+371 29250084


08:00 - 18:30

Monday to Friday

+371 29250084 schule@deutscheschuleriga.lv

Dzirnavu iela 16

Riga, Latvija

08:00 - 18:30 Monday to Friday

German Education System

The German education system is radically different from the systems prevalent in most of the rest of the world. In most countries, including Latvia and the US, all children typically attend school grades 1-12 together and up to 95% of students manage to obtain the respective national high school diploma giving access to university.

In stark contrast, the German “Abitur” on purpose has been designed so that only 50% of native speaking Germans can pass it. The other half of German native speakers leave school after grade 9 or 10 years in order to attend vocational training schools or “non-university” professional academies leading to qualifications such as for example hospital nurse, policeman, or certified electrician etc. In Germany, children are sorted at age 10 either into the “Gymnasium”, track, which prepares for the “Abitur”, or into the “Realschule” or “Hauptschule” tracks, which prepare for vocational training schools or non-university academies.


Furthermore, please be aware that children seeking to attend Deutsche Schule Riga (DSR are required to learn more languages, at a younger age, and to a far higher level of proficiency; then children just about anywhere else in the world, including children at public schools in Germany. At DSR, we pursue the very ambitious goal of attaining full professional fluency in three languages, plus medium proficiency in one or two more languages.

Given those particular goals, the demands of the DSR curricula are therefore simply not suitable for all children.

For example, the number of our language lessons in DSR 1st grade is already DOUBLE that of a Latvian or public German 1st grade class. For example, in Latvia, 1st grade students get 6 lessons of Latvian and 2 lessons of English, for a total of 8 language lessons.  The DSR 1st grade curricula already features 6 lessons of German, 4 lessons of English, plus 5 lessons of Latvian (our instead of Latvian a different extra-curricular language of choice), for a total of 15 language lessons. If, instead of 5 lessons of Latvian, you chose to study 5 lessons in another language, your child will still get (on top of that) 2 extra lessons of Latvian, for a total of 17 language lessons (compared to 8 in the Latvian or German public school system). In grade 5 the DSR already introduces a 4th (or 5th) language, and the total number of weekly language lessons increases to a minimum of 19 language lessons.