All children who have reached the age of six by a fixed deadline will be required to attend school at the beginning of the following school year.
At the request of the legal guardians, younger children may be admitted to school if they have the necessary physical and mental capacity to attend school and are sufficiently developed in their social behaviour. School-age children who are not yet sufficiently developed physically, mentally or in their social behaviour may be deferred by one year. They may be required to attend a school kindergarten to promote their development.
The cut-off date for compulsory schooling in Lower Saxony will be moved in three steps from 30 June of each year to 30 September. In order to give school authorities and parents enough time to adapt to the change, children who had reached the age of six by 31 July 2010 were required to attend school for the first time in 2010. In 2011 the cut-off date will be 31 August and from 2012 30 September. That is, to become compulsory schooling
- at the beginning of the school year 2011/2012, all children who reach the age of six in the period from 1 August 2010 to 31 August 2011,
- at the beginning of the school year 2012/2013 all children who reach the age of six by 30 September (2012).
From 2012 onwards, the new version of the Lower Saxony School Act (NSchG) will be applied for the first time and will then apply accordingly for the following school years - the cut-off date is then 30 September.
Compulsory schooling generally lasts 12 school years. It is divided into at least nine years of full-time compulsory education in primary and lower secondary education. Subsequently, compulsory education in upper secondary education is fulfilled by attending a general or vocational school or, for trainees, by attending vocational school. It can also be shortened in individual cases.
Exceptions may be made if pupils have skipped a school year or attended a school abroad. The duration of a deferral from school attendance and the third school year in the entrance level can be credited to the school period. The duration of a suspension of compulsory schooling is also taken into account.
For more information:
Who should I contact?
The responsibility lies with the school where you want to register your child.
Which documents are required?
Documents are required. Please contact the competent authority.
What are the fees?
There are no fees.
What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?
Deadlines must be observed. Please contact the competent authority.
What else should I know?
This procedure can also be carried out through a "Point of Single Contact". The "Point of Single Contact" is a special service offered by municipalities and the state for service providers.
More information at: Administrative services as a single body
The text was automatically translated based on the German content.
Technically approved by
Ministry of Culture of Lower Saxony