.
www.hamburg.de/grundschulen

Grammar School (Gymnasium)

Hamburg’s Grammar Schools offer a uniform eight-year educational programme for the attainment of a general certificate of education – advanced level (Abitur). Pupils are educated in relatively homogeneous learning groups.
www.hamburg.de/gymnasium

Neighbourhood Comprehensive School (Stadtteilschule)

The Neighbourhood Comprehensive School provides pupils with the opportunity to earn various general certificates of education including a general certificate of education – advanced level (Abitur). The school prepares pupils for the transition to tertiary study or vocational training.
www.hamburg.de/stadtteilschule

All-day Service in Hamburg Schools (Ganztagsschule)

Hamburg schools offer all-day education and care. The service is always free of charge from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (leaflet: All-day service in Hamburg schools)
www.hamburg.de/ganztagsschule/

General Certificates of Education:

  • After the completion of year 9: a General certificate of secondary education
  • After the completion of year 10: a General certificate of education – advanced subsidiary level
  • After the completion of year 12: a General certificate of education – advanced level (from a Grammar School)
  • After the completion of year 13: a General certificate of education – advanced level (from a Neighbourhood Comprehensive School)


Detailed information in English about the school system in Hamburg can be found in the following download PDF:

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