Schools

    You are new in Germany and would like to enroll your child at a suitable school?

    Here are some addresses that can provide you with information.

    Depending on the age of your child/children, different offices are responsible for school placements: the Kommunale Integrationszentrum (KI) [Municipal Integration Centre] and REGE mbH.

    In addition, the Schools Department and the Regional School Advisory Service of the City of Bielefeld will help you find your way around the German school system.

    Municipal Integration Centre

    All recently immigrated school-age children and young people up to the age of 16 years are counselled here and placed in schools.

    City of Bielefeld
     Municipal Integration Centre
    Niederwall 23
    33602 Bielefeld

    Advice on schools

    Multilingual brochures

    REGE mbH

    Young people 16 years of age or over who are subject to compulsory vocational schooling receive assistance here and are placed in international support classes at vocational colleges.

    Beratungsstelle Rege mbH
    Herforder Str. 73
    33602 Bielefeld

    Counselling Centre Rege

    Bielefeld Schools Department

    The Schools Department ensures that school placements including support for German language tuition are available for all recently immigrated school-age children and young people.

    City of Bielefeld
    Schools Department
    Niederwall 23
    33602 Bielefeld

    Schools Department Bielefeld

    Regional School Advisory Service of the City of Bielefeld

    The services offered by the regional school advisory service cover all psychological concerns in connection with schooling and are aimed not only at school students but also their parents.

    City of Bielefeld
    Regional School Advisory Service
    Turnerstr. 5-9
    33602 Bielefeld

    Regional School Advisory Service

    In Germany the school system is primarily the responsibility of the federal states. There is a diverse range of schools in North Rhine-Westphalia. The aim is to ensure that all school students have access to good educational opportunities matching their abilities and aptitudes.

    The school system is structured on the basis of different levels (primary level, lower secondary level, upper secondary level) and comprises different kinds of schools, including primary schools, secondary modern schools, junior high schools, secondary schools, comprehensive schools, grammar schools and special-needs schools.

    Source: www.schulministerium.nrw.de

    Children initially attend primary school from grades 1 to 4. They then attend grades 5 to 10 at a secondary school, after which they go to a vocational school or upper secondary school.

    You can find more information on the individual types of schools at:

    NRW Ministry of Education

    In North Rhine-Westphalia, the School Act stipulates that children must be enrolled at a school in the year in which they turn six years old by no later than 30 September of that year. The new school year always begins in the summer of each year. Children and young people attend school for at least ten years. Compulsory schooling continues until the school year in which the school students reach the age of 18.