Schools (Schulen)

If your child is going to attend a school in Germany, please bring all relevant certificates documenting your child’s previous educational history as well as her or his vaccination records. You will need certified translations of the relevant records in German or English.

We are happy to assist you with finding suitable schools for your children. Please schedule an appointment.

The German school system:

Primary school (Grundschule): students from age 6 to 10 (year 1 – 4). Since all German primary schools have catchment areas, you need to have a home address before you register your child in the relevant school.

Secondary school (weiterführende Schulen): students from age 10 (from year 5): The German school system offers different secondary schools catering for different academic levels.

  • Hauptschule: years 5 – 9
  • Realschule: years 5 – 10
  • Gesamtschule (comprehensive school): years 5 – 10
  • Gesamtschule + Oberstufe (comprehensive school + upper secondary): years 5 – 12 / 13
  • Gymnasium (grammar school): years 5 – 12 / 13

Schools in Darmstadt and Darmstadt-Dieburg

International Schools

State International School Seeheim (SISS Primary and SISS Secondary) and International Preschool are located 15 km south of Darmstadt.

More international schools can be found in and around Frankfurt.


The information on this website is not legally binding.