Today I present you some key facts about the German school characterization. The Grading system looks different to the US system. The German grading scale runs from 1 to 6, with one being the best grade and six the worst. Poor grades in several subjects can result in a student having to repeat an entire school year.
The German class schedule looks more like a college schedule because it is not the same every day. Some classes take place three times a week, while others are only two days a week. In comparison to the US having around 180 days school year, German students have to attend for 220 days in an academic year. Moreover German students only get a six week summer vacation, but they have more frequent vacation breaks during the school year. Also there are different school vacation dates across the country. In order to avoid massive traffic jams, German schools in the 16 states have a staggered vacation schedule that rotates each year. One year schools in Berlin may begin their summer vacation in June, while those in Bavaria begin in July. Another year it may be the reverse.
Another difference to the US is the issue about school trips, that are often more ambitious and more extensive in Germany. A typical English class in Germany might have an annual trip by bus to London with their teachers for a week. Besides that having school busses in Germany is unusually. In most German cities and towns, pupils walk or use publich transportation to get to an from school.