Welcome to the sector where you get all the information you need to know everything about the upper-school.
Before you join the upper-school of Stadtteilschule Horn, you should consider the following information.
From the moment that the students decide to enter the upper-school, it takes them three years to reach the Abitur. You have to proove that you are up to the challenges that you are confronted with. In the first year (11th grade) the students are prepared for everything what is necessary to be successful in school life. The following two years (12th-13th grade) are divided into four semesters.These four semesters are graded individually however they are connected, because everything the students accomplish during this time counts for the school leaving certificate (Abitur) – comparable to the British A-levels. In addition, every student will be examined in four (3 in writing , 1 in oral ) different subjects.
- M.R.class: 13a
Selection of courses
In our school Stadtteilschule Horn as well as in our cooperating school Stadtteilschule Mümmelmansberg every student is being teached in the main subjects which are (German,English,Math) and a secondary foreign laguage (French or Spanish). Besides that the students have to choose a profile sector as well as several more courses and sports courses which replace the subjects the students had in the Vorstufe (grade 11). A profile sector is a cooperation of several subjects in which the profile giving subject is teached on a higher level whereas its accompanying subjects are taught on a basic level includin a seminar.
From the following profile sectors the students can choose from:
Geography: „conflicts between economy and ecology“
Sports: „sport and society“
History: „history within pictures“
Biology: „the human being : the past – the present – the future“
Chemestry: „life is chemestry “
Except of the main subjects (German,English,Math) and all subjects which are accoompany the profile sector, the students choose all the other subjects on their own.
The students can choose specific subjects including e.g. (literature, computer sience, philosophy/ religion, music, history, physics, theater, arts, etc.)as well as sports.
This kind of teaching not only makes it possible to increase the individuality of the students but also support them think of more then one topic at once which prepare them for the requirements of the modern society.
-M.R. class: 13a
The schedule of an upperclass-student looks different, depending on the "Profil" and classes you choose. It´s almost impossible to share the same schedule with a classmate. There are also certain rules that you need to consider.
For instance, a student needs at least 34 lessons a week. If you haven´t learned a third language yet,
you are going to have at least 36 lessons. The highest amount of lessons one can attend is 38 lessons a week which means that you have every day classes until 4:15 pm.
However, the possibillities how a schedule can look like are endless.
Lessons are generally teached 90-minutes long. It´s more efficient that way because
once the students get into the work-mood without beeing interrupted the more work they get done.
Most students don´t have continious lessons, that means that it might happen that one students has a break of 1-3 hours until the next lesson begins. Additionally, there is the possibillity to have just 4 lessons on one day (like this case on Wednesday).
There is a lunch break of about 75-minutes in the middle of the day where we can eat, do homeworks or prepare for lessons/exams ect...
Those bigger breaks allow a huge amount of freetime activities. If your next lesson takes place in another school ( - there is a cooperation between Horn <--> Mümmel to offer a bigger variety of different courses) you need to use your break to change the building.
It takes the whole break to get there and if you´re moving slowly, you will be late for sure !
-M.Ri. class: 13a
Here is an example of a schedule (11th Class) :
Most students fear exams. But what does an exam look like and when are they written?
First of all students get a new exam-schedule every semester. All students need to follow it
without lame excuses such as “I had headache“. If you missed an exam you need a medical
certificate, otherwise it counts as missed and you get instantly 0 points (~ F). On the one hand having a schedule is great because you can plan your time but on the other hand you know which of your weeks is the worst which may cause a lot of stress. Furthermore a usual exam lasts 90 minutes. If you are going to write a German exam or make an arrangement with the teacher it could go up to 165 minutes (3 lessons). To write such an exam is really exhausting.
However if you're done with it, you feel great. The
structure of upper school exams is often similar (Depending on the subjects, 3 tasks are given). For example a German exam. The first task is about reproduction like writing a summary. The next
task needs a lot of effort and time. It is an analysis or writing an essay. Finally, the last task is a creative one or a comment or a discussion. More information can be found here. Obviously
exams in subjects like music or computer science look different. Even a practical demonstration like playing a instrument or writing a program could count as an exam.
Here is an example of an exam-schedule
The last point I want to mention is that every
student is forced to choose (every
second semester) a subject where the
exam is skipped. In exchange the student is forced to present some tasks the teacher has given him.
(Klausurersatzleistung ~ oral exam).
The presentation should last around 15 minutes. Two weeks are given for the preparation and the student needs to work out a written version of the presentation. After the presentation the student will face an intense discussion about the given theme, where the knowledge about the theme is tested in different areas. That will take about 15 minutes.
How do the upper-school students spend their free time between the lessons?
In most cases the following lessons influence the way how students spend their break.
The most popular way to spend the break is going to the HDJ, a place to relax, to listen to music and to chatt with other students. Students also go to the cafeteria to have a simple lunch.
Hard-woking students sit down in the “Studienzone“, a nice quiet place to work in, to do their homeworks or to prepare for upcomming exams. The “Studienzone“ offers plenty of books to read and the opportunity to use the internet.
Some students don't really have a break because they are “forced“ to change schools or at least buldings.It depends on the courses the students selected at the beginning of the year and the schedule. Some stundnts have a 5 min walk and arrive just in time. While other stundets spend
their entire break to go to another school,using the subway.There is a small period of time to catch the subwayand arrive at the school in time.Those students eat their lunch in the subway.
My personal impression
Now I'm going to talk about my first impressions in upper school. The first few months were the hardest. I think a lot of students would agree with this.
The reason why is that new students in upper school are not used to one and half hour lessons and that the homewok becomes more challenging. Upper school requires more effort in everything.
However, this is just one side of the medal. On the other side teachers start treating you like an adult. You have more freedom in everything you do. It is up to you if you want to spend your break in school, at home or at a park.
I like going to upper school. Students with the mindset that they learn for themselves, have a brighter future, enjoy it the most.
I enjoy working together on presentations. I love doing the research together and designing the presentation. Even though I don't like the presenting itself this is the task I have the most fun with.
-T. R.class: 13a