The schools in the town of Schönebeck (Elbe) offer children and teenagers many ways of achieving their individual goals.
Primary schools (Years 1-4)
Even primary school children can select from among the state schools provided by the local authority and a number of independently run alternative schools.
Secondary education: Secondary general school or grammar school?
Towards the end of primary education, in the middle of the 4th year of school, the points are set with regard to each child?s further educational pathway: either they go to the Secondary general school (where they can achieve the secondary general school certificate or intermediate school-leaving certificate as school-leaving qualifications) or they attend the Gymnasium (leading to the university-entrance qualification, the Abitur).
Additional offer of reaching a school-leaving certificate:
Special needs schools
Children with various types of special educational needs can be brought together at schools known as special needs schools if it is expected that they will obtain greater educational benefit from this.
Vocational training or higher education?
Young people need to have a clear idea of how they wish to shape their future some time before finishing school. The priority is then on choosing an occupation, attaining the necessary qualifications and then applying for a place on the corresponding training or higher educational courses.
Further educational opportunities outside schools
There is a Kreisvolkshochschule (adult education centre) and a Kreismusikschule (music school) with specialist educational provision.